Living with Covid: Tenerife’s Special Measures extended to 10 December

The UK has banned foreign travel from England between 5 Nov and 2 Dec. Outside those dates, there is an air corridor with the Canaries though the British Government continues to advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Spain.

Everyone entering Spain must comply with rules as follows:

  • all visitors must have previously completed a passenger location form (digital or paper, English or Spanish – see HERE) with their personal details including where they will be staying in Spain
  • from 14 November, visitors checking into any regulated tourist accommodation in the Canaries – hotels, apartment complexes with receptions, VV registered residential property, camp sites, rural hotels etc – must present a certificate showing a negative test result for active infection (this can be any test showing active infection – so either a PCR or an antigen test). On check-in they will also be required to download the track and trace RADAR app (see HERE)
  • from 23 November, all visitors to any part of Spain (which includes the Canaries) from a high risk country, regardless of where they’re staying, must have a PCR test before they fly here (see HERE) – specifically a PCR test with no exception

When here, Spain is under a national state of emergency but the Canaries are exempt at present. We are therefore under the rules for the New Normal, a stage likely to last until Spain declares an end to the health emergency which is only likely to happen when a vaccine or treatment is available. Moreover, Tenerife is currently in Special Meaures, extra restrictions because of the rate of infection, and from 13 November is under even Further Restrictions because although not the worst affected island overall, Tenerife is currently the hotspot for infection in the Canaries. The principal rules from this combination of measures are as follows:

  • face masks must be worn by everyone of 6 years of age and above at all times whether or not 1.5m distancing is possible. Fabric masks are legal but if attending a hospital or doctor’s surgery, masks must be of the hygenic or surgical type from a chemist or sanitary provisions supplier (see HERE). The requirement to wear a mask applies to all public spaces, indoors and out, all people in work, and including beaches and swimming pools (except when swimming or sunbathing in a designated zone), catering establishments (except specifically when eating but one can’t nurse a drink to avoid wearing one – indeed police say masks must be worn between sips), public transport or cars shared with others from a different household
    • exemptions exist for those with certified medical conditions and those doing something like work or individual exercise which makes wearing a mask impossible but to avoid a fine, those with exemption should carry proof for any police who might stop them, and those working or exercising must carry a mask to put on as soon as they’ve stopped doing the activity that provides the exemption 
  • social groups and business meetings are limited to 6 as part of the further restrictions introduced on 13 November: elsewhere the Canaries groups are limited to 10. Other parts of Spain under the estado de alarma introduced on 25 October are limited to six, but the Canaries are currently exempt from the estado de alarma
  • smoking is banned in the outside areas of all bars, restaurants, etc., and in any outdoor public spaces unless the smoker is alone, motionless, and can guarantee 2m distancing from anyone else.  Smoking is already banned throughout Spain in enclosed public spaces like bars, restaurants, airports, as well as outside schools, hospitals, etc
  • Physical distancing of 2m wherever possible in Tenerife, 1.5 elsewhere in the Canaries
  • shops and offices including Government departments, bars and restaurants, cinemas, museums, churches, beaches, markets etc are open but with time and capacity restrictions, distancing & hygiene rules. Appointments or pre-booking may be necessary: clear information should be available on site or online
  • hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants close by 11pm as part of the Further Restrictions, an hour earlier than previously under Tenerife’s Special Measures. Elsewhere in the Canaries they close at 1am. In the rest of Spain under the estado de alarma there is a curfew between 11pm and 6am but the Canaries are currently exempt from the estado de alarma
  • late night bars, nightclubs & discos are closed indoors and out
  • visits to and outings from senior citizens’ centres limited; day centres may be closed or with restricted hours
  • events for crowds require prior Sanidad risk assessment and authorization (banned entirely where islands are in special measures)

Updated 26 November: The Canarian Government has announced that the Further Restrictions Tenerife alone is under have been extended up to and including 10 December. The regional Government says that our figures haven’t worsened significantly but despite being in Special Measures and with Further Restrictions, they haven’t improved either. So we carry on as we are for the time being.

Updated 20 November: Tenerife’s situation has been reviewed and the island will remain in Special Measures until 4 December when it will be reviewed next. The detailed report is HERE.

