A surge of COVID-19 cases in Ibiza could lead the Spanish island to lose its U.K. travel green list status.
According to officials, the popular travel destination reported over 500 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with 303 reported on Sunday alone. Health experts have warned that Ibiza and the other Balearic Islands are now in a “critical” state.
The U.K. government has confirmed that travelers coming from Ibiza and the Balearic Islands will not be forced to quarantine upon arrival. If cases rise, however, the islands’ standing on the “green watch list” could potentially move back to the “amber” designation, in which 14-day quarantine precautions would return. Initially, The Balaeric Islands, along with Malta, Madeira, and Barbados were added to the “green list” on June 30th.
“There’s a dilemma brewing for the government here,” PC Agency CEO Paul Charles told the Birmingham Mail. “They’ve just put the Balearics onto the green watch list – they’ve made a great thing out of the green watch list being a cautious approach. Therefore, now the numbers have shot up over the last few days, let’s see if they stick to their word to move countries back to amber at short notice.”
U.K. nightlife is currently set to return on July 19th without any COVID safety measures in place.