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Shock as Tenerife SHUTS its borders for 15 days due to spiralling covid cases 

Tenerife is to close its borders for 15 days from midnight on Friday in a shock new move to combat escalating cases of coronavirus.The news was announced yesterday by the president of the Canary government, Angel Victor Torres and details are still emerging.

There will be exceptions to the rule but having a holiday will not be one of them.

Mr. Torres said the island had to take exceptional measures to stop the advance of Covid-19. Tenerife has been on red traffic light alert for the last fortnight, having seen coronavirus cases going from well below the national average to among the highest in Spain.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary council meeting and will last until the end of December at least, therefore covering Christmas and the New Year.

The impact on people who have booked flights or holidays will become clear in the next few days.

The Canaries are still reeling from another shock  as the Spanish government has clamped down on the plan to allow international tourists in to the islands on the back of a negative coronavirus rapid test rather than the more expensive PCR.Tenerife’s existing curfew from 11pm to 6am is also being changed to 10pm to 6am and Christmas lunches and dinners are reduced to six people, with a maximum of two cohabiting units on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1.

Likewise, the capacity per floor in shopping centres is reduced to 33%, activity inside bars and restaurants is suspended, the exit of residents in centres for the elderly is suspended and it is recommended to avoid travel between municipalities. Capacity on terraces has been cut to 50 per cent.  All massive events, that is, markets, fairs or festivals, are suspended.Mr. Torres has indicated that the Government is very concerned about the data from Tenerife, especially as the next fifteen days would have seen one of the highest levels of internal mobility. In September there were 90 cases a day, in October it went to 125 cases, in November it increased to 180 cases while in December the daily average has reached 256 cases for three days, he said.It is understood there will be some exception to enterting or leaving Tenerife over the 15 day period, including for health reasons, education, work, going back home, urgent judicial action, taking an officiall exam which can’t be changed, a totally unavoidable event or to look after a dependent.