Updated 16 November: Sanidad (Canarias) has reminded the public that in these crucial days, with the island a hotspot of infection facing possible curfew in short order if figures don’t quickly improve, the regional Government has recommended people only to leave the house when absolutely necessary. We are not only in the red traffic light of the semaphore and so in Special Measures – the only island in the archipelago in them – we also have Further Restrictions because of the latest surge.

Staying at home is not “a requirement”, nor is it law, but it is socially responsible, the Government says, and will directly aid the fight to get our figures down so that we can relax measures soon rather than tighten them even further. I’ve been posting HERE German health authorities’ videos encouraging people to stay at home. The same message applies here in Tenerife – and it’s specifically Tenerife only, not the Canaries generally.

We should stay at home, going out only when absolutely necessary, Sanidad says, explaining that “it’s vital to cut the chain of contagion” by avoiding closed spaces and crowds, and following protection measures like hand washing, face mask wearing, physical and social distancing at all times. Anyone who feels the need for a bit of sun can relax on a balcony or terrace, or in their garden, so there’s no need for sun deprivation … just do it at home for all our sakes or we will never get out of Special Measures.

Updated 13 November: The semaphore has been updated again and Tenerife has been kept in Special Measures until at least 27 November, the only one of the Canary Islands to be in this category. The BOC has also published the Further Restrictions that apply to Tenerife immediately – see HERE

Updated 12 November: Tenerife is the only island in Special Measures and tonight has Further Restrictions in addition. I’ve edited the list above as necessary but the detail of the new restrictions, which should come into force tomorrow when published in the BOC, is HERE.

Updated 6 November: Today was when Tenerife’s placement in Special Measures was up for review and, having been reviewed, Tenerife will remain in Special Measures to 20 November. The semaphore is HERE, detail is HERE.

Updated 3 November: It’s getting quite real to some now, I suppose. We have (assuming the HoC votes it through tomorrow) an England travel ban in two days time which has caused Ashotel abject despair: “a hard blow” is Jorge Marichal’s response to the news that this winter season, already expected to function at around only 30% of normal, has now lost most of even that. There is a small chance, Marichal thinks, of some sort of season later in December and then on until spring but no-one is putting any bets on the likelihood of the UK lifting the measures on 2 December anyway.

Meanwhile, negative covid tests no more than 72 hours old are required from all tourists who are actually allowed to come here, and they will also be required to download the track and trace app. To repeat yet again, this only applies to tourists, and that means those staying in regulated tourist accommodation, so hotels, apartments in tourist designated complexes, or residential property let to tourists legally under the VV or rural tourism schemes: no other accommodation is legal here for tourists anyway.

And now, Tenerife President Pedro Martín has said that he will ensure the island becomes more forceful still in sanctioning those breaking the rules because Tenerife’s very future and economy is at stake. We are now the worst affected island in terms of daily cases, and the main engine of infection is people relaxing and dropping their guard because Gran Canaria was the worst affected. It isn’t any more, and so Martín says he will ensure that ayuntamientos know that their municipal police forces (the Policía Local) should increase their presence and fines for any breaches they become aware of. The President is also calling in more military assistance for the track and trace programme.

Updated 10pm, 31/10: The UK Government is to ban travel abroad from England from next Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December. Please see HERE for more details.

Updated 31 October: Visitors to tourist accommodation will have to supply a negative covid test on arrival from 14 November. Please see HERE for the details.

Updated 29 October: Congress has approved the Government’s proposal for an estado de alarma to 9 May next year with a review in March. After next week, the end of the first fortnight of the new estado de alarma which the Government was able to impose without Parliamentary approval, regional Governments will be able to determine their own measures according to local rates of infection. Their power to do this requires the overarching framework of an estado de alarma but this is not a lockdown as it was earlier this year. It’s more of a curfew – toque de queda – that can see regions lifting it if their outbreak appears to be easing. The national Government said that the approval of its new state of emergency provided a wide horizon of security and stability for the autonomous regions to deal with the next half year of the pandemic.

Updated 27 October: The Spanish Government has announced that it has asked Congress for an extension of six months to the new estado de alarma/toque de queda but that after 9 November, the end of the initial fortnight that the Government can impose without Parliamentary approval, the regions will be able to decide for themselves whether to maintain the restrictions or not depending on regional conditions.

