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Coronavirus Spain: British expats in Benidorm have pub pints

British expats ditched their face masks and enjoyed their first pub pint for two months today as the Costa Blanca resort got back to business.

Some even took their shirts off while sipping lagers in the midday sun and topped up their tans in temperatures in the mid-seventies.

Bars and cafes in the famous Costa Blanca resort started getting back to business this morning as coronavirus restrictions in large swathes of Spain including Benidorm eased.

The holiday resort has moved to phase one of a four-stage recovery plan which means bar terraces can reopen with a limited number of people.

Some even took their shirts off while sipping lagers in the midday sun and topped up their tans in temperatures in the mid-seventies.

Bars and cafes in the famous Costa Blanca resort started getting back to business this morning as coronavirus restrictions in large swathes of Spain including Benidorm eased

Bars and cafes in the famous Costa Blanca resort started getting back to business this morning as coronavirus restrictions in large swathes of Spain including Benidorm eased

A maximum of ten people can sit at each table, which have to be a minimum of 6.5 feet apart. The terraces can open to 11pm under an agreement reached between local trade associations and Benidorm Town Hall.

The last time drink was served in pubs in the resort was the night of March 13, when closure orders affecting bars, restaurants and cafes were announced for the whole of the Valencian community including the province of Alicante, ahead of a national government-imposed state of emergency.

Although restrictions have eased on the Costa Blanca, expats on the Costa del Sol further south have been told they must wait for their favourite bars to re-open.

That is because the Spanish government said on Saturday the health situation in Malaga province was not good enough for the area to move onto phase one.

They have to make do for the time being with a few perks like outdoors sport, limited to two time-slots in the morning and evening.

Madrid and Barcelona were also told they had to stay on phase one.

The famous holiday resort, the scene of a mass exodus by British tourists in March when the coronavirus crisis started, has moved to phase one of a four-stage recovery plan which means bar terraces can reopen with a limited number of people

The famous holiday resort, the scene of a mass exodus by British tourists in March when the coronavirus crisis started, has moved to phase one of a four-stage recovery plan which means bar terraces can reopen with a limited number of people

The last time drink was served in pubs in the resort was the night of March 13, when closure orders affecting bars, restaurants and cafes were announced for the whole of the Valencian community including the province of Alicante, ahead of a national government-imposed state of emergency

The last time drink was served in pubs in the resort was the night of March 13, when closure orders affecting bars, restaurants and cafes were announced for the whole of the Valencian community including the province of Alicante, ahead of a national government-imposed state of emergency

The easing of restrictions in areas like Benidorm, which also apply to Brit-popular resorts like Magaluf in Majorca and Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife, came as Spain recorded its lowest rise in the number of coronavirus deaths for nearly two months.

Health chiefs said 123 people had died in the past 24 hours, 20 less than on Sunday. It was the lowest number of single-day Covid-19 deaths since March 18, when 107 were recorded.

The number of new cases also continues to go down, 373 today compared to the 621 announced yesterday. The official Covid-19 death toll in Spain now stands at 26,744.

Although expats are helping to keep the economy afloat in the Costas, Boris Johnson’s announcement of his two-week quarantine plans for people travelling to the UK this summer has caused more concern among Spanish tourist chiefs.

Although restrictions have eased on the Costa Blanca, expats on the Costa del Sol further south have been told they must wait for their favourite bars to re-open

Although restrictions have eased on the Costa Blanca, expats on the Costa del Sol further south have been told they must wait for their favourite bars to re-open

Although expats are helping to keep the economy afloat in the Costas, Boris Johnson's announcement of his two-week quarantine plans for people travelling to the UK this summer has caused more concern among Spanish tourist chiefs

Although expats are helping to keep the economy afloat in the Costas, Boris Johnson’s announcement of his two-week quarantine plans for people travelling to the UK this summer has caused more concern among Spanish tourist chiefs

ourists and locals returned to the bars and terraces in Benidorm today

ourists and locals returned to the bars and terraces in Benidorm today

The quarantine measures, expected to be introduced in early June, will apply to British holidaymakers able to get on planes to Spain this summer when they return to the UK.

Toni Mayor, president of the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotel association Hosbec, has been among those who have voiced concern over the quarantine measures Boris Johnson announced last night/on Sunday night.

He said: ‘It’s going to be a body blow for UK aviation and for tourism. I think we can wave goodbye to any hopes we had of British tourists returning to the Costa Blanca this summer if it’s in place in July and August.

‘No one would want to fly, I’m sure of it. No-one would want to holiday in Spain or Greece or anywhere else.

A worker mops the pavement outside a sporting goods store which reopened in Benidorm today

A worker mops the pavement outside a sporting goods store which reopened in Benidorm today

A shopkeeper and a shopper on the coast today as shops reopened for the first time in months

A shopkeeper and a shopper on the coast today as shops reopened for the first time in months

‘For places like Benidorm that depends so heavily on UK tourists, it would be a disaster.’

He added: ‘For me the only way forward is a common protocol applied across Europe for things like flights based on the sanitary conditions of the countries and regions people are coming from and going to.

‘Each country doing its own thing is not the solution in my mind.’ 

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