Living with Covid: Fuerteventura back up to level 2 as Tenerife waits until Sunday for its review

The Canaries are under regional restrictions defined by “levels”: Tenerife is in amber level 2 until 24.00h on 7 March, and the principal rules are:

  • Curfew of 11pm to 6am, and although travel around the island is not banned, the public is asked to restrict movement as much as possible 
  • face masks must be worn by everyone of 6 years of age and above at all times and places regardless of distancing. 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)
    • exemptions exist for swimming, sunbathing in a designated zone, eating, private vehicles occupied singly or by members of the same household, medical conditions (medical proof required – in Spanish because it will be Policía Local who’ll stop and fine you), working or exercising which makes wearing a mask impossible but mask must be carried to put on as soon as exempt activity stops  
    • anyone using catering establishments must wear a mask except at “el momento de la ingesta de alimentos y bebidas exclusivamente” (the point of eating and drinking exclusively)
  • social groups limited to six 
  • physical distancing of 2m wherever possible   
  • private cars can be occupied to a maximum allowed to be in a social group depending on the level. Masks must be worn if the occupants are from different households, and windows open or aircon switched on but with air drawn from outside, not recirculated interior air
  • time and capacity restrictions, distancing & hygiene rules apply in shops and offices including Government departments, bars and restaurants, cinemas, museums, churches, beaches, markets, gyms, casinos, etc. Prior appointments/pre-booking may be required 
  • catering establishments close by 11pm. Restricted service (indoor 50% capacity, terrace 75%), maximum four at a table inside, six per table outside, two together at a bar
  • smoking banned outside bars, restaurants, etc., and in any outdoor public spaces unless smoker is alone, stationary, and with 2m cordon (smoking already banned by Spain in enclosed public spaces and outside schools, hospitals, etc)
  • late night bars, nightclubs & discos closed, and crowd events banned
  • sports and physical exercise in the open air can be carried out individually or up to a maximum of six in a group

To enter Tenerife: 

  • 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 (national legislation)
  • all visitors from a high risk country, regardless of where they’re staying, must have a PCR or TMA test before they fly (see HERE) (national legislation)
  • in addition, anyone including residents checking into any regulated tourist accommodation in the Canaries – hotels, apartment complexes with receptions, rural hotels etc – must present a certificate showing a negative test result – this can be an antigen test but if arriving from outside the Canaries with a PCR test result evidently this can also be used for checking into the accommodation provided it is still no more than 72 hours old. Canarian residents can sign a formal declaration instead if they haven’t left the islands for at least a fortnight prior to checking into a hotel. Those checking into regulated tourist accommodation will also be required to download the track and trace RADAR app (see HERE) (Canarian legislation)
  • all visitors from any other part of Spain outside the Canaries must have a PCR, TMA or antigen negative test result; residents in the Canaries returning home will have the test cost reimbursed (measure already extended more than once and currently in place to 24.00h, 5 April) (Canarian legislation)
  • British nationals may not enter Spain by direct air or sea routes because of Spain’s ban on UK arrivals who aren’t resident which is in place currently until 5pm, 16 March; air arrivals from Brazil and South Africa have been added to the ban. The UK has also imposed measures which ban international travel except for essential reasons which do not include holidays: these are currently in place until further notice (national legislation)

Updated 4 March: Following today’s Cabinet meeting, Fuerteventura will go up to Level 2 while the other islands remain in their levels. As we know, Tenerife’s level will not be reviewed until Sunday.

Green circle El Hierro, La Gomera & La Palma (level 1)
Orange circle Tenerife, Gran Canaria & Fuerteventura (level 2)
Red circle Lanzarote (level 3)

Updated 1 March: Following today’s Cabinet meeting, Lanzarote and La Graciosa will move from level 4 to 3 from tomorrow, Tuesday, while the other islands will remain in their existing groups. In addition Level 1, which hasn’t had curfew so far, now does have curfew between midnight and 6am. As we’ll recall, Tenerife’s Level 2 isn’t due for revision until 7 March.

Green circle Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera & La Palma (level 1)
Orange circle Tenerife & Gran Canaria (level 2)
Red circle Lanzarote (level 3)

Updated 26 February: The Public Health authorities have reminded the public that they must not under any circumstances go out looking for a test if they think they might have covid symptoms. Seemingly many people, especially those not registered with the state system, are searching on social media for “cheap tests” because they think they have symptoms. Salud Pública reminds the public that they must ring the freephone number provided in every autonomous community in Spain – whether they are registered in the regional health system or not. In the Canaries, that number is 900 112 061.

Going to find a private test is just as prohibited as turning up at a local health centre because, Salud Pública says, if symptoms thought to be covid do turn out to be covid, the sufferer will have risked any number of other people’s safety when a test could be arranged individually for the sake of one phone call. All you have to do is call the freephone number that will be answered in up to seven languages including English: in an emergency, obviously call 112 instead.

The principal early symptoms to be concerned about are fever, cough, breathlessness, loss of smell/taste, chills, sore throat, aching muscles, headache, a general sense of illness or a worsening of any existing condition. If you have any of these symptoms, phone the helpline but meanwhile, the key words, which are a clear and firm instruction from Sanidad, are Quédate en casa – Stay at home.

Updated 25 February: The Canarian Government has announced that the requirement for national (not international) arrivals – ie arrivals from other parts of Spain – to bring a negative test result with them, which was in place until 24.00h this Sunday has been extended to 24.00h, 5 April. The tests can be PCR, TMA or rapid antigen test, and residents in the Canaries (eg students studying in the mainland coming home for visits) will be reimbursed.

Updated 21 February: As anticipated, Tenerife goes back up to Level 2 from midnight tonight, Canarian Health Minister Blas Trujillo announced this morning. Trujillo said that Tenerife’s figures particularly over the last week show that cases are constantly increasing, and that the measure was proportional to the need for prevention. Specifically referencing the new “more dangerous British strain”, the minister also said that other variants were appearing here as well, and all represented an elevated contagion risk. Gran Canaria, however, is to come down to Level 2 itself because of the favourable evolution of cases there, and Fuerteventura and El Hierro are also themselves down, to Level 1. Lanzarote remains at Level 4, and La Gomera, and La Palma remain at Level 1. The alert levels will be reviewed again next Sunday (subsequently extended to 4 March) except for Tenerife which will be reviewed 7 March. HERE is the current report from Sanidad (Canarias).

Green circle Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera & La Palma (level 1)
Orange circle Tenerife & Gran Canaria (level 2)
Brown circle Lanzarote (level 4) 

Updated 18 February: There was to have been one of the regular announcements today after Cabinet as to the covid measures safety Levels in force in all the islands but it has been postponed to Sunday when the extra Carnaval measures themselves expire. Tenerife is currently in Level 1 but it’s possible that we may have to go up to Level 2 because although Gran Canaria’s figures are improving, ours are worsening again. So said President Ángel Torres at lunchtime today when confirming that the next announcement will be made by regional Health Minister Blas Trujillo on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Government spokesman Julio Pérez said today that “Algo pasa en Tenerife para que lo que era una línea descendente no siga descendiendo”: something is going on in Tenerife because the reduction in cases hasn’t been consolidated. Well, let’s see, we had Level 2 with strict Christmas measures that brought our numbers down and this was then reduced to Level 1 with Carnaval measures that were widely flouted and mainly unenforced: naturally therefore it’s utterly baffling as to what could possibly be going on in Tenerife. This feels like a never-ending game of Whac-a-mole …

Updated 11 February: We knew Tenerife’s figures were good and had improved significantly following the pretty harsh measures imposed when our case numbers were soaring, and indeed, following today’s Cabinet meeting the Canarian Government has announced that this island alone will change its level, going down from Level 2 to Level 1 from midnight tonight, with review as usual in a week’s time.

