Friday, March 13, 2020

More suspensions, postponements and cancellations of events in Tenerife

The Rastro de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Sunday morning flea market) has also been suspended

News of suspensions, postponements and cancellations, due to the evolving situation regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, keep coming in. Santa Cruz City Council has postponed cultural, social and sports activities, including the “Triatlon Ocean Lava”, scheduled for Sunday 15 March and “Tecnológica 2020”, due to take place between 19 and 22 March. The VII Descent Mountain Bike to Suculum, organized by the Department of Sports, and which was scheduled for March 29 is also postponed.

The Rastro de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Sunday morning flea market) has also been suspended, as the Canary Islands Government Health Department has ordered its cancellation. This measure will remain in force as long as it is the Order of the Ministry of Health, which establishes that "collective activities in closed or open spaces that involve, or are estimated to involve, a concentration of more than 1,000 people are suspended or postponed in the Canary Islands Autonomous Community."

It also details that “in the cases in which these activities are carried out in spaces with a capacity of less than 1,000 people, they may only be held if only a third of the maximum authorized capacity is occupied, in order to guarantee an adequate separation space between the participants” and concludes that “these restriction measures apply to public, recreational and leisure shows, cultural, religious, sports or similar activities, regardless of whether they are offered by a public or private owner, operator or organizer ”.

Santa Cruz has closed libraries, the School of Music and cancelled shows at the Teatro Guimerá.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has also postponed the activities of “Madurez activa” (Active maturity) and “Deporte en la playa” (Sport on the beach) which are aimed at older people and are held every week throughout the municipality, because they concentrate a large number of people who are part of the population at most risk.

The Cabildo de Tenerife (Island Corporation) has suspended activities, closed day centers and prohibited events at the Recinto Ferial (Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses) during the months of March and April and has assumed the losses caused by the suspension of shows at the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Buses and trams have been undergoing exhaustive cleaning over the last few days and it's being studied whether doors can be made to doors of the trams will open automatically, from Friday, at every stop to avoid people touching and operating buttons.

The Teleferico del Teide (cablecar) remains open, but with user restrictions.

Childcare services, the Jacaranda nursery school, the Ludoteca de La Vera and the Matilde Téllez day center in Puerto de la Cruz, will be closed to the public for 14 days, a measure that also extends to the Music School, the Popular University, the Isabel Acosta study room and the corresponding teaching hours in this period related to the Employment plans that are being executed in the municipality. In addition, all municipal sports facilities where clubs carry out their activity will be temporarily closed, while those in the social and cultural sphere have been regulated for use. The flea market normally held at the Municipal Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays has been suspended.

La Laguna has opted to suspend events in the run up to Semana Santa (Holy Week) and will take a decision on 26 March whether the events at Easter will be celebrated. And the Santuario del Cristo de La Laguna will be closed for the next 15 days.

Granadilla de Abona has suspended all leisure and cultural activities.

All motorsports competitions are suspended in the Canary Islands.

We've already covered the suspension of Los Cristianos and other carnivals.

And all schools have been closed for 14 days, starting from Friday 13 March.

Since I mostly deal with upcoming events here, I'm going to take this opportunity to take a break, because there will be nothing to list until the situation changes and events are either reprogrammed for new dates, or cancelled entirely. In the meantime, there are some pretty pictures coming up of the various carnival components from Carnival in Santa Cruz this year. We'll cross our fingers that the dates of the 2021 Carnival wont be affected.

The Local Government is asking for citizens to collaborate, so that these control measures are effective (with more cancellations listed here).

Information lines about COVID-19

Photo by Mataparda / CC BY