‘Some people think I’m mad – but I’m still taking my family to Spain’

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A Brit mother said she will still be taking her family to Spain despite the new quarantine rules.

The Government announced over the weekend that people entering the UK from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days following a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.

Many have cancelled or cut short their holidays following the surprise news.

But Rachael Gillespie, 48, said she still intended to travel to Quesada, Murcia, in the south of Spain this morning with her partner and two daughters.

The mum from Llandough, Penarth, Wales, said she’s not ignoring the potential risk but said they’ll be a long way from where the worst of the outbreak appears to be.

She also said that even at home in the UK, holiday destinations are crowded.

Ms Gillespie told the BBC : “I’m not ignoring the potential risk but we’re staying in a family villa, have a family car and both my partner and I are fortunate to be able to work from home when we return.

“We’ll also be staying a long way from Catalonia where the worst of the outbreak appears to be in Spain.

“I know there’s a question over insurance and some people think I’m mad, but when you see the crowds in UK destinations like north Wales or the Lake District, where exactly is the safest place to holiday right now?”

Lesya Liskevych, from Reigate, Surrey, told the BBC she thought the new quarantine rules needed to be more flexible.

Ms Liskevych, who is currently in Lanzarote with her husband, said the thinks the rules should be based on the data.

She argued that that cases in Lanzarote are “very low” and that it’s not very busy on beaches.

Becky and Chloe from Hastings, who did not want to give their surnames, told the Guardian they were struggling to understand the move made by the UK government.

Becky said: “The place where were staying is a tiny little town and they’ve not really had any Covid-19.

“But coming back now is just a bit crap, because we’ve got to quarantine. I felt safer over there because everyone was wearing a face mask.

“Every other measure that they’ve implemented has come with a few day’s notice, but this one has come so suddenly.”

Spain is working on regaining confidence and convincing other countries that its coronavirus outbreak is under control, a minister said on Monday after Britain imposed a quarantine, threatening a tourist season already hanging on by a thread.

“We know that we are sailing through waters whose maps and characteristics are unknown to us, what we have to do is to regain that confidence and that element of security that is essential for the tourist activity”, Agriculture Minister Luis Planas told Antena 3 TV station.

The Spanish government is trying to convince the UK that it should at least exclude the Balearic and Canary islands, whose infection rates are very low, from the measure.

“I think the situation is under control but obviously there is a risk as in the rest of the European Union and other countries in the world,” Planas said, pointing out that Spain was not the only country witnessing a rebound in cases after lifting a lockdown.

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