Some had thought we might stay in Level 2 another week because of the next ten days being the main Carnival period – even though it is limited this year and mainly online, private parties were feared, but in the end the announcement of extra policing and serious enforcement by Santa Cruz mayor Bermúdez, together with the “extraordinary measures” introduced by the Canarian Government itself today for Carnival week, have allayed fears.

These, like Level 1, start at midnight tonight and last until midnight at the end of Sunday next week, 21 February, and will mean that groups in level 1 are set at six for that period even though normally Level 1’s group limit is ten, a curfew will be in place from 10pm to 6am (starting even an hour earlier than we’ve had to date, and applicable on all islands because Carnaval is a Canarian phenomenon not just a Tenerife one) even though under Level 1 there is no curfew normally; and closing time will be 10pm for catering establishments even though after Carnival Level 1 closing time is 1am. (edit 12 Feb: published in the BOC HERE).

The current situation of the islands, to 21 February, is as follows, and I’ve updated the main rules above:

Green circle Tenerife, La Palma & La Gomera (level 1)
Orange circle Fuerteventura & El Hierro (level 2)
Red circle Gran Canaria (level 3)
Brown circle Lanzarote (level 4) 

Updated 4 February: Tenerife has been kept in Level 2 for another week, the Canarian Government has announced after its weekly Cabinet meeting. The latest full report is HERE, with all the islands in fact remaining in their existing level as follows:

Green circle  La Palma & La Gomera (level 1)
Orange circle Tenerife, Fuerteventura & El Hierro (level 2)
Red circle Gran Canaria (level 3)
Brown circle Lanzarote (level 4)

Updated 22 January: The details of maximum risk level 4 into which Lanzarote and La Graciosa have been placed have been published along with the fact that the specific extra restrictions that were in place in Tenerife have been extended. Originally these measures were effective to midnight of 24 January but have now been extended until further notice. The BOC publications today are HERE and HERE, and I’ve updated the main rules above that are applicable in Tenerife.

Updated 13 January: The snow is going, and the Cabildo has reopened all the access roads to the Teide National Park. The Cabildo reminds the public, however, that the island remains on Level 3 to contain the spread of covid, and so crowds must not form, and we are advised to restrict our movement to the essentials. 

Updated 12 January: Roads to Teide were closed for a couple of days because of recent heavy snowfall at altitude, but yesterday they were reopened with advice that everyone shouldn’t make a beeline for the mountains because crowds were against the rules and movement was supposed to be restricted even though not against the rules. Well, the videos are unimaginable … or rather, they’re all too imaginable, and today, the Cabildo has announced that all access roads are again closed “because of ice of the road”. Feeling how cold it is at 1000m I have no doubt of that ice, but suspect the rapid closure of “all access roads” is the result of the fact that yesterday everyone did indeed make a beeline for the National Park …

As I said in the cold weather post HERE, the public can check the official roads website HERE for up to date info on works, whether roads are open or closed, etc, but the Cabildo has again this morning reminded the public that Tenerife “is in level 3 to contain the spread of covid19. Crowds must be avoided and movement restrictions are recommended. Fat chance, but at least the roads are now barricaded. Not worth trying to go up to see the snow.

Updated 9 January: Published in the BOC today are the new restrictions in place from Monday until 24 January. Really, for Tenerife in red/level 3, the restrictions are as already in place (see info in bold above and 18 December updates below), but with groups still limited to people living together except for four non-cohabitants to a table in hostelry establishments, and schools reopening on Monday, there is much controversy on social media as to the sense or justification of the measures while groups are so restricted.

Updated 7 January 2021: Canarian President Ángel Torres has said that while the situation in Tenerife has improved somewhat, it still has the worst data in the archipelago and so the specific restrictions imposed on it will be maintained until at least next Thursday, 14 January.  Torres, speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting, said that he couldn’t commit to this being the last extension, however, but said he hoped it would be the last for the island’s extraordinary measures. Meanwhile, the situation is worsening in Lanzarote and again in Gran Canaria, both islands now being in amber on the traffic lights system, joining La Gomera. The latest detailed semaphore report is HERE.

Updated 29 December 2020: The Canarian Government has confirmed that the restrictions currently in place in Tenerife will remain in place until 10 January, and so they will cover Reyes, when crowds would otherwise almost certainly gather. The extension of the restrictions, which are described HERE, was confirmed this afternoon by Government spokesman Julio Pérez, who said that the situation in the island appeared to have stabilized but the extraordinary measures in place had to be maintained to flatten the curve of contagion.

(edit 30 December: extension published in the BOC HERE).

Updated 2pm, 19/12: And HERE we are, in black and white, in English, from Turismo Canarias themselves.

During the period between December 19, 2020 and January 2, 2021, only those tourists from outside the territory of the Canary Islands who stay in official touristic accommodation will be able to visit the the [sic] island.
During their stay in Tenerife, tourists must respect the nocturnal mobility restrictions established on the island, which limit the movement of people at night from 10pm to 6am every day.

These limitations do NOT affect the rest of the Canary Islands, which as of today maintain a Cumulative Incidence of below 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

What about those international arrivals who are not considered tourists? This decree is about national arrivals only and indeed the Canarian Government has no power to shut international borders.

Updated 19 December: So, this is not a travel website, but the situation is as clear as mud for travellers. On the one hand, travel to and from the “national territory” – mainland, Balearics etc – is limited only to those with valid exempted reasons for travel. On the other hand, international arrivals deemed “tourists” – those with bookings in regulated tourism establishments like hotels which, moreover, can verify their test results as required by the Canarian tourist accommodation covid test decree – can enter with proof of booking plus the negative test result (high risk countries) and passenger location form required from all arrivals. International arrivals who don’t have such a booking, however, aren’t excluded but how are they to be distinguished from those who do have a valid booking? Are they allowed just to enter with no proof other than the test and passenger location form? If so, how are “tourists” being discriminated against by being required to show proof of their booking? And discrimination it is because it excludes those who have paid good money for a holiday which happens through no fault of their own not to be “regulated” (ie an illegal let) or those who are coming to a VV let – totally legal and regulated but with no reception to verify test results as required.

I’ve asked for answers but the situation is unclear to the point that even German newspapers, which are now mainly reporting about the Canaries’ removal from Germany’s air corridors list, are so upset about the “confusion” that Sebastian Ebel, CEO of TUI Deutschland, has spoken direct to Canarian President Torres to ask what the position actually is for tourists! The answer, as we know however, is that there’s no issue with tourists, they can come with proof of booking, blah blah blah. It is the others where there is confusion, and it is a confusion that seems incapable of clarification.

In the meantime, the best that can be said is that it seems that international arrivals can come but they could be required to show proof of reason for arrival and, if not a tourist booking, might be something else as yet undefined. I have to say that all personal considerations aside, if I were thinking of coming to Tenerife and had no booking, I would not be certain of being allowed in nor of what I’d need to bring to be allowed in. And if I were a tourist staying in a hotel, I would be cheesed off to the max at being required to produce proof that someone staying in an illegal let wasn’t required to bring. This is an utterly hopeless and completely unnecessary cock-up in legislative clarity.

