Madrid region blamed for UK decision not to greenlist Mallorca
On Monday, Economic Model, Tourism and Employment Minister Iago Negueruela said other parts of the country were responsible for the British government failing to consider the Balearic Islands separately when it came to its green list. The management of the pandemic in other regions, and he mentioned the Basque Country and Madrid in particular, has been “more flexible” than that of the Balearics, which are consequently “penalized”.
This is not the first time that Negueruela has blamed other regions for influencing what is happening with tourism in the Balearic Islands, where the regional government has applied measures to control the spread of the virus and keep the cumulative incidence low.
To Madrid specifically, where the 14-day per 100,000 incidence as of May 10 is 302.67, Negueruela said that managing the pandemic “is what is endangering the reactivation of tourism in other regions.” (The rate in the Balearic Islands is 58.38; in the Basque Country, 401.26.)
“We are one of the safest regions in Europe due to viral sequencing and health monitoring, and we will continue to work on it,” the minister concluded, after saying that the Spanish government had asked London to consider the specific case of islands for an opening up of tourism.