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New measures for Tenerife and two other Canary islands as curfews tightened to control coronavirus spread 

Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura have been placed on new special measures in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Government of the Canary Islands has
introduced new preventive measures for the three islands with effect from March
15th.

The new rules are described as “specific
and temporary measures to contain the spread of infections caused by SARS
-CoV-2″ and would be “modified or cancelled if the epidemiological
situation in each of the islands so advises.”

The islands will have a tighter curfew to
limit the freedom of movement of people at night, with restrictions from 10pm
to 6am (instead of 11pm to 6am) unless for specific reasons.

The maximum number of non-living people in
family and social gatherings, in spaces for public and private use, closed or
outdoors, is also set at four, except in the case of cohabitants.

In the field of hotels and restaurants,
outdoor terraces will be at 50 per cent of their capacity, while indoors the
capacity will also be 50 per cent. The number of diners per table may not
exceed four, only two people can sit together at the bar and the complete
closure of the establishment, including the pick-up service at the premises and
home delivery, must be before 10pm. Buffets or self-service are banned.

Tourist activities, as well as children’s and
youth camps, are reduced to 20 people including the monitor, and will be
separated into groups of four people.

Beaches are also affected by this decree.
Capacity drops to 50% occupancy and the groups of people together who do not
live together will be four or less.

The Canary government says these measures are
additional to the raft of other regulations still in force on all of the
islands.

They are being introduced following an
increase in cases which health chiefs are attributing to Christmas and New Year
celebrations, as well as carnivals which were allowed to go ahead, particularly
in February.

Coronavirus figures on Tenerife in particular
have been rising, falling and then rising again over the last few months and
the islands have been on different levels of alert.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health confirmed
151 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 and one more death.

The accumulated incidence at seven days in the
Canary Islands stands at 62.88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and at 14 days at
118.51 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

By islands, Tenerife added 69 cases with a
total of 18,221 accumulated cases, with 2,255 still active; Gran Canaria has
17,817 accumulated cases, 73 more than the previous day and 1,885 active. Lanzarote
added a new case with 4,520 accumulated and 81 epidemiologically active;
Fuerteventura has 1,824 accumulated cases with seven more cases than the
previous day and 295 active. La Palma added a new case and stands at 442
accumulated and 29 active cases; El Hierro did not register any cases, keeping
its accumulated at 298 and there were no new cases on La Gomera.

To date, a total of 911,966 PCR tests have
been carried out in the islands.

Hoteliers say they are desperate to get the
tourism season kickstarted and have launched a new campaign to warn of the
“critical situation” and calling for more financial aid for
“drowning tourism businesses”