The Government of the Canary Islands sets up restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19

Information updated on January 11th

From 18 December 2020 to 24 January 2021, the Government of the Canary Islands has established the following limitations of movements and activities on the island of Tenerife:

Limitation of the maximum number of people not living together, in spaces of public and private use, closed or outdoors

Groups of people, both in public and private spaces, indoors or outdoors, will be limited to people living together, understood as those who reside under the same roof.

  • The permanence of groups of people both in spaces for public and private use, closed or outdoors, will be limited to people living together, understood as those who reside under the same roof. Likewise, those people residing in the Canary Islands who return to their family unit during the period of production of effects of this Decree will be considered cohabiting. This will not apply to the activities of hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes.

Limitation of the movement of people at night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m

Freedom of movement is restricted at night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, except for Christmas Eve when the restrictions start at 12.30, and New Year’s Eve, when the start of this limitation is delayed to 01.00 a.m., exclusively for returning to the habitual residence.

Exceptions to this restriction are for the essential activities included in article 5 of Royal Decree-Law 926/2020, of October 25, which declares the state of alarm to contain the spread of infections caused by SARS-CoV-2.

These activities are: the acquisition of medicines, sanitary products and other essential goods; assistance to health centres, services and establishments; assistance to veterinary care centres for emergency reasons; the fulfilment of labour, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations; return to the place of habitual residence after carrying out some of the planned activities; assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people; cause of force majeure or situation of need; any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited, or refuelling at petrol stations, when it is necessary to carry out the activities set forth in the preceding paragraphs.

Specific measures for hotels and restaurants

The interior areas of these establishments will remain closed, except those of health centres, those of work centres for the consumption of staff, and those of tourist accommodation establishments for the exclusive use of guests. Consumption at the bar and buffet or self-service is prohibited. The maximum capacity in these interior areas will be 33%.

The service of collecting food and beverages on the premises and home delivery is allowed, subject to the established time limits.

In the terraces or other outdoor spaces dependent on the establishment, it is forbidden to consume at the bar, the buffet or self-service service and smoking, as well as the performance of activities that encourage not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or not wearing masks, such as parties, dances, karaokes, etc.

You may not exceed 50% of the authorized capacity in outdoor terraces, with a distance of at least 2 meters between adjacent table chairs and with a maximum occupancy per table of 4 people living together.

Regarding large events, it is established that parties, festivals and other popular events that involve crowding of people or displacement of participants that cannot be controlled, such as parades in their classic format, parties and informal gatherings, may not be held.

Shops and shopping centres

In the case of shopping centers and parks, the capacity of the common areas will be limited to 33% of the authorized capacity, the use of recreational areas such as children’s areas, toy libraries or rest areas, which must remain closed, is prohibited.

In the case of shopping centers distributed over several floors, the above limitation must be met in each of them.

Furthermore, in shopping centers and parks, customers will not be allowed to stay in common areas, except for transit or waiting to access the establishments.

The necessary measures must be established to allow the maintenance of the interpersonal safety distance and the control of capacity both in the premises and establishments as well as in the common areas of shopping centers, and if necessary, the spaces for vehicle parking may be limited. Spaces for vehicle parking are limited to 50%.

A preferential service will be provided to people over 75 years of age, such as priority access, parking reservations, payment boxes or rest seats, which ensure said preference in care.

To avoid large crowds in streets and shopping centers, the Government recommends that the population organize their purchases in advance and orders that compliance with the interpersonal safety distance and the use of a mask be guaranteed at all times and in all spaces, both of the premises of sale as of the spaces of transit of the commercial centers and in the commercial streets.

Traditional religious celebrations

Traditional religious celebrations, such as the Misa del Gallo, may be celebrated at times within the limitation (from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) of circulation at night, although online or televised services are recommended as an alternative, as is pre-recorded music rather than singing; choirs being prohibited.

Likewise, physical displays of devotion or tradition (kisses, contact on images, sculptures) should be avoided, replacing them with others that do not imply a health risk.

Returning students and other residents

Both students and other Canarian residents who return to the Islands are recommended to limit social interactions the 10 days before the trip and take precautionary measures upon arrival.

The complete information issued by the Canary Islands Government can be checked at: https://www3.gobiernodecanarias.org/noticias/el-gobierno-limita-a-10-personas-las-reuniones-en-las-fechas-clave-de-navidad-y-a-6-en-el-resto-de-celebraciones/