Spain orders closure of all hotels to contain spread of Covid-19

20th March 2020 (Last Updated March 20th, 2020 17:51)

The Spanish government has ordered closure of all hotels in its territory in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Spain orders closure of all hotels to contain spread of Covid-19
Spain to close all hotels to contain Covid-19 spread. Credit: Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

The Spanish government has ordered closure of all hotels in its territory in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Spain’s Ministry of Health published a new regulation in an extraordinary Official State Gazette (BOE) notice within the framework of the declaration of the State of Emergency declared this month due to the impact of the Wuhan virus.

In the new rule, which is set to come into force today, the preventive measure is established for all hotels and similar accommodation, tourist accommodation, among others.

Within a week, all hotels and similar tourist accommodation will close as a complement to the precautionary measures introduced to stem the spread of the virus.

Long-stay accommodation with necessary infrastructure for residents can remain open.

Spain reported 19,980 confirmed cases and 1,002 deaths.

The government declared a state of emergency on 14 March, as the country became the second-worst affected nation in the European Union.

In order to control the spread of the disease, the government has imposed a nationwide lockdown for two weeks and citizens are restricted from going out of their homes except for essential needs.

Coronavirus cases in Spain have been reported in the Canary Islands, Mallorca, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Villarreal and Tenerife.