Sunday, January 10, 2021

COVID: New restrictions come into force tonight in the Canary Islands

Female wearing a mask

The new restrictions come into force at 00:00 on the 11th (Monday) and will remain until January 24 (Sunday included), although they will be reviewed in the Governing Council next week. The island of Tenerife, by staying at level 3, continues with the current restrictions. 

Alert level 3 (Tenerife)

The restriction on the entry and exit of people to Tenerife is maintained at alert level 3, except for justified causes that occur for any of the reasons contemplated in article 6 of Royal Decree 926/2020, of October 25.

Limitation of the freedom of movement of people at night. At alert level 3, the freedom of movement of people is limited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day. These limitations do not affect the performance of the essential activities included in article 5 of Royal Decree 926/2020, of October 25, such as the acquisition of medicines and health products in pharmacies; assistance to health centers, services and establishments: assistance to veterinary care centers for urgent reasons and compliance with labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations; assistance and care of domestic animals or in livestock farms, among others.

Capacity between non-cohabitants in public and private spaces. At alert level 3, mixing in both closed or outdoor public and private spaces will be limited to cohabitating people, except in hotels and restaurants and respecting the maximum number of four users per table.

Specific measures for hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes. At alert level 3, the number of diners per table is maintained at 4 people, closure to the public before 10 p.m. and the prohibition of service in interior areas, except those of health centers, those of work centers for the consumption of its staff and those of tourist accommodation for the exclusive use of guests. Collection service of food and beverages on the premises and delivery to your home is allowed. On terraces or other outdoor spaces dependent on the establishment, activities that encourage not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or not wearing masks, such as dances, karaoke, etc. are prohibited.

Gaming and betting establishments and premises. At alert level 3, recreational gaming and betting venues will be closed.

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

Hospital centers and health care centers. In hospitals, external visits are suspended except in the case of minors, pregnant women, accompanying terminal patients and those other clinical situations that are considered necessary at the discretion of the physician. In nursing homes for the elderly, residents' exits outside the centers and external visits are suspended, except in the case of accompanying terminal patients and those other situations that are considered necessary at the discretion of the center's management for health reasons. Those patients who are confirmed cases with resolved infection will be exempt from this limitation. In addition, the use of FFP2-type masks and face shields is recommended by personnel who have direct care with patients in these centers, as well as reinforcing ventilation.

Public transport. In regular urban and metropolitan public land passenger transport, on islands at alert levels 2 and 3, their capacity is reduced to 50%. On all the islands, the surveillance of urban land transportation will be reinforced at peak times to avoid crowds. At peak times, avoid using public transport for non-essential or postponed trips. It is recommended to increase the frequency of public transport schedules, guaranteeing adequate ventilation and compliance with preventive measures, which include not eating or drinking and using the mask correctly.