The City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the municipality with the most active cases of Covid-19 in the Canary Islands, has reported this Saturday that it has already received 126 requests for extension or request for a terrace after the decree approved on Friday by the mayor of the city. José Manuel Bermúdez opened an exceptional procedure for the installation of tables and chairs on public roads for “those hospitality establishments affected by the decree of new restrictions due to the pandemic”, approved by the Government of the Canary Islands last Wednesday and that has entered into force this Saturday.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna are already among the large cities with the most cases of coronavirus throughout the country
There are currently 1,624 active cases of coronavirus in the capital of Tenerife, which at the beginning of the week was one of the ten large municipalities in Spain with the highest cumulative incidence of the disease in the last 14 days.
Despite this, the mayor of the city, of the Canary Coalition (CC), issued an exceptional decree this Friday to speed up the opening and expansion of terraces under the justification of “compensating for the serious losses that will cause the commercial fabric of the municipality ”Some of the restrictions imposed by the central government to contain the spread of the virus, such as the use of the interior of the restaurants.
That decision took place the same day that the Government of the Canary Islands published in the official gazette (BOC) the decree with the latest restriction measures on the island, which included the elimination of one of the limitations that it had announced, the prohibition to go to bars, terraces and restaurants with people who are not living together.
In a statement released this Saturday, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council points out that, of the 126 requests received until mid-afternoon, 59 correspond to proposals made to the City Council to establish these terraces in street parking lots, in a task that is coordinated the technicians from the municipal areas of Public Services, Urban Planning and Citizen Security, led by Guillermo Díaz Guerra, Carlos Tarife and Evelyn Alonso, respectively.
The nationalist mayor thanked the areas related to this procedure, the technicians and the political leaders, “the speed with which it has responded to a demand from the sector, which employs thousands of people in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, whose jobs are at risk from increasingly severe restrictions ”.
The City Council also recalls that it has implemented in recent weeks various measures to “try to mitigate the effects of restrictions in the hotel and restaurant sector” and gives as an example the decision adopted on October 9 to “allow the nightlife change activity to be able to offer other catering services during the day ”.