Holidays to Spain for at-risk UK travelers with beach ‘dates’ needed

Britons hoping to fly to Spain for some winter sun could now face tough coronavirus restrictions as some places have tightened rules in response to surging cases.

The Balearic Islands – Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – are currently in tier three, while Tenerife – one of the Canary Islands – has moved to tier four, which has the strictest restrictions for locals and tourists.

The stricter Tier 4 rules mean that pubs and restaurants will all close at midnight and public transport is capped at 75% capacity.

Nightclubs are capped at 25% and vaccination passports are required to enter indoor venues.

A maximum of six people are allowed to meet, and the rule is not just for indoor gatherings but also outdoors.

Tenerife is currently in level 4 of Spain’s coronavirus restrictions

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Spas, jacuzzis and saunas are closed, and in a move that will have an even greater impact on holidaymakers, swimming pools are operating at 33% capacity.

For those hoping to hit the beach to soak up the sun, the beaches are being kept at 50% capacity and “a prior appointment may be required” for some sites, according to the tourist offices on the various islands.

Tier 3 restrictions still mean beaches can only be 50% full and you may need an appointment to visit one – so travelers heading to a Spanish destination with a lower covid restriction level will still face rules.

Bars and restaurants can stay open until 1 a.m. on Level 3, but you can still only gather up to six per group.

These levels remain in place until next Wednesday, January 20, when they will be revised.

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