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I felt far safer from the virus on the Costa del Sol than I did in Belfast

Jim Gracey


Telegraph's Jim Gracey, who returned to NI from Spain just hours before the new rules came in, says there's no need to put restrictions on Costas

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Torreblanca beach

Torreblanca beach

Jim Gracey

Jim Gracey

Mags McShannock

Mags McShannock

Torreblanca beach

When Health Minister Robin Swann added Northern Ireland to the new quarantine rush job on Saturday night, he will not only have dismayed the many hundreds of local holidaymakers, whose present and future travel plans have been thrown into disarray, but also the hundreds of thousands involved in and dependent on the Spanish tourism industry.

No-one could have done more to make their country safe for visitors over the past few months than the Spanish people as a whole and their British and Irish ex-pat guests helping to drive the hospitality sector through their bar and restaurant businesses on the largely unaffected Costas.

I spent last week on the Costa del Sol where I have been going for 32 years and felt safer from Covid-19 than in Belfast.