With concerns the new Covid-19 XBB.1.5 sub-variant – the most transmissible Omicron sub-variant detected so far – could cause cases of the virus to spike across Europe in the coming weeks, holiday hotspots in Spain may adopt stricter measures once more.
President of the regional government Juanna Moreno has asked for “maximum precaution” and has warned that he wouldn’t rule out the “adoption of preventative measures”, saying: “I prefer to be far-sighted.”
The Andalusia region of Spain is home to many popular holiday hotspots, such as Malaga, Seville and Granada.
According to the Andalusian president, a public health committee are set to meet with experts next week on January 17 to “shed light on how we can address some of the aspects which are worrying us.”
Meanwhile, visitors and locals alike on the Balearic Islands – made up of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – have been advised to wear face masks indoors by Patricia Gómez, Minister of Health of the Balearic Government.
She has said the advice will continue to be “recommended”, but will not be mandatory for now.