Tenerife’s Further Restrictions extended to 10 December

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.


  1. I just give up then. We may as well go back into lockdown. That’s the only time we were all safe. What is the point of having top level meetings about it when there is no-one willing to take on the MINORITY of people, bar owners, and tourists who just disobey and deliberately, if social media is to be believed. It is just so unfair on the MAJORITY who have obeyed the rules and continue to do so. If there is no will to do it from the people who are supposed to enforce this (and I have every sympathy with their situation and the underfunding which is a scandal) something should be done and quickly. At the end of the day, this virus will be with us for many years, even with a vaccine, so the situation of people ignoring the rules and infecting others and numbers then rising will just be repeated over and over. I’m sorry but in my view ALL levels of police should be involved in dealing with this crisis whichis essentially a danger to the general public at large .

  2. Thanks for the answer Janet . At least we all know now so as to not ask again. It’s a very sad state of affairs when the police have given up.

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      There are, of course, the Policía Nacional and Guardia Civil, and they are the main police forces here but when it comes to local patrols, checking closing times, enforcing mask wearing, that’s normally a local police thing.

  3. The police seem to have disappeared from all areas including patrolling the walkways on their electric scooters.The odd local police ones we have seen in their cars drive pass everybody not wearing masks and seem reluctant to stop. Not sure what the policy is at the moment anymore.

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      My local police sources say that they just will not take on the responsibility. They say the councils that employ them do not fund their services properly, some have to supply their own uniforms at least in part, they have non-working computers, cars and bikes are sometimes even without ITVs, sometimes only three officers are on duty to deal with local policing responsibilities for a whole municipio. Imagine the three on duty the night the Veronicas went nuts … what about other parts of Arona? And what can three officers do when faced with 300 partying people refusing to disperse?

      There is a range of problems. The councils don’t invest properly in policing – this is partly or indeed primarily because they don’t have the funds unless they increase IBIs tenfold; the police themselves are too few and unsupported to be able to do their job properly; the Cabildos and regional Government place the responsibility on the councils whereas there is a whole largely unused Canarian Police Force, the subject of a great deal of controversy several years ago … where the hell is it?

      And ultimately, there are some who argue that needing to police at a level that is clearly not working shows that policing as such is not the answer because it relies on catching offenders … which means the onus is generally on the public to behave, and they have shown quite clearly that they cannot, indeed simply will not, act responsibly, that they want all the advantages and benefits and frills and frivolities of a liberal democratic system without a single glance at the duties and responsibilities required in return to maintain the system and avoid it collapsing into autocracy or anarchy.

      Ultimately, in my own opinion, it is down to us all. And what we are showing – or too many are – is that we are wilful, short-sighted, and utterly selfish. You can’t “police” that without throwing serious resources at it … whether human and uniformed, or legislative with restrictive measures like curfews. I know what I think they should do because the first isn’t working.

  4. This is what definitely needs to be addressed.
    Where are the Police and why have they stopped being so vigilante.
    It would make a massive difference to the rise of the infection rate if they reinforced their patrols around bars and restaurants all day.
    Legislation should be enacted to make hawking illegal throughout the island and the enforcement authorities should ensure that this is strictly adhered to..
    The authority MUST see and realise this so WHY don’t they act again.

  5. Sandra. You are right, but the police are very aware that the hawkers are breaking the law, even before Covid. The appearance of one police officer would send them all abandoning their wares and running in all directions, which solves the problem for that day. I have seen it so often in so many places. When we were finally allowed out after lockdown, there were police at the beaches, but not any more> there were police touring bars in the evenings, but not any more. It is fine to blame the population for the spread and say it is up to us to get the numbers down, but the vast majority of residents are sensible and obeying the rules. We need the continued police presence to deal with the minority of idiots who have no intention of doing so. I ask again, where are they_

  6. It appears that the authorities have relaxed their supervising and checking of places where people can socialise. The wearing of masks appears to have lapsed, unless you count under the chin as acceptable.
    Why on earth are so many hawkers allowed in bars restaurants and enclosed spaces, trying to sell their wares to the tourists, most of whom find their presence an intrusion and health hazard..
    This needs to be brought to the attention of the authorities and legislation should be put in place to terminate this activity permanently.

  7. I’ve seen a few reports today that the EU are considering a travel ban for any non residents across the EU so things could change for us anyway.

  8. Beware using the the site to monitor infections by municipality. I estimate that they only show 50% of new infections because the more serious cases are assigned to Santa Cruz.

    It’s in the small print:-
    “The table reflects the positives confirmed by laboratory test according to the municipality of the primary care centre to which the case is assigned for monitoring.”

  9. Porto Colon is a joke. Lots of visitors there, most have a mask, but on their wrist or under their chin and some just don’t bother at all. No-one checks them. The worst is the over capacity in the venues, particularly ad the afternoon or evening wears on and the alcohol flows. People walking around, standing together in the street outside and singing along, and the artistes mingling with the audience. Just no policing of it. Every venue should have frequent and regular spot checks or this is going to just get worse and worse

  10. Having seen the tourist behaviour of smoking at bar tables and walking around without masks and none existence of any police around the Porto Colon area in the last 6 weeks I’m not surprised the cases have increased. The whole area is also swamped with looky looky men with masks under their chins going round hundreds of different people and the people wonder why viruses spread. It’s not rocket science !!

  11. Ah yes, it was the first one I was after, very many thanks

  12. I use CanarianWeekly for updates Tony. I know that their data may not be exact or official but it’s certainly useful and does reflect trends. Also a damn sight easier to read.

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      Could also look HERE … my own daily update on figures from official sources. But for in depth figures, that website is the only source, really.

  13. Hi Janet, I know you’ve posted a link before showing the breakdown by ayuntamiento but I can’t find it.

    Might I bother you to post it in these comments and this time I’ll save it!

    Thank you

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      Think you mean THIS one, Tony … it’s the official stats site. It can be made to show any range of figures and breakdowns you need, including by municipio. If you mean a different one please do say and I’ll try to find whatever it is!

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