The change was announced earlier today by Spanish Finance minister María Jesús Montero who said that it was to protect the constitutional powers of the regional Governments and avoid the national measures being challenged in the Courts: this way an autonomous community which resists will be able simply to lift the restrictions and not have to take a legal route to try to get them removed. It also, undeniably, makes the Government’s own constitutional situation easier since there is far more flexibility in the arrangements for which agreement is being sought.

As we know, this does not affect the Canaries because we had been exempted from the new estado de alarma anyway, the only part of Spain not to be included, but several regions have already announced the measures they will keep in place after 9 November.

26 October: I’ve split the New Normal post because it was getting too long and unwieldy. As of yesterday, Spain is again under a state of emergency, an estado de alarma that primarily imposes a curfew after 11pm every night. Please note that the estado de alarma is in effect throughout the whole of Spain with the sole exception of the Canary Islands.

The situation in these islands will continue to be monitored, however, and we will find ourselves included in the national measures if our numbers start to rise. It behoves us all, therefore, to maximise our caution and compliance with the rules that are in place at the moment if we wish to avoid the further restrictions of the state of emergency.

For his part, Sánchez said that he understands the distress this causes. The PM said it’s difficult to conquer fear and overcome the fatigue of such a situation. Therefore, he said, he thanked us, all of us for the discipline we will need, for being our best selves and giving our combined strength, This way, the PM said, we will beat the virus, united against it.

The measures have been published in the BOE HERE.

Previous posts on the outbreak are HERE – the New Normal from the end of the de-escalation to the reimposition of the estado de alarma in October 2020; HERE – the de-escalation phases from the estado de alarma between April to June 2020; and the original post HERE on the outbreak itself, with case numbers, fatalities etc.

55 Comments

  1. Hi Janet. We are returning to you from uk soon. When you say masks have to be worn at all time does that include the full face shields? We find these more comfortable with hearing aides on! We keep up with your site and most grateful for all you do. Looking forward to being back in our second home. Janet and John

  2. Author

    it does not include shields, they are not masks. It means masks, and specifically a particular kind in some places as it says right at the top of the page. Please also have a look HERE.

  3. Hi Janet. I’ve arranged a family trip to Tenerife for the end of November. Our flight is from Tel Aviv Israel to London Luton and from there to Tenerife South ( connection in Luton is less then 12 hours ). Today Israel is after a long lock-down and numbers are decreasing fast for the last two weeks. Outbound air traffic for Israelis is open but I don’t know if we are allowed to enter in Spain, or in UK for connection flight.. Have to mention that we have Israeli passports. Where can I see updates about? Thank you

  4. Author

    I don’t know where you can see updates specifically about this but there are no restrictions presently on entry to Tenerife from anywhere, but arrivals must fill out a passenger location form (see top of page) and possibly from later this week there will be a new law requiring you to provide proof of a negative covid test before arrival but at the moment we do not have details of this legislation which is still at the proposal stage.

  5. As we’re due in Tenerife on 03.11.2020, this will leave us very little time to address and “negative test certification”? This was booked as soon as FCDO announced lifting of restrictions…

  6. Author

    Maybe so, clearly in a public health emergency there is bound to be some disruption. As I say above, however, some notice will be given and when the legislation is published we will know what it is. This legislation has been proposed and discussed for some time regardless of GovUK travel advice and is hardly a surprise.

  7. Hi Janet,

    I’m due to travel to Tenerife from 6-13th. This is primarily for work purposes although I am staying in a ‘tourist hotel’. Whilst the decree law has been passed, I assume it won’t be mandatory for me to provide a negative covid test before I arrive? I’m not sure I can get one done fast enough which is my concern! Thanks in advance and keep up the great work.

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    But the law isn’t being applied until the 14th! You’ll have arrived and gone before it’s even required, so no!

    edit: I don’t relate it to this question specifically but generally. I have to sit on my hands to stop myself saying something along the lines that the last time I looked at a calendar the 6th came before the 14th. For the sake of my blood pressure PLEASE READ THE INFO AVAILABLE BEFORE ASKING A QUESTION.

