Grant Shapps among British holidaymakers facing quarantine on return from Spain

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Spanish beach – Getty

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is among the British holidaymakers currently in Spain who will have to quarantine on their return. 

Ministers reimposed restrictions on travel from Spain, including its islands, on Saturday night following new outbreaks of coronavirus that prompted fears of a second wave of infections. This has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ plans into disarray.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office changed its advice to warn against all but essential travel to mainland Spain. 

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth said “you couldn’t make it up” after it was confirmed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is currently in Spain and will have to self-isolate on his return to Britain.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Mr Ashworth said: “You couldn’t make it up that Grant Shapps is over there on holiday in Spain when he is the Transport Secretary – I think that tells you everything about the sort of Government approach to this.”

Annie Bennett, one of Telegraph’s Travel experts in Spain, based in Madrid, said of the new restrictions:  “This announcement came as a total shock as the biggest outbreaks are concentrated in the regions of Catalonia and Aragón in the north of Spain – Barcelona is the only major tourist destination of concern.”

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