Spanish government on when and how we might go on holiday again

The Spanish government has issued a number of updates regarding holidays in the country.

In Spain, the spread of coronavirus is continuing to slow down.

Some 517 new deaths were recorded on April 12, while the number of infections logged was the lowest in more than three weeks, at nearly 3,500.

Heavy industry and construction workers returned to work on Monday after a two-week hiatus in economic activity, but the government is keeping most Spaniards under confinement for the fifth week in a row.

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Retail stores and services are still required to stay closed, and the government is strongly encouraging office workers to keep working from home.

However, the future of holidays in the country are still under discussion, says the Spanish tourism minister.

But Reyes Maroto didn't rule out restrictions staying in place once international tourism restart.

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Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais, she said: "We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person…

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"The issue of borders will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis.

"Therefore, I do not have the solution of when [they will be able to open].

"On how you will be able to enjoy our beaches, we are defining different scenarios.

"It is very important that the sanitary recommendations are maintained, we are going to have to internalise what we are already doing now, hand washing, social distancing … even on the beaches.

"Those patterns will be in our day to day for a time, you cannot take a step back."