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04th Jun 2020

Varadkar says summer 2020 is “far from lost” as he tells Dail when he expects travel to resume

Brian Dillon

Varadkar says summer 2020 is "far from lost" as he tells Dail when he expects travel to resume

Leo Varadkar described summer 2020 as “far from lost” as he told the Dail when he expects international travel to resume.

The Taoiseach said: “It is far too soon for people to book their holidays yet, but summer is far from lost.”

“However, we need to be confident that it is safe before we make the next move,” he added.

“I believe it is better to adopt a slow and steady approach instead of going too far and too fast.

“But given the numbers, I’m confident we can proceed to stage two on Monday.

“I hope to see international air travel resume, first through air bridges, but this is some weeks away.”

While many are questioning their holiday prospects for summer 2020, Spain announced that it will be welcoming international tourists from July.

In an interview with the local Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Reyes Maroto said, “It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to Spain in July.”

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has also stated that there will be a tourist season in Spain this summer, telling the country’s hospitality industry to prepare for it. He said:

“There will be a tourist season this summer. From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country.

“We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks. There will be no opposing forces between health and business.”

Last month, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan shared his thoughts on the prospects of foreign travel for leisure in summer 2020. He explained how he doesn’t “envisage that position will have changed in that time frame.”

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