Updated 5pm, 18/12: The rationale behind these measures, the legislation makes clear, is that Tenerife is currently on level 3.5, with 4 being lockdown. We are that close to it again, and if these new measures don’t work, that’s our New Year. In the meantime, however, the new measures come into force at midnight tonight, remaining in force until 2 January 2021 with the possibility that they can be strengthened (lockdown!) if necessary.

  • People to stay in their own dwellings except for celebrating Christmas on 24, 25, and 31 December and 1 January when groups are limited to six apart from cohabiting groups of greater numbers. One change from what was expected is that these groups can be from three households, not just two
  • Curfew between 10pm and 6am except for Christmas Eve when it is 00.30 to 6am and New Year’s Eve when it is 1 to 6am
  • No arrivals allowed to Tenerife from anywhere in the national territory nor journeys back from Tenerife, apart from for the reasons we’re all familiar with from the lockdown earlier this year, eg bank, doctor, work  … these are listed again in the decree published today in the BOC
  • All activity banned in indoor spaces where permanent use of masks cannot be guaranteed or where activities represent risk
  • Capacity reductions in all other spaces according to risk level
  • Crowd events cancelled
  • Indoor areas closed apart from in health centres, work canteens, and hotel dining rooms exclusively for guest use, min 2m between chairs at adjacent tables and max 4 per table. Consumption at bars, buffet or self-service banned, max capacity in these interior areas 33%, terraces 50% max capacity, again with min 2m between chairs at adjacent tables and max 4 per table

When it comes to tourists, the decree allows only those who can show a reservation in tourist accommodation that has been registered in the Registro General Turístico de la Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias (General Tourist Register), and which are subject to the provisions of the public health control regime for admission to an accommodation establishment in accordance with Decree 17/2020, of 29 October, on extraordinary measures in the field of tourism to face the effects of the health and economic crisis produced by the pandemic caused by the COVID-19.

What this means is that only those using tourism establishments which have the means of checking the negative test required for admission – so, a reception – are allowed entry. This means, to be clear, only hotels and tourist complexes where guests are booking in through a reception … so not “friends and family” which is not a concept other than as personal guests of private owners, nor private bookings of holidays. I’m afraid it also appears to exclude Vivienda Vacacionales because they have no means to check test results at a reception as required, as well as private owners of apartments because they are neither booking in as “tourists” nor are they residents who are allowed to “return home”.

Updated 18 December: HERE and HERE are the decrees published in the BOC. I will add an interpretation later.

Updated 1.30pm, 17/12: Sanidad says that the measures will be published in the BOC tomorrow.

Updated 1pm, 17/12: The messaging from the regional Government is so inconsistent that one of its own departments has had to issue a disclaimer. I repeat it below verbatim, but note that this still needs confirmation by a published decree and as yet there is nothing in the BOC. Please also note that this is from Tenerife Turismo – they assume they are talking about legal tourism so their remarks won’t cover anyone not staying in a hotel or regulated tourist property (eg tourist complex booking through sole agent or residential property registered under the VV scheme). Finally, please note that the following is a direct quote in the form I received it, any queries about it or requests for clarity from any confusion caused should therefore be directed to its point of origin, not me.

URGENT STATEMENT FROM THE TENERIFE TOURISM BOARD
17th DECEMBER 2020
Movement of tourists to and from the island of Tenerife

In light of the confusion and doubt generated following the information issued yesterday by the Canarian Government regarding mobility to and from the island of Tenerife, we would like to clarify that, in the case of national and international tourists who have plans to come to Tenerife on holiday, they can take advantage of the exceptionalities listed among the current regulations in force, with relation to the right of admission in tourist accommodation establishments, whereby a negative Covid-19 test must be presented upon arrival that serves as proof of being completely free of coronavirus. These measures are stated in the official information issued by the regional government, which can be consulted in full by visiting the following link:
https://www3.gobiernodecanarias.org/noticias/el-gobierno-de-canarias-acuerda-limitar-la-entrada-y-salidade-personas-de -tenerife/,
Therefore, tourist movement to and from the island of Tenerife continues to function in exactly the same manner it has been until now.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the current entry regulations to the island for international passengers, as established by the ruling of 11th December 2020, which can be consulted in full here: https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/

Transcript of the OFFICIAL STATE BULLETIN No. 323 Friday, December 11th, 2020 Sec. I. Page 113287 – Provision 15951
“Before departure, all passengers originating from any airport or port located outside Spain must complete a public health form entitled “Health Control Form”, via the website https: //www.spth.gob .es /, or the app called Spain Travel Health-SpTH.
Passengers coming from a country or area of risk as defined by the Ministry of Health* who cannot provide satisfactory proof of an Active Infection Diagnostic Test (hereinafter AIDT) for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result carried out in the seventy-two hours prior to arrival, must carry out the AIDT established by the foreign health services.
As part of the documentary control carried out at the entry points, the passenger may be requested, at any time, to show the results of their AIDT. The supporting document must be the original, needs to be in Spanish
and / or English and may be submitted in either paper or digital format. The document will need to contain, at the very least, the following information: the passenger’s name, passport number or national identity number
(which must coincide with the one used in the Health Control Form), date of the test, name and contact details of the place the test was carried out, technique used and negative test result.
The AIDT for SARS-CoV-2 permitted is the PCR (COVID-19 RT-PCR). As long as their widespread use is not accepted throughout the European Union, other diagnostic tests such as rapid antibody tests, rapid antigen detection tests or high-performance serologies (ELISA, CLIA, ECLIA) will not be allowed.”

The Spanish Government has also announced that it will also allow international travellers from high-risk countries, in addition to a PCR, to use a Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) test performed 72 hours before your arrival in order to prove a negative diagnosis of active infection by Covid-19.

*(the list of countries or areas of risk established in Annex II of the ruling of 11th November 2020, by the General Public Health Department, relative to the health controls to be carried out at the points of entry in Spain, as well as the criteria used for their definition, will be reviewed every fifteen days and updates will be published on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Health: https: // www .mscbs.gob.es / as well as on the website: https://www.spth.gob.es.)

Updated 17 December: There is still no officially published information but the Canarian Government right now is saying two contradictory things. First that entry to and departure from Tenerife are restricted in accordance with the Estado de Alarma in application nationally, and so entry to Tenerife may only be for set purposes as listed in those measures. These explicitly comprise reasons such as returning home, attending medical appointments, going to work or banks etc, as well as for reasons of fuerza mayor or situation of need. Secondly, however, they say that tourists can take advantage of the regional rule requiring tests to be presented on accessing tourist accommodation.

So, on the one hand we have the Government explicitly saying “Se restringe la entrada y salida de personas a la isla de Tenerife desde las 24.00 horas del día 18 de diciembre (viernes) hasta el 1 de enero de 2021 … restricción aplicada a Tenerife se aplicará salvo para aquellos desplazamientos adecuadamente justificados que se produzcan por alguno de los siguientes motivos contemplados en el artículo 6 del Real Decreto-ley 926/2020, de 25 de octubre, la norma que declara el estado de alarma en el país para contener la propagación de infecciones causadas por el SARS-CoV-2” … as I say no-one comes in or leaves other than for these specific reasons under the state of alarm.

