A little over a year ago, on many terraces in the Canaries it was easier to hear English or German than Spanish. A reference tourist destination for many Europeans, the islands received 1.2 million international tourists in February 2020. Before the pandemic broke out. Now “the panorama of the tourist municipalities is bleak, it looks like an apocalyptic movie with most of the hotels, shops and restaurants closed,” regrets Javier, the fictitious name of a hotel employee in Tenerife. In February of this year, the Canary Islands received 74,280 foreign tourists. Javier entered ERTE in March 2020 and is still affected by one of these temporary files, from which he only temporarily left for a couple of months in the summer. María, a cabin crew in Barcelona, not even that. He has been in ERTE for more than a year continuously. “And luckily they have approved the measure, I am very grateful. If not, I would already be unemployed and charging only 50%,” says the employee.
The Community of Madrid, the only region without specific aid for workers in ERTE