The Canary Islands start Christmas restrictions until January 10th
Last night new restrictive measures for Christmas came into force in the Canary Islands, including a night-time curfew, although it is a different one than applied in Tenerife, and limitations for the number of people at the table for festive dinners.
Failure to comply with these measures will lead to sanctions, something in which the president of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, was forceful about yesterday, saying: “The irresponsible deserve to be sanctioned. You have to enforce the rules because most will comply at Christmas dinners and in the weeks ahead. We have to turn the numbers around.”
These are the new rules for Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro until January 10th:
The measures also limits circulation at night, meaning that you cannot leave the house between 1:00am and 6:00am, except for Christmas and New Years Eve when it is 1:30am (Tenerife is 10pm except for the 24th and 31st).
The curfew may be skipped for the acquisition of medicines, sanitary products and other essential goods. Also to go to health centres or services, or veterinary centres for emergencies. Or for the fulfilment of labour or institutional obligations, to return to the habitual residence, for the assistance and care of the elderly, minors, dependents or vulnerable people, and for reasons of force majeure or a situation of justified need.
Social and family gatherings:
The maximum number of people who can meet either in public or private spaces is six, unless they are cohabiting, that is, people who reside at the same address, which increases to ten.
At Christmas lunches and dinners, on December 24th, 25th and 31st and January 1st and 6th, it is extended to ten people, a figure that can be exceeded if they are living together. Minors between 0 and 6 years old do not count towards this number. (In Tenerife the maximum number of diners on these days is reduced to six, unless they are living together.)
In any case, it is recommended, in the words of the professor and member of the expert committee that advises the Canary Government Beatriz González, "not to flutter between groups that do not coexist.”
Hospitality and events:
Bars and restaurants must be closed before midnight on all nights, including Christmas and New Years Eve (10pm in Tenerife and interior areas cannot be used). The maximum occupancy per table is six people (four in Tenerife).
You cannot celebrate parties, festivals or any events that encourage large groups of people, interaction, or mixing with others, and there will be no Kings parades on January 5th.
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The religious celebrations linked to these dates, such as Midnight Mass, must be brought forward to comply with the curfew and it is recommended that the services be telematic. In any case, choirs are prohibited from participating and it is recommended to avoid physical displays of devotion or tradition such as kisses, contact with religious images, etc.