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La Gomera calls for more coronavirus controls from port of Los Cristianos 

The president of the Cabildo de La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo has demanded the application of more control measures in the port of Los Cristianos to guarantee compliance with the provisions of the Royal Decree of the State of Emergency and thus verify that people travelling between islands do so out of strict necessity.

 “We demand greater follow-up on this
infrastructure through which passengers to El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera
pass,” he said.

Sr. Curbelo regretted that, at times, the identification
tasks carried out in the port are only those applied by the shipping companies
themselves and that there are no more surveillance tasks on boarding and
disembarking passengers “a situation that is a risk and can end the
prevention measures that we have been applying since March in La Gomera ”.

The island leader explained that the traffic between the two
port infrastructures has dropped from more than 4,000 passengers a day to just
over 70 every day. However, he underlined the urgency of reinforcing
identification and surveillance protocols before the start of the de-escalation
phases, a factor that calls for mobility “even though the travel ban
between the islands is still in force.”

Likewise, Sr. Curbelo urged to create a protocol for
carrying out diagnostic tests before boarding, as he has already sent to the
Ministry of Health for study and implementation, either by carrying out PCR
tests prior to the date of the trip or the performance of quick tests in the
port.

“Although mobility is not authorised, the future is to
allow the transit of passengers and by that time we will have to be prepared
with strict controls that provide us with guarantees,” he said, before
anticipating that he will not propose the expansion of connections with the
island until tests are done.

“From the outset, we requested both the closure of the
La Gomera airport, as well as the reduction of maritime frequencies, with the
aim of being able to guarantee the health security of all the people who
accessed the island through the Port of San Sebastián, and that it is vital
that, in order to successfully overcome this crisis, we carry out a reliable
control of the people and vehicles that move, and that vigilance we will have
to continue to maintain in the coming weeks, ” he argued.