Leading resort chain Riu is reopening 54 hotels in 16 countries this summer following the suspension of tourism due to Covid-19.

The Spanish hotel company gradually began restarting operations in some locations at the end of May.

Twenty properties are already open in Spain with others set to return in the first half of July in Madeira, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Morocco.

The start of the month will see Caribbean hotels reopening in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Aruba in Aruba and Costa Mujeres in Mexico

The latest hotels set to reopening are: Riu Vistamar on July 3 and Riu Palace Oasis on July 10 in Gran Canaria.

Riu Playa Park and Riu Festival are opening on July 12 and 19 respectively in Majorca.

Riu Guarana has started accepting guests on the Portuguese Algarve and Riu Palace Madeira will also open on July 4.

This will see hotels being available from July in Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, US, Bulgaria, Portugal, Ireland, Jamaica, Mauritius, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Morocco, Zanzibar and Sri Lanka.

All the hotels will follow the 17 strict safety protocols set out in post-Covid guidance written in partnership with consultant Preverisk.

This offers “the highest possible level of guarantee for the health and safety of customers and staff”.

The company has developed a specific training programme to help its staff apply the new protocols.

“The measures are meticulous and strict, starting by limiting hotel occupancy to 50 or 60%, unless the country’s legal limit is lower, to offer maximum safety and peace of mind to users and employees,” Riu said.

“The measures will be relaxed gradually as the health authorities impose new regulations.”