Mayor of Santa Cruz announces more controls and appeals to citizen responsibility to beat pandemic

2020/09/26 16:27:51 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, has announced more controls in the streets to minimize the incidence of the coronavirus, and has appealed for citizen responsibility so that residents exercise extreme precautions, as "We are risking the future of our city," he said.

On Friday night, the Government of the Canary Islands activated the so-called 'red traffic light' for the entire island, because the capital has exceeded the figure of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days.

This will be in force for at least 15 days and increases the restrictions regarding meetings and opening hours of hospitality businesses, as reported by the City Council.

Specifically, events or mass events will not be allowed, understanding as such, that those of more than 10 people (the celebration of ordinary scheduled cultural activity of a public nature is excepted); closing time is established at midnight in any food or drink establishment, without being able to admit new clients after 11pm, and non-occupational day centres will be closed.

Mayor Bermúdez also said that the Local Police has filed more than 500 sanctions in the last month for non-compliance with current health regulations, saying: "We cannot leave all the weight of control in the hands of our police force, who have been making a great effort for months to help control infections," adding that "as the City Council we will continue to increase control, but they will be of no use if all if the public is not aware of what we have at stake.”

The mayor also reported that Santa Cruz now has an unemployment rate of more than 25%, and emergency aid has doubled compared to last year.

"It is everyone's responsibility that these figures do not continue to increase," he said, "and for this it is vitally important that we abide by the rules imposed, and that we take extreme precautions."

Bermúdez announced that a social and economic recovery table will be set up as a forum for debate and proposals, so that all social agents and political parties can contribute to the return to socioeconomic normality in the municipality, "but that effort of dialogue and seeking consensus may be of no use if infections continue to increase in the city."