Deanna Maria R. & Emmy Hikins
Imagine that you’re finally able to take that vacation you wanted only to be locked in your hotel room for your entire stay. The tourists at Tenerife hotel didn’t have to imagine this troubling scenario, they lived it. After an Italian doctor, who was visiting the hotel, tested positive for the Corona virus, the hotel was locked down for two weeks under a mandatory quarantine. On March 10, 2020, BBC reported that the quarantine had been lifted after 14 days.
Guests of the hotel are seen celebrating as staff and health care workers clap and a police officer is seen removing the yellow police tape. Champagne bottles are seen sitting on a table in the background. One tourist is heard saying that the ordeal was a “surreal experience”. Even though the guests have been freed from their hotel nightmare of two weeks, that doesn’t guarantee that the government of Spain will allow them to return to their own countries. Some tourists, who are allowed to leave, feel it’s pointless that they will have to sit on a plane for 5 hours only having to turn around and put the masks back on because they had been exposed in Spain. They may have been granted release from quarantine in Spain but that doesn’t mean that their home countries won’t also put restrictions on them upon their return home.