  9. Is it definitely the 14th of November the Covid testing starts?

  10. Some of the questions don’t come from the brightest lamps in the street Janet. 😂. You must have the patience of a saint .

  11. As a resident of El Hierro I am booked to arrive from UK
    on a Tuesday evening at TFS and I have a booking with
    Binter at TFN for the following morning.
    Normally I would stay overnight on Tenerife but the need
    for PCR test makes using a hotel or pension difficult. As
    the “curfew” does not apply to Canarias, I am considering
    “sleeping out”.
    Are there any other rules relating to this? Are the airports
    open overnight? Would kipping on a beach be acceptable?

    Of course, my locator form will refer to my address on
    El Hierro but, sadly, UK-TFS flight times have been altered
    so that it is not possible to reach El Hierro in one day
    from the departure airport in UK,

  12. Author

    The fact is that the passenger location form is for border control so you put El Hierro on it. It won’t matter to a Tenerife hotel that you’ve said that because they aren’t concerned what you put on your location form, only with your test results, and if you ever needed to be contacted you could provide information at that point about your overnight in Tenerife. You can’t sleep on a beach or in the airport, I’m afraid.

  13. I really wish that those who decide to come here would respect our rules. Now seeing more (mainly Brits) out and about in the Purto Colon area. Many not wearing masks and not socially distancing!!!! It’s not like England. It’s not a request. It’s the law. WEAR A BLOODY MASK!!!!

    Where are the police when they are needed?

  14. Hi Janet, thanks so much for these updates. I have a question about your 29th October update, where you explain that the power ‘of regional governments ‘to be able to determine their own measures …….. requires the overarching framework of an estado de alarma’. Does this mean the canarian government will lack these powers as it is exempt from the estado de alarma? Or will the canarian government also be able to enact health-related measures with the same force as other autonomous communities in the rest of spain. (I understand that canaries continue to have the autonomy they have always traditionally had with tourism matters, I am just referring to health measures here eg curfews masks etc). I’m finding it hard to figure out how the hierarchy between all the different regional and national laws works, and even more so when you add in estados de alarma and estados de emergencia sanitaria!! If you have any archived blog posts that explain all this, I would be most grateful!

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    No, the overarching framework is national. All of Spain’s autonomous regions are included except the Canaries which has been temporarily exempted but, with the overarching national framework, it could easily be included in the estado.

    Health is already a devolved power here but the Canarian Government has no power to declare national measures.

    As to a post trying to explain the different hierarchies which indeed can appear confusing, have a look HERE.

  16. Unfortunately as swallows who have been here for the last 5 weeks and have seen in the last weeks at the adeje area, no police, virtually no masks and no enforcement and looky looky men walking round tables with no masks I’m not sure where we go from here. Perhaps the ban from the uk is a good thing at the moment. Never thought I would think like that Janet. Where is the enforcement !!!

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    Agree, Nigel, at least in terms of obvious presence. This is partly the problem, I think, and that’s down to councils and local police. Nationals and Guardia are working overtime, seriously so, and the fines are being imposed but they aren’t “local patrol” visible. What they might usefully do is publish a few of those fines, show people they are really issuing them, and in significant numbers, but there are data protection issues I understand.

  18. Anybody walks in Playa Paraiso, El Duque, Fañabe, Torviscas, will see that only max 1/3 wears a mask correctly. 1/3 covers only the mouth but not the nose, 1/3 nothing, nada. I have seen the local police and the guardia pass, seeing that … and nothing done. They really did nothing every time I have seen them. A pity 🙁

  19. Seen the same John and worryingly the rates of infection continue to rise steadily here in the South.

  20. I am curious what if a friend or a relative from Europe wants to visit and stay at your home for a while? All talk seems to be about regular tourists to Canaries. But I guess one’s relative or friend would need to do the same.

  21. Author

    There are no restrictions on entering Spain/Canaries, and it will depend on whether there are exit restrictions in any given country. People can have visitors, and if the property is not touristic they will not need to check in and so will not need a test.

