Could Spain ban Britons as Benidorm Covid levels rocket? Third higher than rest of Spain

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Benidorm’s Covid infections have risen to five times Spain’s national average, prompting fears Britons will be banned from the holiday hotspot. Are British tourists responsible for the spike in coronavirus infections in Spain? And could tougher restrictions be placed on tourism in the region?

The current rates of infection in Benidorm, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, are 215 cases per 100,000 people.

This is more than five times higher than the rate of average cases in the surrounding area of Valencia, which are at just 41.5 per 100,000 people, causing concerns about tourists bringing coronavirus to the Benidorm resorts.

The national average of coronavirus cases in the UK is much higher than Spain’s, with the 7-day average infection rate as of October 20, being 486.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Britons make up 22 percent of the international tourists in Benidorm.

Benidorm is expecting to host their annual fancy dress festival, the Benidorm Fiesta next month which could attract up to 30,000 British tourists.

If rising Covid infections cause Spanish tourism authorities to place tougher restrictions on British tourists entering the region, it could be another devastating blow to Benidorm’s tourism economy after a difficult year.

Earlier this year, reported on how travel restrictions had affected British expats and their businesses in Benidorm.

Some British expats had to rely on food banks and other means of financial help.

Speaking to the i, Toni Mayor, president of Hosbec, a business organisation representing hoteliers in the Valencia region, said: “We are worried because the number of Covid-19 cases in Benidorm have risen to above the national level.

“It is still under control but we need tourists to observe health restrictions to reduce the number of cases

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“So far, British tourists in Benidorm have generally respected our rules and wear masks inside bars and restaurants.

“Our hotels have not seen any Covid outbreaks. But we are still in the middle of a pandemic and it is not over yet. So people must wear masks.”

Travellers from the UK are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter the country.

In Spain it is still mandatory to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces including public transport.

Last week, Morocco banned travellers from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands from entering the country because of concern about rising infection rates in these countries.

Travel Industry insiders fear other countries could follow Morocco’s suit, or impose tougher restrictions for Britons, if the UK’s coronavirus infection rates continue to rise.

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