The Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism has published 12 guides detailing the specifications for the ‘safe reopening’ of Spain’s tourism industry and help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Guides have been published with instructions and recommendations for hotels and tourist apartments; restaurants; travel agencies; golf courses; rural accommodation; spas; museums; tourist guides; information offices; hostels; camping sites; and active tourism.

Eight other free guides are pending validation by the Ministry of Health, relating to protected natural areas; nautical sports facilities and nautical activities; nightlife; amusement and leisure parks; tourist transport; visits to vineyards and industrial facilities; cultural, historical and natural sites; unique public spaces and beaches.

The guidelines, drawn up by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality (ICTE), contain specifications for service, cleaning and disinfection, maintenance and risk management.

They are designed to instruct the sector, which account for 12% of Spain’s GDP, to restart its activity with ‘maximum safety’ and boost the confidence of travellers.

Spain’s tourist board said it expects these guides to become nationwide standards.