Brits itching for a holiday could have to wait until September to jet off to Spain due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Spain is struggling to get to grips with Covid-19 with a reported 140,510 cases and 13,798 deaths in the country.

The sunny country, which sees highs of 20C+ in April, would have been full of UK holidaymakers over the Easter holiday.

Sadly, last month, the government chose to lockdown popular resorts in favour for strict social-distancing measures.

As a result, Spain’s beaches, hotels, bars and streets sit empty and the bleak outlook has left many wondering when they’ll be able to return.

President of Benidorm's British Businesses Association, Karen Maling Cowles told Sun Online Travel: "We mustn't build people’s hopes up until the virus is contained, it’s not in our interests.

The government chose to lockdown popular resorts in favour for strict social-distancing measures

"I don't personally think that we’re going to start recovering from this until June or July and even that’s maybe early.

"But British tourism I don't see happening until September. Because the UK is still so far behind Spain and until you have it contained, people won’t be allowed to come and have their week in Benidorm.

"Otherwise, the locals will all be scared that they're going to get it and then it will be uncontrolled again.

"Movement is what has caused this virus to develop and it has to be contained.

“I don't think that until it is contained, people can begin to start thinking about their holidays again."

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She said that while Spain may be able to control the virus by June or July, British people are unlikely to be able to travel until what cause the virus has been contained.

On March 14, Spain declared a State of Emergency, which has already been extended until April 26.

Only British nationals who can prove they’re a resident in Spain are allowed to enter the country, but short-term accommodation such as hotels and campsites have been closed since March 26.

Ms Cowles said: "Movement is what has caused this virus to develop and it has to be contained.

“I don't think that until it is contained, people can begin to start thinking about their holidays again."

On March 14, Spain declared a State of Emergency, which has already been extended until April 26

The Association of British Travel Agents spokesperson, Sean Tipton told Sun Online Travel: "If you look at Spain, they are ahead of us in dealing with coronavirus, so that would imply they will deal with this earlier than we do and therefore their borders will probably open before ours do."

“They will want to make sure they can get over coronavirus first, but tourism is the second or third largest employer in Spain, so they really will be very keen on getting their hotels reopened as soon as they possibly can.

"The Spanish are also very sensible about pricing, so while other places might be tempted to put the prices up, they won't do it. So there will be some very good deals.

"We might see more people travelling outside of traditional summer months and Spain is ideally placed for that.

"The weather in southern Spain and the Balearics, is good until the middle of November, even if you go in January and February to the Costa Del Sol, the weather is generally sunny and pleasant in comparison to the UK.

"Then the Canary Islands will obviously do very well as it's a classic winter sun destination."