Canary Islands start to relax coronavirus rules but Tenerife remains on toughest level
Tight coronavirus restrictions are slowly being lifted in the Canary Islands although the popular Brit destination of Tenerife is having to wait for relaxation of the rules.
The alert on Gran Canaria has been lowered
from level 3 to level 2, Fuerteventura goes down to alert level 1 (it was at 2)
whilst El Hierro, Lanzarote and La Graciosa remain at level 2, and La Palma and
La Gomera, at level 1.
Tenerife continues for now at level 3 but the
Ministry of Health of the Canary government has agreed to review the situation
on May 4th “as long as the current trend of improvement on the island is
maintained.” It could then go down to level 2.
In Tenerife, the daily average of coronavirus
cases being diagnosed is 97. The seven-day AI on the island has been decreasing
to around 62 cases per 100,000 as of April 29th.
Tenerife will therefore continue to have the
most severe restrictions within the Canaries, such as an 11pm curfew; meetings
of a maximum of four people, except cohabitants; a ban on eating or drinking
inside hotel and catering establishments, and the need to have a negative test
to enter or leave the island.
In Gran Canaria, figures show a downward
trend, with an average of 53.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. However, the
health department has urged everyone on the island to follow the rules to avoid
“a rapid and uncontrollable increase in the number of cases.”
The lowering of the alert on Gran Canaria
means that meetings of six people are allowed on the island, except for
cohabitants. As for the hospitality industry, premises can now open inside,
although at 50% of the capacity in dining rooms and consumption in the bar with
a maximum of two people per group and in marked spaces. Owners must request the
data of the customers who eat or drink inside their premises. In addition,
capacity on outdoor terraces increases to 75% and with six people. Common areas
of hotels can open at 50%
Fuerteventura is said to be showing a
“favourable trend” but the Canary government has warned of
rule-flouting in “certain tourist centres” and says spotchecks will
be stepped up.
In the case of Lanzarote, the seven-day AI
rate is 48.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants .
The island of La Palma, with 36 new cases in
the last two weeks, presents a seven-day AI rate of 12.6 cases per 100,000
inhabitants, with the risk classified as low.
As of April 29th, the Canary Islands reported
175 infections and two more deaths. Since the pandemic began, 52,442 infections
have accumulated, 725 deaths and 48,148 discharges. Of the 3,569 active
patients, 73 are in an ICU and 265 on the ward. Tenerife reported 106
infections; Gran Canaria, 47; Lanzarote, 17; Fuerteventura, 3, and La Palma and
El Hierro, 1.