The vice president of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Aguado, advocates progressively restoring mobility in a “safe” way and raises the possibility that, in addition to those vaccinated, those who present a negative PCR test may move between regions.
“Is it logical that the French arrive through Barajas to Madrid but the Basques or Andalusians do not come?”, The vice president raised after holding a meeting with representatives of the tourism sector in the region.
Aguado understands that “new solutions” must be sought beyond the recipes applied in the first and second waves, since science “advances and provides more tools.” “It is necessary to be able to guarantee the maximum possible mobility without affecting the health”, has affected the vice-president, who has wondered if it will be necessary to wait for the entire European Union to be vaccinated to allow travel.
For the vice president it is important to “open the debate” around this vaccination card that allows transfers, like a negative PCR, in order to “advance” and has asked that it be “as soon as possible.” He has proposed, in this line, that if it could not be contemplated for Easter, it should be at least for summer.
“Without mobility, recovery will be more complicated”
It is not necessary to continue influencing restrictions, having other safe formulas “, has slipped Aguado, who has given examples such as Iceland, Denmark or Greece and Serbia, where similar solutions would have been applied to be able to recover mobility in part, since” without mobility it will be more complicated recovery “.
At this point, he has stressed that Spain “depends extraordinarily on tourism” and has made the minister of the sector, Reyes Maroto, ugly, that she is not the one who is leading the commitment to the “Covid passport” at the European level; although he has stressed that he feels “respect” towards those who do not think like him.
During his speech he has detailed some data that show the collapse of tourism, such as the fall of 80% of international travelers, the decrease in the turnover of the sector – “10,000 million in 2019” – or that one in four workers in ERTE of the region is in the tourism sector.
Consider the Covid passport a necessary debate
That is why he understood that it was necessary to “open the debate” on the primer last week and has denied that the president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, “disavowed” him. “There cannot be, nor should there be disavowals between partners. There may be different types of opinion, as in this case,” he has stated.
Aguado believes that putting this issue on the public agenda has meant “progress” to get out of the “hamster wheel” in which restrictions could fall. He also added that this passport “should not be discriminatory”, but should be a “facilitator of mobility.” Once the debate was open, he insisted that the decisions regarding this measure correspond to the Ministry of Health and the European Union, on which he has indicated that next week he will make a “firm proposal” on this initiative, which he hopes will come out. ahead.