On the other hand, the same notice says “en el caso de los turistas nacionales y extranjeros que tengan previsto venir a la isla de Tenerife de vacaciones, pueden acogerse a las excepcionalidades que contempla la normativa vigente sobre derecho de admisión en los establecimientos alojativos turísticos, donde hay que presentar una prueba sanitaria negativa que acredite estar libre de coronavirus” … tourists coming on holiday can take advantage of the exceptions provided for in current regulations on the right of admission to tourist accommodation: they mean the test required for booking into tourist accommodation.

To me this reads as though those with existing bookings in regulated tourist accommodation – either hotels or legal apartment reservations – can be admitted. I see nothing to indicate that anyone staying in a private apartment, even their own, can come in unless they are registered residents. Having said that, as always, we must wait for the decree to be published in the BOC.

Updated 16 December: The Canarian Government has announced new restrictions for Tenerife because our numbers are not going down, quite the reverse, even with an 11pm curfew and reducing groups to four. The Government said that the largest daily accumulation of cases has occurred this month, with 214 cases per 100,000 yesterday. Santa Cruz and La Laguna are the worst affected municipios, as we know, and actually count among the ten cities with the worst figures in the last fortnight throughout the whole country, but as Tenerife President Pedro Martín said yesterday, the problem is everywhere in this island, not just the north, and certainly not just in the metropolitan area.

The restrictions, which come into force at midnight (24h) on Friday and will be in place for at least two weeks, won’t comprise a full lockdown but nonetheless set us back in measures in place earlier this year when the island was sealed off. People will only able to enter or leave Tenerife for permitted legitimate reasons – these include leaving or arriving to come home, doctors, work reasons, animal care, bank, official procedures, reasons of fuerza mayor or situation of need. Sadly for those who have booked holidays here from Friday onwards, their visits will no longer be possible.

The curfew will apply from 10pm rather than 11pm, and those hostelry establishments that can open will have capacity reduced inside, and food being only permitted as takeaways. Additional measures that customers will discover include commercial centre capacity reduced to one-third and their parking reduced to half. Indoor sports are suspended and only individual sport is permitted out of doors. No crowd events are allowed, fairs, dances, or markets, and increased restrictions will apply to centros de mayores and family visits to those in residential care. Buses and trams will have their capacity reduced, also, to 50%.  

The biggest effect, however, will be on Christmas get-togethers with Canarian residents advised to avoid moving between municipios but with an actual ban on gatherings involving more than two households. the maximum of that group being six in any case. These specific restrictions apply on 24, 25 and 31 December, and 1 January.

Updated 15 December: As I posted in the covid figures post yesterday, things are getting worse, and yesterday’s 10,906 cases for Tenerife have today gone over the 11,000 mark. It’s obvious they will need to do something more than the Special Measures, Further Restrictions and Extraordinary Restrictions that I’ve detailed HERE. None of it is working, and Tenerife President Pedro Martín has said today that the situation is worrying throughout the island, not just in the metropolitan area, and that he considers the main problem the unacceptable lack of public responsibility.

Whether we blame social irresponsibility, however, or lack of adequate enforcement or a combination of both, something clearly has to change, and it will because Sanidad has confirmed that a covid summit is being held today between the Canarian Government, the Tenerife Cabildo, and representatives of every Ayuntamiento in the island. In addition to this meeting to collate ideas and generate an action plan, the Canarian Government will hold another extraordinary Cabinet meeting tomorrow ahead of the usual Thursday meeting to decide on new measures which they hope will start to turn the tide. Many will inevitably think, however, that whatever measures they decide to impose must be accompanied by action to back them up. For once.  

Updated 11 December: It will surprise no-one that after Tenerife’s curfew was extended for a week to bring it into line with the other Extraordinary Measures, the island has been kept in Special Measures for another week, to be reviewed again on the 19th. So, we are in Special Measures, Further Restrictions, and Extraordinary Measures. Please see the section in bold at the top of the page for the restrictions as they affect us daily, and HERE for the nutshell version. For details about the outbreak generally in the Canaries please see HERE.

Updated 10 December: Tenerife’s curfew has been extended a week, the Canarian Government announced today after its regular Thursday Cabinet meeting. The curfew will now be reviewed together with the restrictions concerning groups, etc., which also came into force a week ago but which were originally in place for a fortnight. The decrees are in the 5 December update below, and the new decree extending the curfew will be published in the BOC tomorrow.

Updated 8 December: The situation of “federated sport” being banned under the latest Extraordinary Restrictions has come under fire from Tenerife’s politicians for “causing confusion” – and I can vouch for that confusion from my own mailbag. The CC-PNC (nationalist parties) group in the island Cabildo has criticized the “chaotic situation” that the rule has caused for sport in Tenerife. Group spokesperson Verónica Meseguer said that “there are inconsistencies in the measures that show a clear lack of planning that has damaged thousands of sportspeople and their clubs in Tenerife”. Meseguer said that she understood the measures were for health emergency safety reasons but insisted that they should be clear! “Such confusion has been caused”, she said, “that federated sportspeople aren’t allowed … but non-affiliated users are. In other words, they have criminalised federated members while allowing the non-federated free scope. This is absurd”.

Perhaps part of the absurdity is the lack of clear definitions here. Golf is a federated sport, confirmed by legal definition and, informally, to me by the police. There is even a Canarian Golf Federation of which most clubs here seem to be members. And yet golfers are questioning whether they can play and it seems that the answer could be yes or no, and that it might depend. On what exactly it might depend is clearly the definition that is lacking … and that really is absurd. I’ve approached the Canarian Golf Federation for a comment and will report back if anyone can provide any confirmed clarity.

Updated 5 December: The measures have been published in the BOC today, two publications because one measure HERE relates to the curfew in place for one week reviewable and strengthenable depending on developments, and the other HERE relates to the other restrictions, eg groups of four maximum, in place for two weeks currently. For much more detail, see the anexo to the pdf version of the measures HERE.

Updated 4 December: As feared, our figures are not improving and indeed have worsened, and so the regional Government has announced that after an unscheduled (extraordinary) Cabinet meeting today, more restrictive measures have been introduced for Tenerife. President Torres said that we are therefore under curfew from tomorrow between the hours of 11pm and 6am, clearing the streets again as we had earlier this year, the measure in place for one week but to be reviewed and possibly strengthened depending on developments.

Moreover, social and family groups are limited to four regardless of location, including beaches. In catering establishments diners may only eat at tables, not at bars, and all non-professional sporting activities are banned though gyms may remain open but only for a maximum of 15 people. All these measures other than the toque de queda (curfew) are in place currently for two weeks.

Essentially, Tenerife has voluntarily entered the estado de alarma that is already in place throughout the rest of Spain where a curfew is set between those hours. Torres said that Tenerife’s cumulative figures put the island in the high risk category, reaching the highest peak of the entire outbreak yesterday and the largest growth in cases in November with 2,530 infections.

Nonetheless, the regional authorities won’t confine people to their own municipios, at least at present, and Tenerife remains in the red traffic light for the semaphore which means we remain in Special Measures, but the President calls on the public to behave itself because, he said, “you can’t cheat the virus into stopping spreading” by tricking the security forces, and with Christmas approaching we have a perfect breeding ground for it.

The new regulations should be published tomorrow in the BOC. We were advised, told, warned, chastised, and begged … nothing worked, and so here we are. 

