Spain holiday boost as Brits WON’T have to wear face masks on beaches

BRITS jetting to Spain for some winter warmth will NOT have to wear masks on the beach.

It was feared UK holidaymakers opting for a sun-kissed Christmas break would have to wear face masks on the sand.

But Spain’s health minister Carolina Darias named beaches as an exception to newface mask rules introduced by the Spanish government.

Masks are compulsory in most public spaces, both inside and outside. Fines for failing to cover up outside will be up to €100 (£84.50).

The new rules on face masks have been brought in to combat the latest surge in Covid cases linked to the Omicron variant.

The Spanish government said it sees the new measure as “temporary”, signalling a return to the pre-Omicron situation of face masks in public spaces indoors only.

This would coincide with more tourists heading to Spain in the spring time.

Spain has opted against following the lead of neighbours France and remains open to some Brits.

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Everyone over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to enter the country – which is a problem for many British teens who have not yet had the chance to get both vaccines.

The rule has prompted thousands of Brits to cancel their holidays to Spain.

Brits could have to fork out more for a holiday in Benidorm if a new tourist tax is introduced.

The Valencian government wants to introduce the tax which would see tourists pay a fee for each night they stay.

For a two-week holiday in Benidorm, that could cost a family of four an additional £94.

Austria is the latest country to ban Brits from visiting, unless they have had their booster.

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