Tenerife, the safest destination in the Canary Islands
In the last seven days the island has recorded a Covid-19 infection rate of 37.04 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is far lower than the rest of the archipelago’s rate
“Tenerife is the safest destination in the Canary Islands, with a situation regarding Covid-19 that is completely different from the rest of the Canaries and the Spanish mainland”. This was expressed by the President of the Government of Tenerife, Pedro Martín, who believes that it is important to exclude Tenerife from quarantine for Belgian nationals who are returning to their country from a visit to the island. He adds that “it is essential that they differentiate the health situation in Tenerife from that of the other islands”.
“We are delighted that Belgium is accommodating a different approach to Tenerife in terms of the Covid figures. Tenerife has therefore become the only island destination to which Belgium allows its nationals to travel”, he adds, and as such he is calling on the population “to maintain respect for health guidelines to prevent the spread of this wave of infections, because our tourism depends on this curve”.
The President understands that “we are making an effort to communicate overseas that on Tenerife the situation is different, with only 37.04 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. An important measure to contribute to this safe environment, after the initial failure of the EU to agree to do so throughout Europe, is to carry out tests on arrival, and for this reason the Local Government has agreed to provide funding in case of changes whereby they decide that tests will be done at the destination”.
The island is still green on the Canary Islands Government’s traffic light indicator for Covid-19, meaning that the special restrictions that have entered into force on those islands of the archipelago that are red do not apply to it. This traffic light indicator can be seen here: https://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/principal/coronavirus/semaforo/
The Canary Islands Government has also activated an insurance policy for those tourists who, on holiday on the islands, may be affected by the disease. The details and what to do in such a case can be found (available in 14 languages) at https://www.holaislascanarias.com/coronavirus/.
Covid-19 preventive measures
The Canary Islands Government has updated measures against Covid-19 to prevent its spread. These are the most important points:
Mandatory use of face coverings
- In public spaces, which is to say on public roads, in open-air spaces and in any enclosed space for public use, or that is open to the public, while still maintaining a personal safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.
- In hospitality establishments and restaurants, bars and cafés. The only time when customers do not have to wear a mask is when they are consuming food or drink.
- In the workplace.
- In natural spaces or outdoors away from centres of population, you do not have to wear a mask whenever the flow of people allows the safety distance of at least 1.5 metres to be maintained.
- On beaches and at swimming pools you are not obliged to wear a mask when bathing or while staying in the same place, without moving, and provided that respect for the interpersonal safety distance between everyone else can be guaranteed. In any case, it will be obligatory to use a face covering when accessing, moving around and walking in these spaces and facilities.
- The owners of establishments, spaces and premises must ensure that their customers comply with these obligations.
- Correct use of masks is mandatory, meaning that they must completely cover the nose and mouth at all times. They should also be properly adjusted to the nose and chin to prevent any respiratory secretions being released into the environment.
- The use of masks in private spaces, both open and enclosed, is recommended when people from different households meet.
- It is recommended that all kinds of groups or meetings in private spaces of people who do not live together should be limited to a maximum of 10 people, even if the safe distance can be guaranteed.
General measures concerning safe capacities and distance
- Smoking, using tobacco inhalation devices, water pipes, shisha or other pipes is prohibited on public roads and in outdoor spaces, whenever it is not possible to ensure the maintenance of a 2 metre interpersonal safety distance.
Tables or groups of tables should be separated by a distance of 1.5 metres, as well as at the bar or between customers and groups. The maximum occupancy per table or group of tables, either inside or outside, is ten people.
Clubs and nightlife
Nightclubs, dance halls and bars with or without live music performances shall remain closed.
Hotels and restaurants
Establishments must respect a closing time of 1:00am at the latest, and new customers may not be admitted after midnight.
Conditions for certain establishments, activities and public performances
- The use of tobacco inhalation devices or similar is forbidden in all entertainment and leisure premises, hotels, restaurants and any other establishments open to the public.
- Economically active recreational and leisure boats may only open to the public using outdoor spaces with seating. In any case, a maximum capacity of 75% is permitted.