Updated 27 November: As we might have expected after yesterday’s announcement that Further Restrictions continue to apply in Tenerife until 10 December, it has been confirmed that the island will remain in Special Measures until the same date. The imposition of Special Measures had been due for revision today and was in place unti the 4th. Whether Special Measures and Further Restrictions will continue beyond that is, the authorities say, down to us. The official publication of the extension is HERE, the document as usual containing a detailed breakdown of figures.

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.

88 Comments

  1. When I asked about things being political etc I was referring to the apparent lack of will by ALL of the police to enforce the rules as they did at the start of lockdown. It can’t all be left to the Police Local, there just aren’t enough of them!
    I am well aware that history plays a part and also that it constantly repeats itself. I hope 2020 won’t repeat itself ever again though.

  2. How will the new restrictions affect hotels? So if you are due to arrive in Tenerife in the next 2 days, will the booking still stand and will the hotel be able to run as before after the 18th?

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    No-one is allowed in after midnight on Friday. Anyone in before midnight on Friday must bring a test and abide by the restrictions in place as described quite clearly above. Sadly this will be 10pm curfews, no eating out, no discos, nightlife, late bars, indoors by 10pm …

    As expressed very loudly here for a while and by the UK Government in recent days, anyone booking a holiday to a highi risk area in a global pandemic, and indeed coming from a high risk country, can expect disruption.

  4. Mencey – How dare you claim Trumpet and Johnson are ‘criminally negligent’ – the words you want for those two total idiots are ‘CRIMINALLY INSANE’. To think they are running (allegedly) two major nations! God help us mere mortals!!!!

  5. Dear Reader, if you stray beyond the confines of this excellent site, where information can be trusted, you will find a blizzard of misinterpretation and confusion about Tenerife’s new restrictions. Governments struggle to say this, because it makes them unpopular with their constituents and many industries and markets, but the message is clear. Don’t travel. Don’t gather in groups. Socially distance. Wear a mask. Stay at home. This will end. We have vaccines, but until we are all inoculated, stay safe.

  6. If the relative number of deaths resulting from the handling of the covid situation is to be the criterion for the classification of the criminally insane, you must also include Messrs Sanchez, Conte and Mme Wilmes (replaced Oct 2020) in the same category.

    Deaths per million of population

    Belgium. 1574
    Italy. 1101
    Spain. 1039
    UK. 963
    USA. 948

  7. Mencey and Theresa
    Whilst I cannot agree with your comments about Boris J surely such personal comments are not in the spirit of what this site is all about
    I hope Janet will filter out such comments in future and condemn those who in making them since this site is not the place for them
    Janet has worked hard to make this an information and useful site for residents and visitors and whilst Covid has understandably dominated this site for months there is a lot more to the island that site viewers like to read and hear about

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    The comments I made were in a context of relative abilities of country leaders dealing with Covid, not a personal rant to voice an unsolicited opinion. My comments about Johnson and Trump are hardly unusual, given their denial of the necessity to act quickly against covid. I am intrigued that you know what this site is all about and claim that my opinion has no place here, because Janet does regularly filter out comments which she deems inappropriate, and it is entirely up to her to decide what the site is about, not you. I do agree that there is a lot more than covid to be discussed here, but when the site is literally inundated by questions related to covid, it is virtually impossible to change the direction. Note also that the vast majority of the queries come from visitors or would-be visitors, whilst the main thrust of the site is providing a service for people living in Tenerife.

  9. Everybody holds a personal view regarding the fight against covid and the perceived inactions of individual politicions. No doubt driven by individual perceptions and bias. My belive is that these should remain personal, or would be better placed on the likes of facebook, rather than disseminated here.

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    Right, enough about Boris Johnson. Here we have seven dead in the last three days, and our own island premier now has covid himself. In this sense, regardless of any and all political predilections, we really are all in it together. I’ll just be happy for the day to come when we’ll all be safe, not just feel safe, but actually really be safe in getting together to argue it all out in person. By then at least Johnson might have got a decent hair cut, whatever else might be the case!

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    So, the two new decrees published today restricts visitors arriving in Tenerife from somewhere outside Spain to EITHER those with a good specific reason OR those with a booking in registered tourist accommodation. This means they discriminate between foreign arrivals with and without that booking, and I’m not at all sure that the President of the Canaries has the legal power to do that. It is on the same level as the declaration that an antigen test would be acceptable, and Spain’s constitutional court dismissed that. All very difficult, and not much we can do about it.

  12. I am in Barcelona and am travelling to tenerife on Wednesday, I have called lots of PCR testing clinics and none have appointments on Monday or Tuesday. They’re all closed at the weekend. I’ve tried the ones that the canarian government said to use ad have the certificate for them to pay but when I say that to a clinic they say they are full. I’ve tried to pay and still can’t get an appointment. Is it true I can do it on arrival in tenerife as have 72 hours to as a resident of tenerife?

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    As I understand it, anyone who is legally allowed in who turns up without a test as required is given one here BUT is also given a fine, I’m afraid.

  14. Thank you for the reply Janet. I asked the guardia but they said to ask the airline, which i did, but they said they didn’t know. Maybe I will be staying here then.

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    It’s fine for the mainland for those who are allowed into Tenerife because it’s within national territory. You’re resident Catherine aren’t you? You can come in assuming you have your registration docs with you … and the test! 🙂

  16. I hate to ask but what about friends of ours who are owners of a villa here and planned to come here for Xmas and New Year, I take it that is a “no” then?

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    sadly, no, Mary, unless they happen to have registered … I know many non-residents have done because they get “advantages”. Anyone with a Registro or TIE can come in, or with a booking in an hotel or aparthotel with a reception that can check their negative covid tests.

  18. Yes I have My TIE card with me as I used it to fly etc. Just need to find somewhere with an appointment for the test! Thanks x

  19. Travellers arriving at the airport in Tenerife actually have their covid test status checked on arrival. I deduce this because it has been reported elsewhere today that 70% of the arrivals from the mainland had the correct certificates. It would also be ridiculous if checking at the airport was not to be the case. However it appears that certain tourists may enter only because they can avail themselves of a second check of their covid status at either a hotel reception or properly registered tourist establishment. Apparently private non resident property owners cannot enter Tenerife because, although their covid status should have been checked already at the airport, there is no facility for someone to check their covid status a second time at their villa or apartment. It begs the question what was the point of the check at the airport? This is absurd. It would appear that whoever makes these rules up thinks that only short term tourist visitors contribute to the economy. How many second home owners must there be in Tenerife and how much have they contributed to the economy via rates, taxes, standing charges on water, electricity etc even though they are not there? I know my annual contribution is far in excess of a two week stay in 5 * hotel.

    I realise Janet that these are not questions for you to answer, but there are many thousands of second home owners in Tenerife whose interests and contribution to Tenerife are just being discounted at the moment for specious reasons. This is a dangerous attitude to adopt.

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    FWIW, snowy, I agree. 😉

  21. Thank you Janet for all the helpful updates. I’m beyond gutted that as a non resident property owner I can’t fly out as planned next week, angry and devastated. Rant over… Sorry!

