Sunday, December 20, 2020

All of the new COVID-19 rules in Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz at night

All of the new rules that were announced for Tenerife's closure have now been published in the Official Bulletin (BOC) Nº 261. Viernes 18 de diciembre de 2020 - 5028 and came into force at 00:00 on Saturday 19 December for 15 days (until 1 January, inclusive).

National and foreign tourists are exempt from the border restrictions and may enter Tenerife to stay in regulated tourist accommodation on production of a negative test. 

Many of the other rules regarding curfew times, limit in numbers of people gathering, restaurant rules, etc., will still apply to you if visiting. And if you wanted to go to the casino or bingo (actually fun trying to follow the numbers in Spanish), you're out of luck.

Limitation of entry and exit from the island of Tenerife

Entry to the island of Tenerife is restricted to people from the rest of the national territory. Likewise, the departure from the island of Tenerife is restricted to people bound for the rest of the national territory.

These restrictions will not affect properly justified trips that occur for any of the following reasons, in the provisions of article 6 of Royal Decree 926/2020, of October 25, which declares the state of alarm for containing the spread of infections caused by SARS-CoV-2:

  • Assistance to health centers, services and establishments.
  • Compliance with labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations.
  • Attendance at university, teaching and educational centers, including nursery schools.
  • Return to the place of habitual or family residence. Displacements to territories that are the place of habitual residence of relatives or close friends of those who move are understood to be included in this exception.
  • Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
  • Travel to financial and insurance entities, or to refueling stations in neighboring territories.
  • Required or urgent actions before public, judicial or notarial bodies.
  • Renewals of permits and official documentation, as well as other administrative procedures that cannot be postponed.
  • Taking official exams or tests that cannot be postponed.
  • Due to force majeure or situation of need.
  • Any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited.
  • The health authority is empowered to establish controls to limit inter-municipal mobility if necessary.

People who are on the island of Tenerife and return to their island of residence will undergo a diagnostic test on the island of arrival. Those that must travel regularly between islands will be screened periodically.

Likewise, it is recommended not to travel between municipalities.

Limitation of the number of people not living together in family and social gatherings

Groups of people, both in spaces for public and private use, closed or outdoors, will be limited to people living together, understood as those who reside under the same roof. Likewise, those people residing in the Canary Islands who return to their family unit during the period of this Agreement will be considered cohabiting.

This will not apply to the provisions of the section relating to Specific measures for hotel and restaurant activities, and terraces, bars and cafes.

During gatherings to celebrate Christmas lunches and dinners on December 24, 25 and 31, 2020, and January 1, 2021, the maximum number of 6 people must not be exceeded, except in the case of cohabitants, nor the number maximum of three family units.

In any case, it is recommended that these gatherings be made up of members who belong to the same coexistence group, trying not to exceed the two coexistence groups and special precaution and care must be taken with the people most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Curfew: Limitation of the movement of people at night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The freedom of movement of people at night is limited from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, except for Christmas Eve, which is delayed until 12.30 a.m., and for New Year's Eve, which is delayed until 1 a.m., exclusively for the return to your usual address.

This limitation is excepted for the realization of essential activities, contained in article 5 of Royal Decree-Law 926/2020, of October 25. These activities are: the acquisition of medicines, sanitary products and other essential goods; assistance to health centers, services and establishments; assistance to veterinary care centers for emergency reasons; the fulfillment of labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations; the return to the place of habitual residence after carrying out some of the planned activities; assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people; cause of force majeure or situation of need; any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited, or refueling at gas stations or service stations, when it is necessary to carry out the activities set forth in the preceding paragraphs.

Emblematic religious celebrations

Emblematic religious celebrations, such as the Misa del Gallo (Mass on Christmas Eve), may be celebrated at times that fit in with the curfew, although it is recommended to offer online or television services as an alternative, as well as to avoid singing and 
use prerecorded music, choirs being prohibited.

Likewise, physical displays of devotion or tradition (kisses, contact on images, sculptures) should be avoided, replacing them with others that do not imply a health risk.

Measures related to large events

Parties, festivals, fairs, fair attractions or other similar events may not be held, nor may mass events already authorized or subject to prior authorization in accordance with the provisions of section 2.1.11 of the Government Agreement of June 19, 2020 and its successive updates.

The night-time closure of parks, outdoor recreation areas or public roads is recommended, in order to avoid crowds and the consumption of alcohol.

Measures in the workplace

As far as possible, remote work will be promoted and prioritized in all activities that do not require physical presence.

Measures for hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes

Interior areas will remain closed, except for those of health centers, those of work centers for the consumption of their staff and those of tourist accommodation establishments for the exclusive use of guests on an accommodation basis, with a distance of at least 2 meters between adjoining table chairs and with a maximum occupancy per table of 4 people.

Consumption at the bar, buffet or self-service is prohibited and the maximum capacity in these interior areas will be 33%.

