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Friday, February 12, 2021

Government of the Canary Islands approves extraordinary measures to contain the pandemic during Carnival

Summary of the special restrictions for Carnival

The Governing Council agreed in the session held yesterday, Thursday, February 11, the application in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands of specific and temporary measures between 24:00 on Thursday (February 11) and 24:00 on Sunday February 21, period in which the Carnival festivities are traditionally celebrated.

On all of these days, family and social encounters of non-cohabitants on the islands will be limited to a maximum number of people, depending on their alert levels. In the islands with level 1 and 2 (Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Fuerteventura), meetings will be of a maximum of 6 people; in level 3 (Gran Canaria), 4, and in level 4 (Lanzarote and La Graciosa), only 2 people.

To this restriction of the number of non-cohabiting people who may meet during the next ten days in spaces for public or private use, whether closed or outdoors, is added the limitation of movement at night, which will be on all the islands between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The measures approved yesterday, which will be published in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands, temporarily strengthen those already established for the islands at alert levels 1 and 2, but are necessary to stop the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the whole of the Archipelago at a crucial moment in the evolution of the pandemic and in which it is necessary to preserve people's health, healthcare capacities and economic activity.

Likewise, they will be of prevalent application together with the general preventive measures contained in the Government Agreement of June 19, 2020, which remain in force in the rest of the sections.

Specific requirements for the hotel and restaurant industry

Regarding the activity of hotels, restaurants, terraces, bars and cafes, in the next ten days, in addition to the general measures established in the Government Agreement of June 19, 2020 for each alert level, requirements specific maximum occupancy per table, which are those already described in the previous paragraphs (6 people for the islands with level 1 and 2; 4 people for level 3, and 2 for level 4).

In addition, those activities in restaurants that promote the spread of the virus are limited, such as consumption at the bar (not allowed) or the table assigned to each client (mandatory), [also not allowed are] the service of alcoholic beverages to clients who do not occupy a previously assigned table and activities that promote crowds and in those that do not maintain the interpersonal safety distance or the correct use of masks, such as the celebration of parties, dances, karaoke, contests, concerts or ambient music that invite people to dance or sing.

Entry and exit from the islands at alert levels 3 and 4

The agreement also contains the intensification of controls in ports and airports of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands in order to avoid unjustified movements from or to the islands that are in alert levels 3 and 4.

As for regular public transport by land, urban and metropolitan, its capacity is limited to 50% and surveillance of urban and metropolitan land transport means will be reinforced at peak hours, in order to avoid crowds. At peak times, avoid using public transport for non-essential or postponed trips.

Parties, festivals and other popular events

Parties, festivals and other popular events are not allowed, which also implies the prohibition of convening events, celebrations, contests or any other type of events that may incite the meeting of people or that involve situations that make compliance difficult or impossible to comply with general preventive measures, such as crowding of people, staying in a number higher than that established for each alert level, maintaining interpersonal safety distance or failure to comply with capacity.

Tenerife drops to level 1

Some positive news: the Ministry of Health, after analysing the report issued this Thursday by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Islands Health Service, has modified the alert level on the island of Tenerife, which goes from 2 to 1, maintaining those in the rest of the islands. 

Alert levels in each of the Canary Islands