  22. I have to say I am at a loss as to what it is hoped to achieve by ‘closing’ the border while still allowing entry to tourists. I read in the U.K. media that 60,000 tourists were expected to arrive during the next two weeks, although I’m unsure whether that figure was for the whole of the Canaries or for Tenerife only. How will this combat the spread of the virus? It is true that the test certificate will be produced at the border and the hotel but that was the case before these new measures were enacted. I also wonder how these measures will be policed at the airport? I have no intention whatsoever of travelling during the pandemic but was interested in Mencey’s comments regarding apparent discrimination in respect of different categories of person seeking entry. I am a non-resident second home owner and with a mother in her 90s I wouldn’t consider becoming resident. I have to say that I have never considered myself a tourist and while realising that I am still domiciled in Scotland I do feel a tiny bit of a Tinerfena. However those of us in my category often feel in no man’s land and that was certainly so during the post Brexit period and the negotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement. Obviously the Citizens’ Rights of those full time residents from the U.K. properly took priority. However I do feel that the interests of my group were wholly overlooked. I don’t mean merely my financial rights or my right to enjoy an asset which I invested in as a European citizen within the EU. I have always considered myself to be a European citizen and was proud to be so. I will remain so in spirit if not in law. There is an underdeveloped area of Human Rights Law dealing with Economic and Social Rights and I definitely believe those aspects have been overlooked on this road to Brexit. We have invested emotionally and socially in Tenerife, as well as financially, and sometimes, as far as our status is concerned, I feel as if we’re ghosts. As stated, I have no intention to travel and don’t classify myself as a tourist. However, it does grate a bit that if I were to book a package deal I could have my PCR test and enter Tenerife whereas if I were minded to do so I couldn’t come to my own home. I can think of several ways of getting around this but as someone who is keen on the rule of law I will not air such ideas here.

  23. Thanks for your reply Janet. By “registered” I take it you mean their villa being registered with the authorities_ They never let it out but if there are “advantages” I will suggest they look into it lol. Now cancelled their trip until the restrictions ease and cases reduce.
    A very happy, peaceful and quiet Christmas to you, with many thanks for ofttimes saving my sanity during this dreadful year.

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    no no, that wouldn’t make a difference, I meant registered as residents … I know some non-residents do to get the discounts. As to Christmas, very much the same to you and Kris, who I hope is still mending as hoped!

  25. Yes indeed he is. Sends his best regards. Cardiac test results improving slowly, lungs are so so, but again they took a battering. He is here, that is enough. We have only been together 4 years but I can-t imagine life without him. Well maybe sometimes, when either he is grumpy, or I am lol!! lol

  26. I agree with everything that Snowbird and Moira have written. There will surely be a backlash about this.

  27. I own a private Vivienda Vacacional. I will be meeting guests & checking their certificates. I will be registering guests with the guardia civil as part of the rules of VV .can I allow these guests to come or do I have to cancel & say hotels with a reception only

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    As Janet updated last night, clarity is obviously needed about international arrivals not classified as tourists (which they obviously define as somebody booked into regulated accommodation). Janet has asked for clarification and will report back as soon as possible.

  29. Probably a silly question and more of a pondering really. An extension of my thoughts on the strange non-status of second home owners. If, other than for specified limited exceptions, residents can’t leave but tourists can exit the island to return home, what of non-resident second home owners? We’re not residents and now we’ve been told we’re not tourists either. So, if we’re not tourists does that mean any non-resident second home owner who arrived before today now cannot leave the island while the border is closed? If we’re not tourists for the purposes of coming in, then surely we don’t suddenly become tourists for the purposes of leaving? Or perhaps we do!? It’s like something out of Catch 22 …

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    As already said, I am seeking clarification. They have made it so that international tourists may enter with proof of booking plus a negative test plus the passenger locator form. They say that “national” arrivals are restricted only to those with justifiable reasons (which seems to include non-resident arrivals provided they’re visiting family resident here) … but that leaves a whole group of international arrivals without any definition if they’re not booked into tourist accommodation. If they are allowed in, as appears to be the case, then the international tourists are being discriminated against because they are international arrivals who are required to produce extra proof of reason in the form of their booking. What’s to distinguish them from a second home owner who might be able just to walk through arrivals? And if they can’t just walk through, what proof are they required to bring?!

    I’ve asked for clarification on both non-tourist international visitors AND those who are genuinely tourists staying in regulated accommodation but where there’s no means of checking their test results … ie vivienda vacacional tourists. If and when I get an answer I’ll post it but I fall back on the fact that this is not a travel website and my main concern is restrictions “In Tenerife”.

  31. A camel is a horse designed by a committee it would appear 😉

  32. As I have said before, when you’re walking on the ice cream at 5 ounces a toaster, and your bicycle loses a sock, how much gravy does it take to repaint you hamster.
    The answer appears to be “Dinero y votas”

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    My explanation of the confusion is as follows: Torres simply does not have the authority to close international borders, only Madrid can do that. What he has done is to satisfy the demands of his friends in Ashotel by allowing their clients to enter albeit with strict conditions. He deliberately does not mention other tourists or people who own property here but are not resident, simply because he has no authority to stop them arriving. What he can do, and has done, is to create an uncertainty which will put a lot of people off coming. But he does not care about them because they do not contribute to the economy of the established hotel trade, which is all the people in power actually care about.

  34. Totally agree with Mecey. As I understand it constitutionally I doubt he (Torres) has the authority to close the borders. Maybe if Tenerife moves to a fill lockdown then maybe yes but not currently. I’m due to arrive 2nd Jan as a second home owner will have my niece and and my IBI receipt as proof of ownership.

  35. Hi so if you arrived yesterday or before it’s ok to stay with family? The rule of staying in registered tourist accommodation only applies to someone arriving as of today for the next 15 days…

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    Rules came into force at midnight last night.

  37. Thank you Mencey for you clear words. Could not agree more. The only 2 words which come to my mind are ,que verguenza,.
    It is without any doubt that the numbers in Tenerife are not good. But we know this now for many weeks and nothing has happened. There is zero enforcement of the rules. I have not seen the police since June and I live in an area without many tourists. Before Covid they were walking along the streets and talking to people, shop and restaurants owners.
    As far as I am concerned this government has lost all credibility.
    Somebody should explain the words ,transparency, and ,responsibility, to them.
    Sorry for the rant, I love these islands and its people and the Canary Islands have become my second home.
    With my best wishes for a peaceful and healthy Christmas.
    Ruth

  38. I think you have hit the nail on the head Mencey.

    One good spin off from this difficult situation is that there is nowhere near as much “illegal” holiday letting going on in our residential complex. Ashotel appears to be taking advantage of the virus to minimise illegal letting competition.

  39. Sitting here now, watching the UK PM explain the need to introduce a Tier 4 and how a new varient of this deadly virus has evolved to spread more rapidly, it is (in my humble opinion) of utmost stupidity that our lawmakers here in these islands are not shutting the borders to international travel. It is also (again in my humble position) gobsmackingly stupid for any individual to consider any international and/or national travel at this crucial stage.

    As the scientific advisor has just said on the UK PM’s broadcast regarding how the spread of the virus can be reduced: “the answer is simple REDUCE CONTACT WITH OTHERS.”

  40. The latest publication from the Canarian Tourism Office uses a very interesting choice of wording.
    It only seems to talk about ‘tourists’ yet doesn’t actually specify what they classify as a tourist!
    As Janet says, where do people who own property here but don’t reside here fit in, are they tourists? Can we have family over from the UK to stay with us in our homes?
    You have to wonder why these publications are so ambiguous when we are crying out for clarity.
    With the best will in the world, we can’t follow rules if we don’t understand them.

  41. Ray you are right yet again. Which bit of “stay at home” are people having difficulty with”?
    It just beggars belief how entitled and selfish people can be.

