The strong and intense spread of the pandemic in the Canary Islands forced this Thursday, July 22, to increase alert levels in up to five islands. Starting Monday, alert levels will be set as follows: Alert 1 will be El Hierro; on alert 2, La Gomera Y Lanzarote; alert 3, Fuerteventura, Gran canaria Y La Palma; and on alert 4, Tenerife.
The Minister of Health of the Canarian Executive, Blas Trujillo, announced Thursday that permission has been requested from Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSCJ) authorization to limit mobility between 00:30 and 06:00 hours, and thus avoid crowds at that time. This measure will be applied in those islands that are in level 3 and 4, that is, if the TSJC accepts the arguments put forward by the Government of the Canary Islands as good, the curfew in Tenerife, the only island that, at the moment, is at level 3. The measure is still pending that the Justice authorizes or denies it.
On the islands on alert 3, those parks, squares, beaches or public spaces where it is anticipated that large bottles or large gatherings can be organized will be closed from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
There is limit, validated by the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands, for meetings of people both in public and private spaces: 10 people, on alert islands 1 (green traffic light); 6 people, on alert islands 2 (amber traffic light); four people, on islands on alert 3 (red traffic light); 2 people, on islands on alert 4 (brown traffic light). In all four cases, can you exceed that limit if the reunited are living together.
In the Commerce, the Capacity for retail businesses is 50%, in alert 1 (green traffic light), 33% in alert 2 (amber traffic lights) and 25% in alerts 3 and 4 (red and brown traffic lights). In shopping centers, the authorized capacity is 33% in alerts 1 and 2 (green and amber traffic lights) and 25% in alerts 3 and 4 (red and brown). Until July 8, the trade gauges in alert 3 were the same as in level 2; they have now been equaled to Alert 4.
In places of worship capacity is 75% on islands on alert 1 (green traffic light), 50% on alert 2 (yellow) and 33% on alerts 3 and 4 (red and brown).
In open-air funerals and wakes, a maximum of 20 people is authorized at all alert levels, which are reduced to 10 indoors.
In gyms and sports facilities indoors, the capacity is set at 75% alert 1 (green traffic light), 50% alert 2 (amber traffic light) and 33% alert 3 (red traffic light). Alert 4 activity prohibited (brown traffic light).
Sports competitions: public is allowed only on the islands on alert 1 (green traffic light), with a maximum capacity of 50%, and on the islands on alert 2 (amber traffic light), with 25%, as long as 1.5 meters of away and be seated.
Hospitality and commerce
The closing time limit established for the hospitality industry is 0.00 hours for the islands in alerts 1, 2 and 3. Initially, only customers were authorized inside bars and restaurants at alert levels 1 (green traffic light), with a maximum capacity of 75%, and 2 (amber), with 50%. However, after a TSJC car that suspended the restrictions on the hotel industry in Tenerife, the The government has allowed that in the islands in level 3 the hotel industry can serve in the interior with a maximum capacity of 40%, which can be increased to 50% if there are at least 10% of people vaccinated with the full schedule among the clients. For islands on alert 4, the same rules apply as for those of level 3, with the exception that they must close at 6:00 p.m.
Terraces, are authorized at all levels, with these limits: 100% capacity and 10 people per table (alert 1, green traffic light), 75% capacity and 6 people per table (alert 2, amber traffic light), 50% capacity and 4 diners per table (alerts 3 and 4, red and brown traffic lights).
Restaurants must keep a record of the customers who consume inside, with full name, ID, date and time of the service, to facilitate the follow-up of possible contacts with clients who test positive for covid-19.
The regulation of indoor dining rooms has an exception for hotels. Hotel dining rooms can be used at all alert levels, with these limits: 75% and a maximum of 10 people per table, on alert 1 (green); 50% and 6 people, on alert 2 (orange); and 33% and 4 people, on alerts 3 and 4 (red and brown).
Discos and nightlife venues can open in the Canary Islands until 2.00 in the morning, but only on the islands at alert level 1 (green traffic light), with these limits: 100% capacity and tables for up to 10 people on the terraces and 50% capacity and tables for up to 4 people inside. It is mandatory to keep a customer record, the consumption of drinks must always be done at the table and the dance floor cannot be used.
From this Thursday, it is forbidden to sell alcohol in shops from 8:00 p.m. on those islands with level 3 or 4.
There is no current perimeter closure, but the Government of the Canary Islands requires a PCR or an antigen test with a negative result carried out within 72 hours prior to all travelers arriving on any island from another point of Spain or from third countries. Those citizens who have already been vaccinated or have passed the COVID are exempt from presenting a negative diagnostic test.