Brit tourists in Gibraltar made to self-isolate after easyJet took them to Spain
Brits who went on holiday to Gibraltar are now having to self-isolate after easyJet put them up in a Spanish hotel.
Holidaymakers are currently free to travel to The Rock, with the overseas Brit territory on the UK’s virus safe list.
However, some easyJet customers had their flight to London Gatwick rescheduled on Monday due to poor weather.
Eighty of them were then taken to the city of Cadiz in Spain.
The UK’s air bridge with Spain collapsed last month in a dramatic government U-turn, following a marked rise in coronavirus cases.
As a result, the flyers were forced to quarantine for two weeks from yesterday.
Passenger Charlie Markham, 22, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, said:
“EasyJet bussed everyone over to Spain for the night and now they’re going to be mixing with people on the flight back who were safe in Gibraltar.”
Basil Pru, of Surrey, was among those taken to Cadiz and said: “We hear a few are going to keep it hush-hush because they don’t want to isolate.”
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An easyJet spokesman said: “We tried to provide as many hotel rooms in Gibraltar as possible.
“However, due to a shortage it was not possible to provide these for all customers. We offered accommodation in Spain for those who wanted it.”
Spain has so far recorded more than 400,000 coronavirus cases and over 28,000 deaths.
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On Tuesday, the country’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the army would help regions combat the rising infection rates.
He said that 2,000 soldiers will be deployed, telling the nation that “the Spanish government will provide the regions with the strength of the armed forces to carry out the tracing" of cases.
Regions will also be able to ask the central government to apply a state of alert in their territories.
Sanchez added: "We cannot allow the pandemic to take control of our lives again…we must take control, break this second curve.”
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