  22. Hello Janet,
    your job is priceless!! Thank you.
    I am about to go to Tenerife (Saturday the 14th) and wondering where I can do the test. I spent many hours to find any info but found nothing. Do you know how to find a local healthcare providers list for Covid tests?
    – Tom

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    Thanks Tom, but sorry I don’t know. I understand that lists of “approved testers” have been sent or are available to regulated tourism providers so they can advise people but all I know is that some of the “private ones” have a very poor reputation. If you can get one before coming, do … 🙂

  24. Hi Janet,

    Can you confirm what it means on the 20th of November when the special measures are being removed? Many thanks,

    Shannon

  25. Author

    IF they are lifted, then special measures restrictions are removed, and so day centres will be able to reopen, restaurants etc will be able to stay open an extra hour (to 1am rather than midnight – last customers in by midnight rather than 11pm), and large groups events won’t be banned any more but will still have to have a prior Sanidad risk assessment and authorization. These are the only differences Special Measures have made, and if we come of them we will still be under the New Normal restrictions which are detailed at the top of the page.

  26. Hi Janet can I just clarify that as of 14th Nov people travelling to canaries can have the antigen test on arrival as an alternative option to the pcr test will this remain an option after the 23rd it seems the general opinion from FB holiday groups is that everyone can just take the antigen test on arrival so don’t need to bother paying for a pcr test in the uk before which I don’t think is right

  27. Author

    From today, antigen test needed for regulated tourist accommodation in Canaries.

    From 23rd, PCR (specifically only PCR) required for entry to Spain IF the country of origin is in the high risk category. This category changes every fortnight so it depends on where someone’s coming from and what the category of their country is at their time of travel.

    If someone is coming after the 23rd from a high risk country, their PCR test will do for entry to the country and for their tourist accommodation (if they’re staying in tourist accommodation). If their country is not deemed high risk, they won’t need a PCR test to come into the country so will only need a test result if they’re staying in tourist accommodation and for that an antigen test will be sufficient.

    If someone is NOT staying in tourist accommodation they will only need a test to enter the country ON OR AFTER 23 November AND IF their country of origin is high risk. – and it will have to be a PCR test only.

  28. I do so wish people would listen and obey the rules. Every day I go for a walk with my mask on on the golf I see so many people not wearing them they think that masks are wrist bands or a fashion item to be in there pocket. You try to educate people about this to be met with all sorts of comments. Like to day I’ll pick out just 3 guests from new hotel four of them in total you need to put your mask on I said, we don’t need to we are drinking? Walking with beers?. No you need to wear them. 2nd comment was oh…. Off?. Hum nice. 3rd was you don’t need to wear them while out walking? This chap was totally adamant I was wrong and he was right no I’m not wearing a mask neither did his wife and child. These are the people who we are trying to protect, and keep us out of lock down. Gosh it makes you so angry. Please it’s simple wear your masks only exemption is people with special permission. Ie health reasons. Thank you Janet for keeping us up to date. Bet your jobs not easy. Caz.

  29. What is meant by “VV registered accomodation”

  30. Author

    A privately owned residential property that has been registered for tourism purposes (holiday letting) with the Canarian Government. There’s a full explanation HERE, with further links for more details.

  31. I notice you didn’t mention the restrictions in the annexe to the BOC published on the 12th., for example, only 30% capacity in bars and restaurants and probably more importantly there must be at least 2 metres between the backs of chairs of adjacent tables in bars/restaurants/terraces and you can’t just get up and walk around. Having just watched a video streamed live last night from Tenerife I can see these laws being totally ignored with tables jammed together and the waiter not wearing a mask at all. How can infections be reduced without tourists, some, but not all, residents and businesses taking the virus seriously?

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    Many are seemingly unwilling or unable to read three bullet points essential to whether they can even enter the country … how ready will they be to read detail that they don’t actually need to know immediately or personally?! They will be told when they go to these establishments … or they should be. The lack of compliance and policing is an issue that has been and is being dealt with many times on this site, with many despairing about both the lack of effective local policing and, perhaps moreso, about the senseless and selfish behaviour of some/many. Even when given basic info in the simplest shortest way they fail to understand, or become “confused”, or refuse to comply, or plain mock the measures. What does one do? I don’t know.

