Coronavirus: all Spanish hotels ordered to close

This latest state of alarm regulation comes into effect on Thursday 26th March in a bid to slow down the coronavirus outbreak in Spain

Photo by Nusa Urbancek on Unsplash
Photo by Nusa Urbancek on Unsplash
24 March 2020, Emma Donaldson

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain, the government's state of alert decree originally imposed the temporary closure of all shops and restaurants, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and other services considered to be essential. Hotels were originally excluded from the measures to prevent the thousands of customers who were staying in Spanish territory from being left in limbo.

In an update to the state of alarm rules and regulations, the Government has however decided to force the closure of all tourist accommodation to prevent them from being a possible epicentre for the spread of the coronavirus, a move thought to affect around 13,000 establishments. The Department of Health in Spain has recently published a ministerial order in an extraordinary Official State Bulletin (BOE) which has therefore established the suspension of the opening of hotels, tourist accommodation, campsites, caravan parks and other similar services throughout Spain. This comes after various hotels in the Madrid region had already closed their doors voluntarily and offered their buildings as make-shift hospitals.

The closure of hotels and tourist establishments must take place “as soon as there are no longer clients to be attended” and must be closed and fully abide by these additional lockdown regulations by Thursday 26th March. The government has stated that the provision of surveillance, security and maintenance services in these establishments is however allowed.

It has been clarified by the authorities that long-stay accommodation can remain open, providing each property has the necessary infrastructure for residents to abide by the conditions of total confinement currently in force in the country. Therefore, guests who were already in long-stay accommodation before the state of alarm was declared will be able to stay provided they are in a private room and don’t have to make use of communal areas. Such establishments will not be able to admit new guests until further notice.

If you’ve been caught up in a hotel which has had to close or are currently on holiday in Spain, government advice states that you should contact your corresponding embassy or foreign office as soon as possible.

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