The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, has supported today in Mahón the proposal of the Balearic government and the Consell de Menorca that specific safe air corridors can be negotiated with the issuing countries island by island, that is, depending on the situation epidemiological disease that may exist in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera at any given time.
“The shared objective is for Menorca to continue to be an international tourism benchmark,” Valdés stressed during his visit to the Menorcan capital, where he met with the island’s main economic and social agents. Valdés has been accompanied by the president of the government, the socialist Francina Armengol; the president of the Consell de Menorca, the socialist Susana Mora; the Regional Minister for Tourism, Iago Negueruela, and the Government Delegate, Aina Calvo.
In statements to the media, Valdés has remarked that the problems that affect the tourism sector are shared among the different destinations, although he has warned that the best solutions to “consolidate the recovery as soon as possible” have to take into account the “reality itself »Of each territory.
Finally, the Secretary of State for Tourism has indicated that the Government of Spain “is very aware of the tourism sector and from the beginning of the pandemic it supports it in a committed and determined way.” In this sense, he stressed that the central Executive has supported said sector “in the most difficult moments, it continues to do so now after a summer that has not been the one we expected and will continue to do so in the recovery of the sector, which we hope will arrive as soon as possible ».
For its part, Armengol announced this Thursday in Menorca that on that island there will be a relaxation of the restrictions recently set by the Government to prevent the advance of coronavirus infections in the Balearic Islands as a whole. The regional president has indicated that this decision has been taken as the current epidemiological data for Menorca is better than those for Mallorca and Ibiza.
In this way, from Saturday Menorca will be able to increase the capacity to 100% of the street markets with less than 20 stalls. If they have between 21 and 100 positions, the restriction will go from the current 50% to 75% of the capacity, always prioritizing the food positions. In the same line, action will be taken in relation to the terraces. Thus, their capacity will be increased from 50% to 75% in catering and hotel establishments with an interior capacity of more than 50 people.
As for residences for the elderly, the restriction of one visit per day of one hour will be eliminated. Even so, it will be mandatory to continue arranging visits, which will be supervised and will take place in large spaces with good ventilation. In addition, residents will also be allowed to leave independently or accompanied by family members or people from their emotional environment, although said residents will not be able to spend the night outside their centers.
Armengol has advanced some data that show the good evolution in the control of Covid-19 in Menorca in recent weeks. Thus, it has indicated that the accumulated incidence in the last seven days is 19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on said island, while in the Balearic Islands as a whole it is 114 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Likewise, it has specified that in the last two weeks Menorca has gone from having 169 active cases to only having 36 today, with one patient on the ward and none in the ICU.