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.
o-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.
The Spanish simply would not tolerate those booze bikes you see touring Belfast city centre, totally oblivious to the social distancing measures the rate paying pubs and restaurants here have been implementing at great cost.
Nor, in Spain, would you see the blatant disregard for the wearing of face masks on public transport we see here.
It was no hardship or inconvenience last week to wear a mask on the public street, buses and trains and in shops. You don't have to wear one at the pool or on the beach unless you are walking around, nor are they required in bars and restaurants.
Hygiene in every establishment you go into has become a virtue. I did not see anyone, local or tourist, refuse to comply.
Police are constantly but unobtrusively on the watch for breaches, offering a gentle reminder at the first sign of forgetfulness but prepared to apply a heavy hand and €100 fine, if necessary. One day last week I watched a police helicopter buzz a beach where they believed too many people had gathered too closely together.
Neither the Spanish nor the resident British and Irish ex-pats on the Costa have any desire to endure another oppressive lockdown. They believed they had reduced risk to an absolute manageable minimum to reboot their economy only to pay the price of unquestionably more lax standards many hundreds of miles away.
To say this is their worst summer, economically, since mass tourism began would be an understatement.
But just when they thought it was safe to welcome us back into the clear blue waters of the Med, along comes this hammer blow.
It is all the harder for them to take, knowing that through their efforts, the Costa resorts escaped the worst of the pandemic that ravaged the county in March and April.
This blanket ban on Spanish holidays, for effectively that is what it is, has been brought in as a response to localised, contained outbreaks in Aragon, Navarra and Catalunya which are hundreds of miles from the main Costa del Sol destinations for Northern Ireland holiday makers, many of whom are still there and facing an uncertain end to their eagerly looked forward to sunshine breaks.
It is akin to other countries imposing quarantine restrictions on visitors arriving from all parts of Northern Ireland as a result of the recent clusters here.
Or penalising everyone from England because of what is happening in Leicester, Blackburn and Luton. Imagine the outrage?
Of course, health and the prevention of transmission by export is vitally important. No-one understands that more than the Spanish who endured one of the most draconian lockdowns in peacetime to bring the virus under control. They have done that to a greater degree than the UK, which still has more recorded cases than Spain.
Those spikes that prompted the new crackdown are being blamed on foreign seasonal fruit pickers importing the virus into one area and in the others being spread among young people after the premature reopening of nightclubs. These have now been shut down again, localised lockdowns imposed and a massive track and trace operation involving the military has been launched.
There is confidence those local outbreaks are being brought under control and that a so-called second wave is not about to engulf the country.
And, crucially, while 900 new cases were reported last week, in a country of 42m, there have as yet been no deaths among the new cases and few hospitalisations as it is mainly the young being affected.
The question being asked is why the UK, as Belgium has done, cannot confine the quarantine obligation to those returning from the affected areas, making it regional rather than mitigating against an entire country? As previously seen, the regulation is practically unenforceable anyway.
The question not being answered is when will the situation be reviewed? As with all things coronavirus there is the impression of a government not knowing what it is doing and making up policy as it goes along.
Among those left shaking their heads at the sudden and sweeping imposition on what they and visitors, like myself, consider to be a safe haven, is Portrush native Mags McShannock, 15 years resident in Spain and working in the Red Dragon Golf Bar on Torreblanca seafront, a popular stop for UK and Irish holidaymakers.
"The regulations here have been stricter than anywhere else in Spain," said Mags. "We had the most severe lockdown imaginable for four months but we got through it for the sake of normal life and the tourist economy returning, which it has been with more and more numbers each week and everyone respecting the rules and advice. Now through no fault of our own, we are facing uncertainty again."