The Government begins the judicial process for the mandatory Covid certificate


The Government of the Canary Islands today begins the process of judicial ratification before the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) to implement the mandatory Covid certificate in up to ten types of establishments, activities and facilities for public use in the islands governed by levels 3 and 4 of health alert as a preventive measure against the alarming spread of the sixth wave of coronavirus in the Canary Islands.

This was announced yesterday Antonio Olivera, vice-counselor of the Presidency, in his appearance after the extraordinary Governing Council held on the occasion of the proximity of the Christmas holidays and the regulations decreed before the "worrying evolution" of the pandemic. To this control measure is added, in addition, that of limiting meetings to a maximum of ten people, except cohabitants, exclusively in the private family environment, and only in the appointments of Christmas Eve and Christmas for the islands in levels 2 and 3 health alert.

On the other hand, in the public sphere, such as leisure or restaurant establishments, the maximum number of diners is restricted to six people, although the request for the Covid certificate allows to benefit from the measures established for a lower alert level and that, in these cases, it would raise the capacity allowed to eight diners.

In principle, these measures are limited to the celebrations of December 24 and 25, since those corresponding to other specified Christmas dates, such as December 31, January 1, 5 and 6, will be reviewed "week by week" and will be ruled based on the epidemiological situation in the Canary Islands. In this regard, Olivera pointed out that there will be "a daily and permanent monitoring of the pandemic but, above all, very close and very short-term of the evolution in the coming days at this time."

The measurements for the rest of the indicated Christmas dates will be reviewed "week by week"


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To this he added that the regional Executive remains in turn waiting for the "possible decisions" that may be agreed at the regional summit or conference of presidents scheduled tomorrow electronically between the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the leaders of different communities to address the consequences of the sixth wave "and strengthen co-governance and institutional cooperation."

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Regarding the establishment of the compulsory Covid certificate, this order will fall on people over 12 years and three months, as this spectrum has the guarantee of access to the complete vaccination schedule, in the islands in levels 3 and 4 who want to access to certain public establishments, activities or spaces, both publicly and privately owned.

Thus, the Covid certificate will be mandatory in hotel and restaurant establishments, whose opening license includes a minimum capacity of 30 people. Only dining rooms (not cafeterias) of regulated teaching centers are exempt from this measure with respect to students and teachers. It will also be required in nightlife, recreational and gambling establishments, also with a minimum capacity of 30 people, as well as in those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food is allowed.

The passport will be required in gyms, restaurants, nightlife, events or theaters, among others


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On the other hand, the Covid certificate will be required in music festivals, sporting events and public shows with a capacity of more than 500 people or, regardless of this figure, in which eating or drinking is allowed. At this point, Olivera clarified that this requirement will not be applicable for the Canarian derby between Tenerife and Las Palmas, since football and professional basketball are governed by "a specific and singular regulation."

Gyms and cultural spaces

In addition, the Covid certificate must be presented in order to access cultural activities in cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and similar venues with a capacity of at least 50 people, or without attending to said capacity if eating or drinking is authorized. Finally, it will also be mandatory in gyms and similar equipment; in health centers for visits to admitted patients or when patients are accompanied to consultations, diagnostic tests, cures or treatments, unless they are minors, people with disabilities or in conditions in which the exception fits at the discretion of the center's health personnel or establishment. This will also apply in residential establishments, social health or day centers.

However, once the judicial ratification has been resolved, the mandatory Covid certificate would enter into force as of its publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC) and the intention of the Government is for it to occur "as soon as possible."

Olivera on the possibility of a future increase in restrictions: "We could go further"


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For his part, the Deputy Minister of the Presidency has appealed to "responsibility" in family gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas and insists on "maintaining as much as possible" the basic rules of infection prevention (mask, interpersonal safety distance and sanitation), all Once he has suggested that, for added reassurance, "diagnostic tests be used before these encounters."

However, he has also highlighted the possibility of expanding this package of measures if the contagion curve does not bend during the end of the year and the beginning of next. "We could go further," he said, and appealed not only to the traffic light system as a measure to control and manage the pandemic, but also to the fact that the Canary Islands have "an administrative regulatory framework that would allow increasing restrictions."

Self-test sales record

Sales of antigen self-diagnosis tests marked the week of December 7 to 13 a historical maximum since they were supplied without a prescription in pharmacies, increasing 3.1% compared to the previous week and 32.7% over the peak reached in August, exceeding the available stock for the first time. Catalonia had the highest sales figure, with 278,797, followed by Andalusia (206,075), Madrid (195,491) and, in eighth place, the Canary Islands (38,134). Likewise, many citizens on the island of Gran Canaria suffered an agonizing wait yesterday to be able to carry out a PCR at the Gran Canaria Arena, one of the fast sampling points, due to the high demand and saturation of this service in full swing of the sixth wave of Covid-19.

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