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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Canary Islands tighten measures against COVID-19: masks now mandatory at all times, smoking prohibited in the street if there is no distance and closing of nightclubs

Masks are now mandatory at all times in the Canary Islands

The president of the Canary Islands Regional Government has affirmed that meetings of more than 10 people will not be allowed and has sent a message to young people: "You are not invincible, anyone can end up in a hospital and die."

The Canary Islands have tightened their measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, which is rebounding in recent days. The regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, has announced that from its publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC), on Friday 14 August, the use of masks will be mandatory, also in open spaces (as they are already in closed ones) and even if social distance can be maintained, nightlife will be restricted and sanctions will be imposed on people who hold meetings of more than ten people.

Torres also stated that smoking will not be allowed in open spaces if distances are not maintained, a measure also introduced in Galicia. The president recalled that most of the infections are occurring in family gatherings and parties, mainly in the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, where 95% of the cases are people under 30 years of age, and has sent a message to young people: "You are not invincible, anyone can end up in a hospital and die."

The most important outbreak at this time - with 60 positives - occurred in a festive atmosphere in an area of ​​the capital of Gran Canaria that brings together several discotheques. The objective is to pursue these places where proximity, concurrence and closed spaces coincide. The president recalled that the Canary Islands is one of the communities where nightlife was allowed, first only in open areas and later with capacity and masks. Now, due to the circumstances, the decree of last June 20 is applied again, which cites: "Clubs and other nightlife establishments may open exclusively outdoor spaces to the public, for consumption sitting at the table. In any case, the capacity on terraces will be 75% and interpersonal distance will have to be maintained or, failing that, the use of a mask ".

Torres announced that they will screen all users and workers of residences (care homes) to do the PCR again, since it is a sector "that concerns us a lot." In addition, tracking will be intensified to follow up any contagion or suspect in the islands. The press conference ended by appealing to the responsibility of young people and of Canarian society in general.

Canarias prohíbe fumar en la calle si no hay distancias, cierra discotecas y obliga a usar mascarillas siempre [Via]
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