Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Los Cristianos Carnival Suspended

Massive Events Suspended in The Canary Islands

The evolution of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic in recent days has led the Arona City Council to decree today the suspension of the events of the International Carnival of Los Cristianos, which was scheduled to start tomorrow and extend until the 23 March with the participation of thousands of people, both residents and visitors.

This decision is part of the battery of measures adopted by the different public administrations; Governments of the State and the Canary Islands, as well as the Executive Committee of the Canary Islands, which also includes the municipalities and which met this morning to try to contain the epidemic throughout the national territory, trying to ensure the maximum safety of the population.

The Arona City Council has reported in a note that it has been in constant coordination with the health authorities of the State and the Autonomous Community since the first cases of Covid-19 appeared in Spain, adapting at all times to the recommendations of the experts.

The evolution of the epidemic in recent days led the Arona City Council to carry out an express and written consultation with the Government of the Canary Islands regarding the celebration of the Los Cristianos Carnival.

This, added to the decisions adopted by the Council of Ministers, the Executive Committee of the Canary Islands and the Government Council of the Canary Islands has led the Corporation to make the decision to suspend the party to preserve the safety of the participants.

It will be the evolution of the epidemic and the recommendations of the experts that establish whether it moves to another date or if it is definitively canceled until next year, as explained today by the Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, who has chaired a meeting in the City Council, accompanied by the councilor of Fiestas, Pura Martín.

Both the mayor and councilor have stressed that "while it is true that suspending Carnival is paralyzing an important activity for the municipality, the safety of our residents and visitors has been and will be the priority for the government of Arona at all times," he added.

Suspenden el Carnaval de Los Cristianos (Tenerife)

When we hear if there are new dates, or a definite cancellation, we'll let you know.

As well as the suspension of 'massive events', the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has announced today the suspension of activity in the clubs and social centers for the elderly for the next fourteen days, as well as visits to the social and socio-sanitary residences for the elderly, while they are going to restrict visits to hospitals, although with some specificities in services such as Pediatrics or Palliative Care.

Sports competitions that are held between islands and do not involve a massive presence of people are maintained.

There were also carnival events programmed for this weekend in Candelaria, Granadilla de Abona and in Los Gigantes. Whilst we do not have any specific information about these, it can probably be assumed that they will also be affected under the label of 'massive events'. Carnivals in the South of Gran Canaria and in Fuerteventura are also suspended.

UPDATE 12/3/2020: It is now confirmed that, following government recommendations, the carnivals in Candelaria, Granadilla de Abona, Arona (Los Cristianos) and Santiago del Teide (Los Gigantes), as well as in La Guancha, have all been suspended.