Updated 26 November: Tenerife’s Further Restrictions, which are running in addition to the Special Measures that also only apply to this island, have been extended. Originally they were in place until Friday 27 November but will now last until at least 10 December. The Canarian Government says that although Tenerife’s figures haven’t worsened significantly, they haven’t improved either despite the Special Measures and the Further Restrictions that have been in place so far. A reminder that the main restrictions are:
- restaurants, cafés, etc to close by 11pm
- groups and meetings limited to six
- sporting events without spectators
- greater capacity restrictions for cinemas, theatres, etc,
- capacity for beaches and markets restricted to 50%
- no smoking on outdoor terraces
(published HERE in the BOC 27 Nov)
Updated 13 November: The Government has published the new rules specifically for Tenerife which will apply in addition to the Special Measures we are in and which have today been extended to 27 November. The publication is HERE, and HERE are the full range of rules compiled from these Further Restrictions, the Special Measures, the New Normal, and the reinstated Spanish Estado de Alarma (currently not applied in Tenerife). The main effects from the Further Restrictions specifically, as seemed likely in what I posted previously below, are:
- restaurants, cafés, etc must close by 11pm
- groups and meetings limited to six
- no public audience in sporting events
- cinemas, theatres, etc, have increased capacity restrictions
- beaches and markets restricted to 50% capacity
- smoking banned on outdoor terraces – already was but again included in the measures
Specifically the Government says that they are not ruling out a curfew if these measures don’t work. To avoid this, the Government recommends that the public restricts its movement as much as possible, and that if things don’t improve, this will become a legal requirement.
Updated 12 November: The Canarian Government has announced further restrictions for Tenerife specifically in view of the rising numbers in this island. The full details will be published in the BOC tomorrow but mainly concern further reduced capacity for outdoor terraces, maximum table groups of six, and only two people at a bar at any time. Bars and restaurants will have to close by 11pm rather than midnight, and social and family gatherings will be limited to six instead of ten. The measures will be reviewed after a fortnight.
Updated 1pm, 9/11: Canarian president Ángel Torres has said that the situation in Tenerife, the only one of the Canaries remaining in special measures, will be discussed at Thursday’s cabinet meeting to see what specific measures can be taken to control the pandemic in this island where the main hotspots are located. Torres said that the Government would analyse the situation with ayuntamientos, the island Cabildo, and security forces … as he’s said before absolutely explicitly, it’s down to us, and if we want to avoid more restrictions we’d better start complying properly with the measures.
Original post 9 November: Sanidad (Canarias) has issued a specific request for help from eight municipios in Tenerife to monitor and enforce public responsibility given their covid figures. Sanidad says that the municipios where public irresponsibility is causing figures to climb “continuously and progressively” are Adeje, Arona, Granadilla, La Laguna, La Orotava, Los Realejos, Santa Cruz, and Tacoronte. These, the health department’s figures show, are the eight municipios in this island with the most active cases and the highest level of growth of cases. Sanidad has now explicitly and urgently called on the ayuntamientos of these municipios to ensure that the public comply with the rules, especially those concerning capacity restrictions, closing times, and mask wearing.