The service of collecting food and beverages on the premises and the delivery at home is allowed.

On the terraces or other open-air spaces of the establishment, it is forbidden to consume at the bar, the buffet or self-service service and smoking, as well as the performance of activities that encourage not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or not using masks such as party favors, dances, karaokes, etc.

You may not exceed 50% of the authorized capacity in outdoor terraces, with a distance of at least 2 meters between adjacent tables and chairs and with a maximum occupancy per table of 4 people.

These measures will also be applicable to any establishment or activity that offers food or beverage service as a complement to the main activity carried out.

Retail establishments and business premises, plus shopping centers

In retail establishments and commercial premises, 33% of their total capacity may not be exceeded, and the resulting capacity must allow the maintenance of interpersonal safety distances at all times. In the case of establishments or premises distributed over several floors, the above limitations must be met in each of them.

In the case of shopping centers and parks, the capacity of the common areas will be limited to 33% of the authorized capacity, being prohibited the use of recreational areas such as children's areas, toy libraries or rest areas, which must remain closed.

In the case of shopping centers distributed over several floors, the above limitation must be met in each of them.

Furthermore, in shopping centers and parks, clients will not be allowed to stay in common areas except for transit or waiting to access the establishments. This restriction does not affect authorized hotel and restaurant activities that take place in common outdoor areas, which must comply with the provisions of section 7.

Necessary measures must be established to allow the maintenance of the interpersonal safety distance and the control of capacity, both in the premises and establishments and in the common areas of shopping centers, being able to limit the capacity of the spaces destined to parking lots if necessary. vehicles by 50%.

A preferential service will be provided to people over 75 years of age, such as priority access, reservation of parking or payment boxes, rest seats, which ensure said preference in care. The existence of the preferential attention service must be clearly indicated in said establishments and premises.

Hospital centers and social health care centers for the elderly

Given the verification of outbreaks associated with health care in hospitals and social health care centers, the following restrictions are established during the period of validity of these measures: external visits to hospital centers are suspended except in the case of minors under age, pregnant women, accompanying people at the end of life and those other clinical situations that are considered necessary at the discretion of the physician.

In social health care centers where older people reside (nursing homes), given the vulnerability of this population, the exits of residents outside the centers and external visits are suspended, except in the case of accompanying people in the end of life.

Those patients who are confirmed cases with resolved infection will be exempt from this limitation.

In addition to the protection measures established by the Occupational Risk Prevention Services of each center or establishment, it is recommended, during the period of validity of these measures, the use of FFP2 type masks and face shields by all employees. Personnel who have direct care with patients in these centers or establishments, as well as reinforce frequent ventilation in the facilities where workers, patients and residents are located.

Gaming and betting establishments and premises

Gambling casinos, bingo halls, recreational and gaming halls, external betting venues and other premises and facilities similar to those for recreational gaming and betting activities will remain closed.

Practice of non-professional sports activity and physical exercise

The practice of physical and sports activity in the interior areas of sports facilities and centers is prohibited, while the practice of sports activity and physical exercise in the open air may be carried out individually and provided that the interpersonal safety distance of 2 meters can be maintained. permanently.

Team sports or those practices or exercises in which the maintenance of said distance cannot be guaranteed at all times may not be practiced.

In the case of individual sport in the open air, the use of the mask will be excepted exclusively during the sport and provided that the maintenance of the distance of two meters with other people can be guaranteed.

In outdoor sports facilities and centers, the use of a mask will only be excepted for the performance of sports that require the use of specific courts such as tennis or athletics, exclusively during the performance of said activities and provided that the maximum occupancy of the track conforms to the rules of the game or sport and that the interpersonal distance of 2 meters can be maintained permanently.


It is recommended that all people arriving on any of the islands of the Canary Archipelago from the island of Tenerife, excluding those under six years of age, undergo a screening in the terms established in the Order of the Minister of Health of December 14, 2020.

Shelters, juvenile centers and prisons

Given the verification of outbreaks in these closed establishments, it is recommended during the period of validity of these measures to carry out frequent screening of workers and users of these establishments.

In addition, reinforce frequent ventilation in the facilities where workers and residents are located. The training of workers in preventive measures against the transmission of the virus will be reinforced.

Regular public land passenger transport

In the regular public land passenger transport its capacity is reduced to 50%.

Surveillance of urban land transportation will be reinforced at peak times, in order to avoid crowds. During peak hours, avoid using public transport for non-essential or postponed trips.

It is recommended to increase the frequency of public transport schedules to avoid crowds, guaranteeing adequate ventilation and compliance with preventive measures, which include not eating or drinking and using the mask correctly.

It is recommended that alternative methods of mobility be used for travel, such as cycling or walking.

Public roads

The municipalities will ensure compliance with the measures aimed at avoiding crowds and alcohol consumption on public roads, in addition to the rest of the approved prevention and containment measures necessary to face the health crisis caused by COVID-19.