  42. For those crying out for clarity Lee, here it is: don’t travel, don’t mix with others, stay at home.

    We only have one life but Christmas will remain and will be enjoyed again in future years.

  43. A few of us have commented on that lack of clarity Lee. I think you will have the answer if you refer to Mencey’s last post on this thread.

  44. I don’t think it matters wether you call them tourists or not as it seems like anyone who has arrived here with a negative Covid test thinks they are exempt from wearing a mask. I have just driven along the Golden Mile in Las Americas all the way along the beach side road up to the San Eugenio /Porto Colon roundabout and back. Not one police officer or Guardia Civil seen, but plenty of quite obvious tourists either not wearing a mask or using it as a chin warmer. If this is what we as responsible residents are going to have to put up with for 15 days God help us.
    These are the people who are going to put us in total lockdown. They are selfish and only here to have a holiday with no regards for the people who have to live here. If any of you so called tourists read this site please for the sake of everyone
    WEAR A MASK AND WEAR IT PROPERLY.

  45. I agree with Mark.
    I counted nearly 50 flights arriving at Tenerife South today and was walking round Adeje and El duque this pm there were many hundreds of tourists on beaches in cafes and walking on promenade.
    On route home through San Eugenia this evening you would not know that we were in the middle of a pandemic.
    I thought they were greatly cutting back on tourists arriving on the island and must say I feel a lot less safe than I have done for the last two weeks,

  46. Was there any change if it comes to the group limit? It says that groups of all kinds for all purposes are limited to 4, but previously there was an additional note that children of 6 years of age and younger are not included.

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    As you say, it was there previously but has disappeared. My reading is that, technically, they are no longer excluded, but I’d put money on it that they are, and that it’s an error in the decree.

  48. It’s all a bit of a mess. People are people, we are stuck with it unfortunately. Trust that people really understand, and that they care, but I am sorry but I have little confidence in that; so, all we have left is the need for clarity, and decisive enforcement…will we get either?
    Dennis

  49. It’s possible that these idiots could get ‘stuck’ here then they’ll start blaiming the UK Government for not getting them back home. After all, it’s always good to lay blame at the governments door when it’s the idiots themselves at fault.

    A designed error within the decree no doubt Janet. Our lawmakers here have demonstrated that they are not fit for purpose.

  50. Sounds harsh but all we can do is steer clear of the tourist areas and the tourists and let them just infect themselves. There are bound to be some who had the virus but it was too early for it to show up on the PCR test, or have picked it up in the 72 hours afterwards. I just feel desperately sorry for our residents who have no choice but to work and run the risks dealing with these people. A third wave is rampart, cases are surging and we have people here who put having a holiday above their own and everyone else’s safety.
    Before the haters start, I KNOW we need to get the island’s economy going again but just not yet. This will never end if we don’t keep away from other people until the vaccine kicks in, it’s that simple.

  51. Nation states are understandably banning the entry of Brits and stopping flights but the lawmakers here welcome them in. Maybe they get a very lucrative ‘incentive’ from the tourisim lobby. Who knows.

  52. Yesterday walking back from Trebol (about 10/15 mins walk) I passed a few groups of people – first a group of our migrant friends (God aren’t they are tall?) not quite distancing but all masked correctly) next Spanish wearing masks on their wrists and everywhere but nose and mouth, then (I believe) Russians wearing chin warmers and then Brits no masks, no attempt at distancing and one coughing and spitting on the pavement. It’s not only the tourists behaving so dangerously but it makes you feel ashamed of fellow humans. I’ll only venture out into our carpark to feed my feline friends down there and keep away with people as far as I can.
    Feliz navidad and roll on 2021 – let us all hope it’s better than 2020 (it can’t be worse OR CAN IT?)

  53. Yes Ray it makes no sense unless, as you say, there is an “incentive”.
    50. More flights due in today and lots of them from uk.

  54. I see the Brits are also partying in La Laguna Ray. They do get around don’t they. The police had to break up 30 incidents there yesterday, including many private house parties.

    We all know we are in a very difficult situation but the continual diatribe against the Brits is becoming tedious.

  55. Your correct Theresa. It’s not just Brit tourists. I just wish people would comply.

  56. That is horrifying Theresa, and I don’t blame you for keeping clear of people if you live in such an area. I am so thankful to live in a rural Spanish area where every one of our neighbours has complied with all the rules with good grace and a “it is what it is” attitude right from the start. We do venture to the coast on occasion but not the tourist coastal bits. Felz Navidad to you too

  57. Janet, why didn’t you mention that besides RT-PCR / TMA tests Spanish government allows RT-LAMP tests as well, which are cheaper than PCR and quite available ?

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    Janet says HERE

    “test technology is constantly developing and those acknowledged by the EU will be accepted by Spain – the legislation allows for PCR, TMA “and equivalents” as approved by the EU. I do not intend to update this post every time there is a change of technology or acceptance: travellers will need to check for themselves the tests available in their country and confirm that they are permitted for entry to Spain at their point of travel.”

    Note that this is not a travel website, so there is absolutely no reason for Janet to go into more detail.

  59. I think it is completely wrong that Janet didn’t mention the, obviously important, fact that the 1205 bus from Santa Cruz had 4 new tyres! 😂
    Hells Bells my Lady, you do get the blame for some weird shit!

  60. Whilst we are not yet residents and not knowing every munisipio’s specific location the overview of Covid cases shown in tabla 2. Incidencia por municipio de residencia , apart from Arona the increase in cases seem to be populated less touristic areas?
    Not sure if this is an accurate interpretation but very recent separate mails from two hotel Director friends express dismay at lack of mask wearing when they go to the supermarket
    Hopefully your travel ban will help and you will get your full lockdown soon as until the vaccine is readily available there is no other way forward and you all must be so frustrated at the lack of actions by your politicians

  61. Every supermarket that I have used has always maitained total enforcement of mask wearing. Maybe the smaller corner shop types do not but I can’t comment on that because I don’t use them. The only negative thing I noticed is a slip in social distancing by individuals within supermarkets.

  62. Hi Janet, I am here on Port Royale for essential business. But unfortunately had a severe case of conjunctivitis which has resulted in the removal of my eye at Candelaria Hospital last week. My next appointment will be on 30th December. Under the new restrictions will I still be able to go from Los Cristianos to La Laguna.

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    I’m very sorry to hear about your eye, that is just terrible. You will be fine going to the hospital. Even if day time trips were not permitted, going to the doctor would be allowed, but as it is, there is no restriction on travel other than a curfew at night. We are admittedly advised not to leave our own municipios but that is a recommendation not a rule, and going to a medical appointment is an allowed exception anyway.

  64. I hope this isn’t a stupid question. Do bars which do not serve food come under the “hotel or restaurant-type hostelry” where people can meet with people they don’t live with (in groups of four)? If they do, I assume people can now not walk there together, or down the street together unless they all live together?
    Thanks

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    I don’t know, and it’s not a stupid question at all. I am baffled myself by the “no household mixing” while schools return to presencial teaching tomorrow! What’s the point?! Either there is an isolation-based policy or a mixing one, it can’t be both! I do think, though, that bars and restaurants have a particular designation, usually shown on a plaque they’re provided with as part of their licensing documentation. Some of these say R, which presumably is restauración … . It would be great if any bar or restaurant owners reading this could clarify! But the walking together, I think not, because the rule is groups of 4 max at tables, and in all other circumstances only with those from the same household.

