139 penalties for breaching Covid measures over the weekend
State security forces have processed 137 fines and sanctions in the Canary Islands on the first weekend of the carnival festivities for not respecting the measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, according to a Ministry del Interior press release.
According to the data provided, 70 of the sanction proposals were processed in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and 69 in that of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, although there were no arrests in any of the islands for not respecting these measures.
The Government Delegation in the Canary Islands has reinforced police surveillance throughout the autonomous community during carnival week to ensure compliance with the rules established by the health authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections, during the so called ‘Carnival period’.
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The Governing Council decreed on Thursday, among other measures, to establish a curfew from 10pm to 6am from February 12th to 22nd on all islands, regardless of alert level, to limit group sizes, and prohibit activities that encourage groups of people to assemble and sing or dance, especially those that can easily lead to breach of social distancing and mandatory use of masks.
The concern is that private parties will be held during tomorrow’s bank holiday and this weekend, that will lead to a spike in cases and an unnecessary step backwards in the road to recovery. The extra restrictions finish in less than a week at midnight on Sunday night.