Tenerife may go to highest alert after court refuses night-time curfew
Tenerife has been refused permission to reimpose a night-time curfew to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Supreme Court of the Canary Islands says it cannot condone a limit on mobility between 12.30am and 6am in a bid to avoid illegal parties and fiestas.A judge said the measure was “not duly justified” and there was insufficient evidence to suggest that so-called “risky behaviour” was more dangerous if carried out at night rather than in the day.
The court ruled that the Canary government had other means at its disposal to clampdown on parties or any other situations which presented a risk to public health.Health officials are concerned about rising cases of coronavirus, particularly in Tenerife, which has been placed on level 3 alert with various restrictions in place, including time and capacity restrictions in pubs, restaurants, shops and other public places. Sales of alcoholic drinks after 10pm is banned and beaches, parks and squares have to close between 8pm and 6am. But the Canary government wanted to go one step further and reimpose a curfew which was lifted by the courts across Spain last month. Leaders say the biggest area of concern is young people who are still going to beach fiestas and illegal bottle parties in car-parks and on the streets.
The islands’ government intends to meet on Juy 15th to discuss the next steps and may raise Tenerife’s alert to level 4, which is the highest.In its ruling announced today, the Supreme court said: “We do not doubt the suitability of the curfew measure to reduce contagion without affecting economic and labour activity but the end does not justify any means and the adopted agreement is excessive and at the cost of serious damage for the vast majority of the population, including young people, who comply with the regulations in order to avoid these breaches, the prevention and punishment of which corresponds to the State security forces and bodies, having to deploy for this purpose the action that is necessary to avoid them and correct it if other preventive or dissuasive means have not been successful.
“The court said individuals had to take responsibility and exercise self-control to safeguard not just themselves but to avoid doing harming to others too.