Spain to lift quarantine requirement for tourists July 1

Spain to lift quarantine requirement for tourists July 1
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Spanish officials will begin reopening the country to international tourists in July and end a mandatory two-week quarantine policy for incoming travelers, the country's prime minister said.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez made the announcement on Saturday, according to EuroNews, adding that the country's soccer league will resume operations next month and possibly open to the public the month after.

"Foreign tourists can therefore now plan their holidays," he reportedly said, while noting that the restrictions would lift on July 1.

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"The worst is behind us. In JULY we will gradually open [Spain] to international tourists, lift the quarantine, [and] ensure the highest standards of health safety," added Foreign Minister Arancha González on Twitter.

Spain has confirmed the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe, 235,000, behind only the U.K. Officials imposed strict lockdown procedures in mid-March, allowing residents outside only to walk their dogs, shop for groceries, or go to work at essential businesses and services.