  33. Reading the last few posts on here it’s really not surprising our figures are going haywire again and obviously bars/restaurants an their customers do not comply with the law. I’ll be sorry for those in the hospitality trade but the only way forward seems to be another lockdown – unfortunate for those who’ve complied (masks correctly worn NOT as arm/wrist/chin or any other form of body decoration) and keeping our distance. Everyone please, for God’s sake wake up and comply with what we all know (TOLD HERE OFTEN ENOUGH) to be a legal requirement – for your own sake as well as that of others.

  34. It’s a pity the police aren’t able to view the daily posts on Facebook by Tenerife bars showing many photographs revealing blatant disregard for the rules on masks and social distancing. It occurs to me that all these bars have one thing in common. They all have entertainers working there. Before anyone starts banging on about me being anti entertainers etc, totally untrue. It is the lack of enforcement of the no singing along, no dancing about, no standing up to video etc that is the problem. Plus two, three, four and even five people (from the audience) sharing one microphone to sing! I have seen it! Horrifying. I have so much sympathy for entertainers’, their livelihood has been cancelled out by this pandemic. BUT, it will only come back when bars start enforcing the rules. I would mention the police enforcing it too, but I am not hopeful. Sadly there are just not enough of them it seems. Just a few weeks of everyone sticking to the rules and things would improve for everyone.. Just saying …..

  35. Since tourism is allowed in the Canaries and encouraged how does stay at home make sense?

    Tourists often need to go out to eat and are not going to stay in their hotels when it is allowed to go out and enjoy themselves.

    Is this just advice to residents?

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    It is advice to the public, and so residents and tourists. They want tourists, but safe ones. People have to eat and hostelry establishments can open legally. There is no reason that a safe and uninfected tourist, complying fully with health rules and wearing a mask, obeying instructions not to smoke and to use hand gel on entering a restaurant, can’t eat there, enjoy a drink, stay until 11pm and then go back to their accommodation. Obviously someone whose idea of a holiday is to get steaming on shots and then party through the early hours in the Veronicas will be less than impressed … but the Veronicas and its ilk are closed right now anyway.

    There is no conflict between allowing tourism, encouraging people not to go out more than for essentials, and insisting on rule obedience and safety observance … unless the tourist wants to do something that is currently not permitted here. They have, of course, the free market choice of holidaying elsewhere if they do. And, in fact, if they don’t tell people to stay indoors unless they have to go out we will have a curfew … and if there’s one thing tourists really won’t like, it’s a curfew. This is a way to promote safety and HELP tourism, not hinder it!

  37. The whole concept of tourism is to go out for non-essential reasons and is the antithesis of staying at home. Tourist travel thousands of miles for a non essential reason and spend their time here out and about, not holed up in a hotel room.

    Yes they can comply with all the laws but it makes no sense to say at home when on holiday.

  38. Exactly Chris, just as it makes no sense to holiday in the midst of a pandemic.

  39. Well said Julie – one up to you there!!!!!

  40. Strongly disagree with you Julie and as been said by several people on this site providing one is sensible and follows the rules a holiday has personal benefits is therapeutic
    The reason we came in September for 3 weeks was also to support our many friends who work in the hotels we visit as we know how many of them are suffering financially
    Tourism has suffered beyond belief on the island and we hope many in the UK will continue to come on holiday after December 2nd and support all those in the suffering industry
    See you all in February 😀😀

  41. Problem is David people are often seen breaking the rules and are not sensible especially when on holiday. That’s why the UK is where it is compared to us here in Arona/Adeje. Testing will now help but some are even trying to circumvent those regulations …. But they will fail and be fined heavily when caught.

    Suggest people go get their therapy elswhere. Better still, just stay at home for one bloody year.

  42. Hi Ray
    Guess you don’t appreciate those like us who come to support the desperate state the island’s tourism industry is in
    Having spent 3 weeks in Adeje in September we can only echo the earlier comments made , especially those by Janet of the police response to those breaking the rules. We have the same situation in the UK as you have in Adeje with local rule breakers getting away with it and in the las americas area many young locals in large groups ignoring the face mask rules
    I do not envy the situation your police find themselves in
    We are keeping our fingers crossed for all of you and hope you are doing the same for us in the UK who are sticking to the rules

  43. I find Janet’s website really informative particularly at this time but I have read with alarm all the reports of people ignoring the rules. We were in Los Cristianos for most of September and October. We were there to relax in fabulous weather and support the tourist economy as we have done for 25 years. Though it was very different to previous trips it was really enjoyable and felt very safe. We were in an apartment did not really mix with other tourists went for walks and visited some of our favourite bars and restaurants who were all grateful to see us spending. Without exception they stuck to the rules as did virtually everyone we saw in and around Cristianos. It was a very different scene to the one experience d by many posting on here. We will be back over Christmas if we are allowed.

