Updated 10 August: Arona Ayuntamiento says that after dozens of young people were moved on last Saturday night from partying outside the Veronicas for failing to comply with security measures the Council will strengthen controls in this area. Arona says that most of those identified were between 18 and 23 years old, and this is the age group that has led to large gatherings as nightlife venues gradually reopen throughout Tenerife.
Clearly public reaction, especially on social media, to Arona Policía Local’s distress and frustration has caused the Ayuntamiento to react speedily, and it now says that reinforcements will be available to control, undertake surveillance and deterrence in popular leisure areas to ensure compliance with health safety measures not just to contain the pandemic but to try to limit the economic damage that it is generating.
Original post 9 August: Despair and fury, frustration and an overwhelming sense of futility, are behind the police asking what the hell they are supposed to do, four of them, dealing with the crowd that gathered last night outside bars in the Veronicas strip. Four of us, they say, at least 500 of them. We could test them on arrival but we don’t, and we could make more of airport controls, but we don’t … and then people expect the police to have superpowers, and they don’t.
— AROPOL🚔 (@AROPOL) August 9, 2020
The police have all my sympathy faced with this type of situation. From my own mailbag it’s clear that many felt that Spain should not have reopened to tourism, but any Government has to have at least half an eye on the economy as well as public health. Others felt that it was ironic that it was the UK putting those returning from Spain into quarantine when Spain was running the risk of tourists bringing covid here. Both stances were derided …
And now the Golf del Sur has several establishments closed because a British golfing tourist has tested positive, and the effects of last night’s antics in the Veronicas are yet to be established. To be fair, it’s not just tourists that are the problem because over the past 72 hours police have broken up an illegal rave in a Güímar finca of Canarian youngsters and a party on a beach in La Orotava municipio which seems to have been an anti-vax-type attempt to spread Covid in some kind of deluded effort at creating herd immunity.
“Ahora que llamen a Batman. Ya no me quedan superpoderes” say the police (Now they call Batman, but I don’t have any superpowers left). Sadly, neither does the public …