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Saturday, May 02, 2020

Parks are open only for sports or walking and rules for going out from today

Avenue in the Parque García Sanabria, one of 39 parks and gardens in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz City Council reminds residents that the capital's parks remain open, although only for sports or walking. In other words, it is not permitted to stay in them, but they are simply to be used to walk through, at the times authorized by the central government.

Starting Saturday 2 May, you can take one-hour walks, alone or with a companion [someone you live with] and within a radius of one kilometer from home. [Use this tool to draw a circle by entering a radius along with an address. Or this one.] Those who live near a municipal border must stay within their own municipality, however. There will be no time limitation for those who want to play sports, although it must be done individually, without contact with anyone, within the municipality and within the established time bands.

  • Persons over 14 years may go out for a walk or to play individual sports between 6:00 and 10:00 in the morning or between 20:00 and 23:00. 
  • Those who need to be assisted by a caregiver may leave home between 10.00 to 12.00 or from 19.00 to 20.00 hours, sharing the same time slot as that reserved for people over 70 years of age.
  • Children under 14 will see a reduction in the hours that had been assigned to them last Sunday, as from today their outings [up to 3 children with 1 adult] will be permitted only between 12.00 and 19.00 hrs. This reduction in hours is to meet the objective that they do not coincide with older people.

Timetable for going out in Spain from 2 May

Municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants are exempt from time slots, therefore, in 80% of the municipalities in Spain you can take walks and practice sports without limitations.

There are 31 municipalities in Tenerife; Adeje (47,869), Arafo (5,551), Arico (7,988), Arona (81,216), Buenavista del Norte (4,778), Candelaria (27,985), El Rosario (17,370), El Sauzal (8,934), El Tanque (2,763), Fasnia (2,786), Garachico (4,871), Granadilla de Abona (50,146)Guía de Isora (21,368)Güímar (20,190), Icod de los Vinos (23,254), La Guancha (5,520)La Matanza de Acentejo (9,061), La Orotava (42,029), La Victoria de Acentejo (9,185), Los Realejos (36,402), Los Silos (4,693), Puerto de la Cruz (30,468)San Cristóbal de La Laguna (157,503), San Juan de la Rambla (4,828), San Miguel de Abona (20,886), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (207,312)Santa Úrsula (14,679), Santiago del Teide (11,111), Tacoronte (24,134), Tegueste (11,294) and Vilaflor de Chasna (1,667).

After each municipality name I've included the population figures in 2019, as per Wikipedia. Do not rely on this number. However, as you can see, most [24] municipalities are clearly over the 5,000 inhabitant limit, so you can be sure that the time slots will apply to you. In those very few [7] areas where the population may be less than 5,000 it therefore may be worth asking your town hall for clarification that you are exempt.

Councils have already sealed playgrounds, to prevent them from being used by children on their outings, thus guaranteeing greater security.

Parque García Sanabria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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