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Government Handling of Spain Quarantine Policy "beyond shambolic" - Cortes

28 July 2020

TSSA today (Tuesday) condemned the government's "beyond shambolic" handling of the quarantine policy for Spain.

This comes after newspaper reports last night suggested that the quarantine period could be cut from 14 to 10 days.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary said, “The government's handling of its new quarantine policy for Spain is beyond shambolic. The quarantine was announced on Saturday evening, and changed just two days later - yesterday - to include the Balearic and Canary islands in the essential travel only lists. Now newspaper reports suggest yet another change is on its way as the self-isolation period could be cut from 10 to 14 days.

“Frankly, making it up as you go along is simply not good enough.

“It’s not good enough for those who bought holidays in Spain in good faith and now face the prospect of coming home early as flights are cancelled or whose wages may be docked for two weeks because of the need to quarantine. It’s not good enough for travel businesses who deserve absolute certainty and clarity about what destinations are safe. And it’s not good enough for our members whose jobs are now less safe than they were on Saturday.

“The government must, without further delay, put in place a bespoke package of support of support to save High Street travel shops and our members jobs beyond the end of the job retention scheme in October.” 

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