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New coronavirus alert levels for Gran Canaria and Lanzarote 

The Governing Council agreed in its session on Thursday, January 7th, new measures to contain COVID-19 that will be applied from 00:00 hours on January 11 (Monday), once the validity of the specific and extraordinary restrictions approved on December 23 for the Christmas holidays. The level of transmission observed in the Archipelago requires updating the measures that will remain in force until Sunday, January 24. These measures will be in force for a period of 14 days, which may be extendable depending on the evolution of the data. However, next week the situation will be analysed again and decisions can be made about the situation on certain islands, depending on developments.

The new measures respond to the epidemiological situation of each island according to the Decree approved on December 23, which establishes three levels of alert to avoid the transmission of the infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 in the Archipelago and that will be applied in each territory depending on its level of alert. The upward trend in the data does not yet reflect the impact of the holiday season, so this containment strategy should be maintained.

Considering the indicators of accumulated incidence of each island, traceability of the virus and the data on healthcare capacity, the Canary Islands is positioned at a risk level that corresponds to an alert level 2; although each island has a different position depending on its epidemiological evolution.By islands, Fuerteventura, La Palma and El Hierro remain at an alert level 1, although each of them has experienced an unfavourable evolution in some indicators.Gran Canaria and Lanzarote show an upward trend in the indicators that make it necessary to raise the alert level to 2. La Gomera remains at alert level 2.Tenerife remains at an alert level 3 although its upward trend in cases has been contained after the application of the exceptional measures in December.

The restriction on the entry and exit of people in Tenerife is maintained for continuing at alert level 3, except for justified cause that occurs for any of the reasons contemplated in article 6 of Royal Decree 926/2020, of October 25.At alert level 3, the freedom of movement of people is limited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day. These limitations do not affect the performance of the essential activities included in article 5 of Royal Decree 926/2020, of October 25, such as the acquisition of medicines and health products in pharmacy offices; assistance to health centres, services and establishments: assistance to veterinary care centres for urgent reasons and compliance with labour, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations; assistance and care of domestic animals or in livestock farms, among others.

At alert level 3, the permanence of people both in closed or outdoor spaces for public and private use will be limited to people living together, except in hotels and restaurants and respecting the maximum number mo of four users per table.

At alert level 3, the number of diners per table is maintained at four people, the closure to the public before 10 p.m. and the prohibition of service in interior areas, except those of health centres, those of work centres for the consumption of its staff and those of tourist accommodation for the exclusive use of guests on accommodation. In any case, the collection service of food and beverages on the premises and delivery to your home is allowed. On the terraces or other outdoor spaces dependent on the establishment, activities that encourage not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or not wearing masks, such as dances, karaoke, etc. are prohibited.

At alert level 3, recreational gaming and betting venues will be closed.

The practice of physical and sports activity is prohibited in the interior areas of sports facilities and centres. Physical exercise in the open air can be carried out individually and provided that the interpersonal safety distance of two metres can be maintained permanently.

In hospitals, external visits are suspended except in the case of minors, pregnant women, accompanying terminal patients and those other clinical situations that are considered necessary at the discretion of the physician. In nursing homes for the elderly, residents’ exits outside the centres and external visits are suspended, except in the case of accompanying terminal patients and those other situations that are considered necessary at the discretion of the centre’s management for health reasons. Those patients who are confirmed cases with resolved infection will be exempt from this limitation. In addition, the use of FFP2-type masks and face shields is recommended by personnel who have direct care with patients in these centres, as well as reinforcing ventilation.

In regular urban and metropolitan public land passenger transport, on islands at alert levels 2 and 3, their capacity is reduced to 50%. In all the islands, the surveillance of urban land transportation will be reinforced at peak times to avoid crowds. During peak hours, avoid using public transport for non-essential or postponed trips. It is recommended to increase the frequency of public transport schedules, ensuring adequate ventilation and compliance with preventive measures, which include not eating or drinking and using the mask correctly.

Alert level 2 (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Gomera)
Limitation of the freedom of movement of people at night. The freedom of movement of people is restricted at night from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every day.Capacity between non-cohabitants in public and private spaces. The permanence of groups of people is limited to a maximum of 4 people, except in the case of cohabitants. If the group includes both cohabiting and non-cohabiting people, it will not exceed 4 people.Specific measures for hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes. The number of diners per table is reduced to 4 people and it closes to the public before 11pm. On the terraces or other outdoor spaces dependent on the establishment, activities that encourage not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or not wearing masks, such as dances, karaoke, etc. are prohibited.Sport practice. For group activities in the indoor areas of sports facilities and centers where it is not possible to maintain a safety distance of 2 metres permanently, a maximum number of 4 people per group is allowed, including the monitor. In addition, in outdoor spaces, team sports or those practices or exercises in which the maintenance of said distance cannot be guaranteed at all times may not be practiced. For group activities in which it is not possible to maintain the safety distance of 2 metres permanently, a maximum number of 4 people per group is allowed, respectively, including the monitor.Hospital centers and health care centres. Visits will be limited and must be supervised by centre staff, and the established prevention measures will be taken to the extreme. In addition, the use of FFP2-type masks and face shields is recommended by personnel who have direct care with patients in these centres, as well as reinforcing ventilation.Public transport. In public transport Regular urban and metropolitan land passenger traffic, its capacity is reduced to 50%. Surveillance of urban land transportation will be reinforced at peak times to avoid crowds. During peak hours, avoid using public transport for non-essential or postponed trips. It is recommended to increase the frequency of public transport schedules, ensuring adequate ventilation and compliance with preventive measures, which include not eating or drinking and using the mask correctly.

Alert level 1 (Fuerteventura, La Palma and El Hierro)
Limitation of the freedom of movement of people at night. The freedom of movement of people is restricted at night from 00:00 to 06:00 every day.Capacity between non-cohabitants in public and private spaces. The permanence of groups of people is limited to a maximum of 6 people, except in the case of cohabiting, understanding as such the people who reside under the same roof. In the event that the group includes both cohabiting and non-cohabiting people, the group will not exceed 6 people.Specific measures for hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes. The number of diners per table is reduced to 6 people and the closure to the public before 00.00 hours. On the terraces or other outdoor spaces dependent on the establishment, activities that encourage not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or not wearing masks, such as dances, karaoke, etc. are prohibited.Sport practice. For collective activities in the interior areas of sports facilities and centers where it is not possible to maintain a safety distance of 2 metres permanently, a maximum number of 6 people per group is allowed, including the monitor. In addition, team sports or those practices or exercises in which the maintenance of said distance cannot be guaranteed at all times may not be practiced. For collective outdoor activities where it is not possible to maintain the safety distance of 2 meters permanently, a maximum number of 6 people per group, respectively, including the monitor is allowed.Public transport. Surveillance of urban land transportation will be reinforced at peak times to avoid crowds. During peak hours, avoid using public transport for non-essential or postponed trips. It is recommended to increase the frequency of public transport schedules, ensuring adequate ventilation and compliance with preventive measures, which include not eating or drinking and using the mask correctly.