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We'll pay for tests, Spain's hotels say

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 27, 2020
Spain’s hotels offered on Monday to pay for foreign tourists to take coronavirus tests, in an effort to lure back visitors worried by a fresh wave of cases and put off by Britain’s sudden imposition of a two week quarantine.
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Spain   Britain on Saturday shocked hoteliers and holidaymakers
Britain on Saturday shocked hoteliers and holidaymakers with an unexpected 14 day quarantine on people returning from Spain, in a major blow to a tourist season already hanging on by a thread.

Topics: Spain

“Not only is it unjust but it’s also totally illogical and lacking in rigour,” Spain’s main hotel association CEHAT said of the quarantine.

Instead, the association proposed a system of reciprocal testing across Europe and said its members would cover the cost for tourists coming to Spain.

Since ending its nationwide lockdown a month ago, Spain has been grappling with a rapid proliferation of new cases. The health ministry reported 6,361 new cases over the weekend and said it was monitoring 361 clusters around the country.