Brit holidaymakers are hoping that they could soon have the go-ahead for trips to Spain with the country set to ease Covid rules by lifting the outdoor mask-wearing rule.
With Spain’s vaccination programme now in full swing and a low Covid infection rate, it will no longer be compulsory for people to wear masks outside from next Saturday.
Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that “this weekend will be the last one with masks”.
But while it is a step in the right direction for holidaymakers, Brits would still have to quarantine if they return from Spain or many other European countries.
Mask wearing has been obligatory in Spain since last summer but the removal of the rule comes during a wave of optimism as 35million people have now been vaccinated, 45 percent of the country.
Neighbouring France has already decided to remove the rule on wearing masks outside.
A national curfew that has been enforced since October 30 will also be lifted from Sunday as France’s vaccine rollout has seen 58 percent of the adult population now having had their first dose at least.
Similarly the Netherlands is removing face masks rules and easing other restrictions. It is set to allow gatherings without restrictions from June 26 as long as people keep 1.5 metres apart.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte today said that this was a “special moment” with the easing of restrictions as 13 million people have now been vaccinated now in a country of 17.5 million people.
But masks are to remain for people on public transport and travelling by air where it is considered difficult to maintain social distancing.
The travel industry suffered a big blow when Portugal was removed from the UK’s green travel list and traditional holiday spots around Europe are keen to see Brits return.
But with many European countries seeing their Covid rates drop, the Delta variant is a growing concern in the UK where Boris Johnson has now postponed the removing of further restrictions due on July 21.
The UK has now been ranked in pole position with the highest number of new cases in Europe - ahead of Spain, which has a rate of 104.6 cases per million, Latvia with an average of 92.1, and followed by Andorra with 90.6.