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Junta calls for a safe national mobility at Easter plan from Madrid

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  • The Andalusian regional government points out that 70 per cent of tourists during these first major holidays of the year are normally Spanish

The vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía and Minister of Tourism, Juan Marín, has called on Spain’s central government to liaise with all the autonomous regions to establish a plan to guarantee safe national mobility during the Holy Week at Easter.

“If we lift the perimeter closure of Andalucia and there is no such national coordination between regions then we will find ourselves in a situation in which there will be a fourth wave of the coronavirus,” he said.

“We will really have taken a step backwards that we could neither afford nor forgive,” said Marín warning that the measures must be uniform throughout the country and must be adopted in good time.

Health passport

“Around 70 per cent of tourists at Easter are national travellers and if we want to recover tourism and activity there are tools available for it, but we cannot wait for them to be adopted in the month of April or the day before," said the vice president, recalling that for a year Andalucía has been calling for a health passport to be established to allow safe travel and regain confidence.

“This is not about opening up total mobility or opening airports, but about coordination. For a year we have been asking to implement a health certificate or a health passport and here we are still waiting for an answer," he said.

Marín insisted that decisions on mobility at Easter should be standard across the entire national territory.

Security

“Now in each region there are different restrictions. This is a puzzle and whoever is going to travel needs confidence. If we want people to come to Andalucía, we must give them that security.”

Shortly afterwards, in another press appearance, the vice-president of the Junta made it clear that “whatever experts decide about Easter will be followed. If they say that we can open mobility, it will be done. If they consider that everything needs to be closed, we will close it.”

“That is what we have to do because they are the ones who have brought us here, they took us out of the first and second waves. It is true that making economic activity compatible with saving lives is not an easy task,” he concluded.