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Islands urged to start testing holidaymakers for coronavirus on October 1st 

The Canaries have been urged to start testing holidaymakers for coronavirus from OCTOBER 1st in a bid to save the winter season.

The UK government is still being asked to lift
its 14-day quarantine for Brits returning home.

But whilst waiting for a decision, business
leaders say it is imperative to start decisive action NOW and this should start
with rapid coronavirus tests at the airports for all holidaymakers, both
national and international. They say arrangements could be made within a matter
of days as planning has been taking place behind the scenes for months.

On September 30th, a demonstration is to be
held in the south of Tenerife calling for Covid tests at ALL the airports in
the Canaries which include the British favourites of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

The call for coronavirus tests from October
1st is being led by the Circle of Businesses and Professionals of the south of
Tenerife, CEST. Its president, Roberto Ucelay has asked the Canary government
to start the initiative to save the winter season and “to prevent the
islands from being thrown into a crisis unprecedented in recent decades.”

The tests would also be carried out in the
ports.

The Canary government has already indicated
its support for tests, having pressed for them since the pandemic began and
recently announcing that it was “fed up” waiting for approval from
Spain and would go it allow. Tenerife itself has allocated one million euros
towards the costs and businesses and hoteliers say they will also contribute.

No date was set for starting the tests as the
Canary government said the first priority had to be getting coronavirus
outbreaks down although president, Ángel Víctor Torres says there will be some
kind of favourable announcement from EU tourism ministers on September 28th.
This is expected to be new guidelines for the opening of safe air corridors to
specific locations which take into account the availability of testing.

Hundreds of vehicles are expected to take part
in the demonstration next Wednesday, travelling from the south of Tenerife down
the main motorway to the capital of Santa Cruz some 50 miles away.

“We demand that tests be carried out at
the ports and airports of the Canary Islands as a way to protect the population
of the islands and at the same time ensure that the countries that send
tourists once again trust in the health security of our archipelago,” say
the organisers.