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Tourism industry in Spain not expected to be back to normal before the end of the year

Tables and chairs piled up outside a social security office in Malaga.
Tables and chairs piled up outside a social security office in Malaga. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The government is finalising a gradual return to activity with two milestones - the summer and the fnal quarter of 2020

The Spanish government is currently working on a plan to introduce a gradual return to normal activity after several weeks of confinement.

No date has been marked on the calendar, however, although the outline of a staged plan has been revealed.

"We are working on two phases of de-escalation [of restrictions], one for the summer and another for the end of the year," said the Employment minister, Yolanda Díaz, on Friday.

The first milestone, earmarked for June, envisages a return of productive sectors of the economy.

The second stage, in the final quarter of the year, will include industries such as tourism, culture and leisure, as well as air and sea transport. The minister admitted that these sectors would have "enormous difficulties" in recovering their activity, and measures were being considered to guide the process.

In terms of the relaxation of restrictions of movement, the government is working on a plan to allow children to be taken out for walks, under strict precautionary measures.