Spain main­tains cruise ship ban even as coun­try re­opens

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Spain is to up­hold a ban on cruise lin­ers from dock­ing at its ports to stop the spread of COVID-19, ac­cord­ing to a min­is­te­rial or­der.

Cruise lin­ers car­ry­ing thou­sands of pas­sen­gers reg­u­larly stop off at ports in the Balearic Is­lands, the Ca­nary Is­lands, Barcelona and Malaga, but were pro­hib­ited when Spain went into lock­down on March 14.

With their crowds of of­ten el­derly pas­sen­gers, cruise ships have been es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble to out­breaks of the virus and have been barred from dis­em­bark­ing in sev­eral coun­tries. Spain’s ban on the ves­sels will con­tinue un­til the coro­n­avirus epi­demic is brought un­der con­trol, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fi­cial State Gazette, even as the coun­try oth­er­wise re­opens to tourists in an ef­fort to re­vive an in­dus­try ham­mered by the coro­n­avirus lock­down. Reuters

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