  44. Don’t worry about finances. We are in the EU and the ECB has the biggest printing machine in the world. We once had Super Mario and now got a spendthrift French woman. So no problems here.

  45. David. As we are in much tighter restrictions here now since you were here in September, the “noble” (ahem) idea of supporting people in the hospitality industry is becoming somewhat academic anyway now. Entertainment is being cancelled, shorter opening hours meaning fewer staff, capacity reduced even further inside and outside on terraces, and the rule of six is being applied for get togethers both at home and while out. So why do you think we have these new restrictions? Because we are struggling to get the case numbers down .A curfew is next on the cards, followed if necessary by restriction of movement of people around the island, no doubt. Our health service Sanidad is even saying people shouldn’t be out at ALL, unless absolutely necessary. So tourists coming here for “therapeutic” reasons (seriously???) is not our greatest concern or priority at the moment Stay at home or we will never get back to normal so we can fully reopen the island again.

  46. I go out two days per week to meet friends and have a few covid compliant beers with them and I will continue to do so because if our lawmakers are content to accept visitors legally to the island then they must also accept my legal right to leave my house.

    I’m getting fed up with the authorities wanting to cherrypick, to have their cake and eat it, to maintain tourisim but restrict residents. It’s make your mind up time. Lockdown and stop visiters or shut up.

  47. This is from Sanidad, not the law makers. They have different priorities from the government and don’t sing from same hymn sheet.

    The probably don’t realise they are funded by the economy, which is mostly the tourist industry.

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    Actually, they are the Government, one of its departments, what on earth do you think a Government actually is?! So of course they “realise”, and naturally they have different priorities from other departments, like the Environment Department or the Exchequer. Even an idiot would understand that as a Health Department their priority is Health, and their view is that there is no tourist industry or economy without healthy people … unless we’re going for the niche zombie market …

    Oddly, their view is shared, so it’s not a case of them not singing from the same hymn sheet, but that other departments are signing from the same hymn sheet as them! Of course this goes down like a lead balloon with people whose only concern is their own selfish enjoyment and belief that since we are mortal, we may as well risk dying right now from an unpreventable and incurable lung-eating virus.

  49. As you say Janet, we are all mortal and therefore it is everybodys duty to respect and comply with laws related to covid. But those must be equitable and this ‘recomendation’ is not.

  50. Will another total lockdown sufficiently help us now or has the situation been allowed to get totally out of control? As much as I don’t particularly want to see another lockdown if that’s what’s needed so be it. I’m making sure I have a good supply of the essentials ‘just in case’ I know food shops (including pet shops) will probably allowed to open but if I can avoid the need to go ‘anywhere’ so much the better!

  51. Another lockdown before Chistmas is highly likely Theresa. I said so when they opened up the islands to tourisim and visitors and unfortunately it looks like that’s the way we are heading. They don’t what to do it now (but they should) for fear of hurting whatever is left of this year’s tourisim. Crazy because that’s already dead anyway.

    To be clear, im not claiming that tourisim is soley to blame here because it’s not. However, stricter controls on those coming to these islands should have been put in place long before now.

  52. I wish it had been done in August/September Ray, when we had the influx of Spanish holidaymakers here and schools reopened. Also, what people are forgetting is that whatever restrictions we are put under, will apply to everyone on the islands, residents and tourists alike. Maybe that will finally get through to people that, at the moment, we are putting safety and health first and your holiday here will be somewhat restricted. At the very least, it should put off the party party brigade, fingers crossed.

  53. I visit Los Christianos twice every week and you would think the wearing of masks (correctly) was optional. But who cares, you have as much chance of winning the lottery than seeing a police officer of any description.

  54. I so agree with you Brian. Relying on people to be “responsible” without enforcement will never work. The UK found this out, and now we are finding it too. Worrying times and lockdown on the way, methinks

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