“We love you! We are waiting for you!” Said González Laya during his speech on the program ‘Nous, les Européens’ (‘We, the Europeans’), on France 3 channel on French television, broadcast this Sunday.
When asked by the interviewer, Francis Letellier, González Laya acknowledged that “the borders are closed” and stressed that the most important thing at the moment is “not to endanger the lives of Spaniards or tourists”.
“Tourism is a very important activity for us,” stressed the minister, who recalled that the EU is preparing common protocols for air travel, train and boat, for border health control and for measures hygiene in hotel facilities.
González Laya has also appealed to the EU reconstruction fund and has pointed out that the tourism sector “is an important part of the European economy.”
In particular, the minister has referred to the French who are considering the possibility of traveling to Spain. “The country will be available, open” even though “it is a difficult time for France and for Spain,” he said.
The program has been focused on tourism and the consequences for the pandemic sector. After González Laya’s intervention, the presenter, Francis Letellier, questioned the viability of tourist trips. “Very good. Therefore, it will be necessary for Madrid to eliminate the fortnight of mandatory quarantine,” Letellier said on his Twitter account.
The Spanish Government has announced 15 days of mandatory quarantine for international movements arriving in the country, but already on May 15, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, clarified that this measure is “temporary and exceptional” and is linked to the alarm state, so it would stop applying once it is finished.