  66. I’m glad someone else is as baffled as me. Assuming that you can’t mix this must also mean you cannot have people from a different household in your car either.

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    I don’t know! This, to me, is precisely the problem with piecemeal legislation. Why not have a bloody rule, and then enforce the damn thing, once and for all. This practice, here and everywhere else it seems (other than NZ and a few other enlightened places), is firefighting … we pass a law, it doesn’t work because people are people and it’s not enforced, so instead of enforcement, we pass another law. And so on, and on, until no-one knows what the rules are!

    There is no rule that I can see that would prevent people from different households, if masked, going together in private transport. It’s not a “meeting” …

  68. Whilst we have stricter rules and lockdowns in the UK the latest news is of people having learnt to bend the rules
    Enforcement is lacking ( ignore the Derbyshire incident) as you are also experiencing on the Island as we noticed during our 3 week visit in September and we don’t have the mixed government messages Janet has mentioned
    Now that winter tourism is virtually dead we can’t understand why Tenerife is not on a full lockdown
    We’ve cancelled our February visit obviously and will not come in April , delaying our long term move even longer, if we do see some evidence of the island’s government getting a proper hold of the situation
    It must frustrate residents beyond belief?

  69. For info, the rule about not receiving people in your own home was part of the regulations set before Christmas. Exceptions were made for Christmas/NewYear/Reyes but this was fully reported in the local news (El Dia) on , I think 19th December, and is in the original BOC. To be clear since 19th December it has ONLY been legal to meet (a maximum) of two other people on the outside terraces of bars and restaurants and NOT at home.

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    I’d forgotten that this was the case before Christmas, and so have edited above … and you don’t need to look for El Dia on the 19th because it was fully reported in my own updates on 18 Dec which include BOC links.

    This is precisely the problem with such “firefighting” legislation. People forget, get confuddled … . It should be clear. And simple. And enforced.

  71. Totally agree your views and comments Janet. The piecemeal legislation and seemingly constant revisions are confusing for us plebs, but we are wonderfully aided by your as usual supreme wisdom, dedication and industry.
    For me, and I presume most of us, these knee-jerk reactions can lead to disproportionate outcomes which then can cause lack of compliance.
    The rule of house meetings limited 4 persons from 2 households was, for me, a proportionate response. Changing that to those NOT now being allowed may isolate people (especially single and aged people) into boredom or loneliness.
    Thank you

  72. Hi Janet we got in a taxi the other day to be told he could not take 4 people as it was now Spanish law that you could not sit in the front of a taxi so we had to take two taxis I have not seen this published anywhere and was wondering is this something the taxi drivers have decided or is this Spanish law

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    The rule is that in public transport cars (ie taxis) of up to nine places including the driver, two people can go in each row of seats except for the front seat next to the driver, so the taxi driver was right. The rules are HERE. It’s not a new Spanish law but a Canarian Government law as part of the covid health emergency measures.

  74. I also think we will be back in level 2 and i am not in the least surprised with what I have seen on social media about house parties (even with people I know), bars in hideaway places ignoring the capacity limits etc, and they can’t have a police officer on every corner. And all this is without the flouting of the new restrictions during carnival time, which, by the way is happening a lot in the south too. I just hope the expected spike is not too horrendous.

  75. Apologies, forgot to add, the overall figures over recent days have only been falling because many more people have recovered than have tested positive with new infections. It can take weeks for everyone involved in an “outbreak” is finally signed off. The picture will be very different very shortly I fear, Thankfully, from what i have read, the government and Sanidad are aware of this too, and will no doubt factor it in when making their decisions.

  76. I’d be interested to know how the British variant of Covid-19 has found its way to Tenerife.
    As our borders have been effectively shut for several weeks now, and those residents that do come in have to be tested, how on earth are these new variants travelling around?
    This is somewhat a rhetorical question, however if anybody can provide an explanation I would love to know.

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    I suspect these have actually been around for a while now, but one easy answer to imagine is that it might have been brought here by a TF resident who went back to the UK for Christmas and brought it back when they came home.

  78. The South African mutant Covid strain has spread to Essex and led to surge testing being launched in a new postcode after a single case was found. This is today’s news so not sure where we go from here if 30% of the uk’s population have been vaccinated and one case is causing concern. Any suggestions ?

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    Well, it might be an interesting question, but quite honestly not really appropriate for this site. We simply cannot branch out into issues which have nothing directly or indirectly relating to Tenerife. You could argue that is relevant, but we have to draw the line somewhere. I hope I have remained polite.

  80. Not a problem Mencey. The world will be now watching as Israel has reopened its economy having vaccinated 50% of their population to see if we can find a way out this pandemic and if it works we can hopefully get back to some sort of normal in the latter half of 2021 in Tenerife .

  81. Nigel what’s ‘normal’ – after almost a year of wearing a mask, rubber gloves and a mini hand sanitiser in my pocket when leaving home, also avoiding people as much I can, that’s become my normal now. what was life like before all this? We can but hope vaccination will perhaps lead us ‘out of the dark’. At least here we’ve got decent weather and we’re not really restricted too much in what we can do!!

  82. Whilst Covid has delayed our permanent move to the island we would far rather be living on the island than in the UK for the past year
    Yes we have a vaccination programme that’s going well but we have had lockdowns too late and restrictions lifted too early (personal opinion ) which is why our cases spiralled last October
    Whist the UK debt is now 2100 billion your situation is no better in proportion?
    Your Government has more responded quickly to changes in infection rates as they have done today and we are pleased for residents for what seems quicker responses to changes in infection rates
    We all have idiots that ignore the rules and we both have problems in dealing with them and unlike you (Janet has clearly outlined your difficulties in this area) we have no excuse not to have done better
    This is not an anti British rant Ray as both of us here are proud of our ancestry just a personal observation that the Tenerife (and Spanish) Governments seem to be doing a good job working to return the island to the wonderful place it is
    Patience gets harder as the weeks and months go on for us all and one of the great things this site has done over the past year is to let people know they are not alone out there
    So thankyou Janet for your patience which no doubt has been challenged a few times since 3/20

  83. Israel? The UK? Baffled

  84. It coukd have come from anywhere within the Schengen area Lee. It’s now widespread outside of the UK. So possible source(s) are numerous.

  85. Theresa. I do so agree. We were only saying the other day how “normal” it seems to have added these things to our “leaving the house” checklist lol. House keys, car keys, phone, masks, handgel…”

  86. What I didn’t understand was the no live entertainment rule. The local police were stopping it in San Miguel & Santiago de Teide regions that I know of through personal experience but they were allowing it in Adeje. Is it a wonder people get confused? All we ask for is consistency.

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    As I said last week, it’s always seemed to me unfair to expect the local police forces to tackle this sort of very place-specific behaviour. They are often under-funded and under-resourced by the councils that employ them, rely on neighbourhood relationships that facilitate policing in many different and often invisible ways such as information gathering where confidentiality is paramount, and sometimes have personal or family relationships with the owners of the premises and areas they’re policing. This can create huge pressures and conflicts for them individually and is not something, in my opinion, that can or should be left to any municipio’s Policia Local.

    And that’s before you get to the fact that different councils see their responsibilities differently, some are better are communicating with their police forces than others … . This should not be down to councils to do, but if it is they need to be more effective and, yes, consistent too. That in turn, though, isn’t helped by laws saying live music is banned “if it encourages dancing or singing”. That is far too subjective a legal definition, so subjective in fact that it’s unpoliceable, by any force!

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