Tenerife tightens up its coronavirus measures with public urged to limit their mobility
Tenerife is being placed on shock new coronavirus restrictions which will see pubs and restaurants close at 11pm, beach capacity slashed to half, social gatherings cut to six and police checks stepped up.
The Canary government announced a raft of new rules following concern that infections are higher than on the other islands which include Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.
Figures for Tenerife show an incidence of 60.58 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (42.72 for the Canary Islands as a group) which places it at a medium risk according to the indicators of the Ministry of Health. Most of the blame is being put on families and young people flouting the rules.
“The measures are in line with the situation in Tenerife, which is close to risk level 3,” explained Ángel Víctor Torres, president of the Canary Islands who called on people to limit their mobility, act with responsibility and avoid closed spaces. He pleaded for strict compliance with the new rules so the island could “bend the curve” as previously happened in Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
Mr. Torres said the Canaries as a whole still had the best figures in Spain but this could change if the infection rate did not improve.Tenerife is the only island in the group which is still on red traffic light status despite extra restrictions having been in force for six weeks.
Mr. Torres said measures would be tightened up for at least the next 14 days. Borders haven’t been closed and the airports and ports remain open.The Canaries were recently given a massive vote of confidence by the UK government when the destination was chosen as the only place in Spain Brits could travel to without going into quarantine on their return. Likewise, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez made the Canary Islands the only exception when he imposed a night-time curfew under the country’s second State of Emergency currently still in place. This situation hasn’t changed.Brits aren’t currently allowed to take international holidays but if this is lifted on December 2nd, they will need to take a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of travel.
Tenerife’s president Pedro Martín said he was in favour of the new measures and even stricter ones if necessary, saying Tenerife must not become the “red lantern” of the Canary Islands. Tenerife will see the maximum groups and capacity reduced, mobility will be restricted although without impeding it and “greater vigilance of the security forces and bodies” will be promoted to achieve “exhaustive compliance”.Social groups decrease from ten to a maximum of six, both in public and in private, people who for health reasons cannot wear a mask are prohibited from going to closed places or mass events and only essential mobility is recommended .In the restaurant sector, the capacity of bars inside is reduced to a third of the maximum, closing becomes earlier at 11pm rather than midnight and the capacity on terraces reduces to half.
Smoking is prohibited on terraces, the capacity in tourist establishments drops to a third in common areas, active tourism groups drop to 20, commercial premises will have a capacity of half and visits will be prohibited in student residences.Recreational, youth and residents’ centres will be closed. In sports, only 25 participants at a time (including federated ones), contact sports cannot be practised and there cannot be an audience.
Places of worship will see their capacity reduced to a third. The capacity in wakes also goes to a third, in cremations there can be no more than five people and the capacity and number of people at weddings and celebrations are reduced.
The beaches will have a maximum capacity of 50 percent, groups of six people maximum, while the markets will also operate by half and with delimited spaces.
The Canary president has urged the people of Tenerife to not only to comply with the agreed measures but to report any breaches. According to the latest figures, 80% of recent cases are on Tenerife.Although the measures come as another blow for the tourism industry, the Canary government has always indicated it would not hesitate to put people’s health first and there has been praise for its “courageous stance.”The mayor of Tenerife’s capital of Santa Cruz, Jose Manuel Bermudez said he was sure the coronairus rate would be lowered within the next 14 days,”We all have to rise to the challenge. We all have to collaborate, ” he said.