SDLP Health Spokeperson, Colin McGrath MLA has said that the decision to enforce an immediate 14-day quarantine on travellers returning from Spain highlights how volatile foreign travel restrictions are at present.
The South Down MLA commented: “This decision has been taken in light of the increased numbers of cases in a number of areas in Spain, with places such as Aragon and Catalonia seeing large increases of new cases.”
This will be a shock to people returning from Spain in the coming days as they will now have to make arrangements regarding work and other domestic matters and prepare for 14 days of isolation. I hope that testing will be made available quickly for these people so a quick result will enable them to return to work sooner.
Many people will now have to take the decision not to travel on their holidays and this will be a blow to them. I feel especially for families with children who may now have to explain why they cannot travel.
This highlights the benefits of a ‘staycationing’ and with the popularity of Spain will be a knock to the tourism industry there and to the travel industry here.
Such decisions are taken in the interests of safety for all our community and I hope that people comply and adhere to the regulations.”