Cabildo introduces form of Operación Nevada to try to control crowds going up Teide this weekend while Tenerife remains in Level 3

There has been quite a rush up to the Teide National Park to see the snow, and that is expected to increase over the weekend even as the snow starts to disappear. As a result, and in an attempt to restrict traffic to control the spread of covid, the Tenerife Cabildo has announced that there will be a form of Operación Nevada in place from this afternoon until Sunday night. From 2pm today until 10pm Sunday, the La Esperanza road will be descending only, with ascent through the other access roads via La Orotava, Vilaflor, and Chío.

Cabildo Roads Councillor Enrique Arriaga explained that the objective was to try to avoid the ridiculous scenes of recent days of nose to tail traffic jams being repeated when more people are expected to be out and about. The Cabildo’s concerns are no doubt increased by the worry that the public will be influenced this weekend especially by the Canarian Government’s strong hints that Tenerife could go down to Level 2 from Sunday night. Certainly Arriaga stressed that Tenerife remains in Level 3 for the moment, and so apart from restricting movement as much as possible, the public is requested not to go up to Teide in great numbers and that they abide by essential protection measures like distancing and mask wearing.