#Ibiza hotels slam Spain's plans to open despite lack of tourists

SPAIN holidays attract huge crowds of British holidaymakers eager for sun, sea and sand. An easing of restrictions means hotels on Ibiza and Formentera can open in the next fortnight - but hoteliers have slammed plans due to a lack of tourists.

PUBLISHED: 12:10, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:27, Fri, May 1, 2020

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Spain is to remain in lockdown until at least May 9, but some restrictions have been eased. Children can now leave their home and from May 2, the public will be able to practice individual sports or go for walks, including the over 65s. Health Minister Salvado Illa has said: “The de-escalation plan will occur by province, not by autonomous regions, although there may be the odd exception.”

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The provinces which are most likely to have the lockdown restrictions lifted first include Murcia, the Balearic and the Canary Islands.

Under the Spanish Government's de-escalation plans, the Balearic island of Formentera is allowed to open hotels, under certain conditions, from May 4.

Formentera has been chosen as one of four islands which can jump to the first stage due to the low incidence of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ibiza can open hotels with effect from May 11 but with limited capacity such as closed-off "common areas.“

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spain holidays ibiza coronavirus hotel opening formentera hotels news latestSpain holidays: Ibiza can open hotels with effect from May 11 but with limited capacity (Image: Getty Images)

However, hoteliers have said they don’t understand what this means in practice.

Hotel owners on the Spanish islands have since criticised plans to reopen as there simply aren’t any tourists to accommodate.

Concerned hotel owners have said they won’t be able to afford health measures, staff wages and running costs if accommodation is only going to be a third full.

This comes after millions of pounds worth of revenue has already been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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