Spain: Mallorca hotels prepare for reopening ahead of first German tourists’ arrival

Hotels in the Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca and Ibiza, are preparing for the arrival of the first wave of German tourists. On Sunday, personnel in Mallorca hotels were seen getting their facilities ready in compliance with the obligatory security and hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The precautions taken include the installation of thermographic cameras that measure the temperature of the people entering the hotel or protective screens by the hotel reception. «Methacrylate plates are installed at the reception desk to separate workers from customers. The staff wear gloves and a mask, and the clients are offered a mask if they do not have one. In order to check in at the hotel, they must wear a mask,” explained Xisca Sitjar, director of Hotel Riu Bravo in Palma de Mallorca. The Balearic Islands, through a TUI pilot program to restart international tourism in Spain, will allow the gradual arrival of 10,900 German tourists from Monday 15 until the end of the month. Visitors will not be required to quarantine and will have to stay on the islands for at least five nights. The Balearic government has explained that the programme is being carried out with Germany because it is the main market for tourists to the islands and because it has similar epidemiological data to that of the islands.

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