Spain's Prime Minister has said there will be a tourist season this summer and the country will open its borders to foreign holidaymakers in July.

Pedro Sánchez told hospitality professionals to prepare to open up in time for the height of the summer.

"There will be a tourist season this summer," he said.

He went on to say that bars, restaurants and beach and inland hotels should "prepare to resume business in a few days".

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An empty beach in Sanxenxo, northwestern Spain
An empty beach in Sanxenxo, northwestern Spain

In a message directed to foreign tourists, Mr Sanchez said: "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. "

The Prime Minister said that despite a major drop in the coronavirus transmission curve, caution was still needed to beat the virus in the final stretch of the de-escalation.

"We are one step away from victory, but we are still in a health emergency, the virus has not disappeared, it is still on the prowl and we have to keep it at bay, it is essential not to relax," he warned.

A group of British and Norwegian residents pose as they drink beer on a terrace in the Magaluf

The Prime Minister said that two months ago the average infected person infected three others.

This Friday the reproduction rate stood at 0.20, he said.

However, at the moment Spain still has a 14-day quarantine period in place for all foreigners entering the country.

This will last at least until the State of Emergency is due to end on June 7.

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It may be extended for another two weeks or be scrapped.

A formal announcement on this has yet to be made but the Prime Minister has indicated the "new norm" would begin at the end of June.