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New rules for Brits renting out their second homes in Spain to holidaymakers 

Brits who own second homes in Spain and rent them out to holidaymakers will have to follow new coronavirus safety rules.

They must take the names and phone numbers of all guests on arrival and forward them to the authorities so they can be contacted if there is a virus outbreak they have been close to.Holidaymakers must also be warned about being careful in communal areas if their apartment is within a block where residents live full-time.

A new protocol has been drawn up by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality in coordination with the tourism sector on behalf of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.The rules have taken longer to draft than those of the other sectors due to “the complexity of this subsector”.The aim, said a government spokesman, was to safeguard everyone’s health but it won’t be as far-reaching as hoped for. Although there are thousands of private holiday rentals across the Spanish mainland and in the holiday islands of the Canaries and Balearics, a huge number are not declared and will therefore fall under the radar.

Apartment blocks which have a reception will be asked to provide guests with a pack of personal protective equipment which includes at least a mask and gel or gloves.In the event that the tourist home is located in a residential, multi-family or multi-family building where common areas are shared between clients and residents, this pack must be provided before entering the building, and the client will have the obligation to use it.In receptions, disinfected keys or access cards must be provided to the client. Furthermore, a minimum security distance must be maintained between customers and employees and payment by card or other electronic means, preferably ‘contactless’, should be encouraged.In the event that any cleaning service is outsourced, the owners of the tourist home must supervise that the staff has the necessary personal protective equipment and that they must have a record of delivery and receipt of PPE.

Inside the homes there must be information on the prevention and hygienic-sanitary measures to be followed by the client, as well as the protocol that the client must follow in case they suspect they have been infected. This information must be in at least one foreign language.In addition, decoration and textiles should be reduced as much as possible, as well as carpets. The bins must have a non-manually operated bag and lid; blankets and pillows in closets must be protected; the hangers, in case they are not offered sealed, must be disinfected at the customer’s exit and the nearest public and private emergency telephones and hospitals must be provided.