ALERT LEVELS: Lanzarote drops from 4 to 3, all others stay the same
Following the extra Governing Council meeting this afternoon with the Ministry of Health, the president of the Canary Islands government, Ángel Víctor Torres, has announced changes in levels for the islands, and alterations to several regulations within those levels.
The only change of level is for Lanzarote, who after several weeks of tough restrictions in Level 4, have been reduced to Level 3 due to the good evolution of their data, meaning that commercial businesses and bars and restaurants will be able to have terraces open til 10pm not 6pn, and groups of 4 will be allowed to meet, while the rest of the islands remain in the same levels as before.
This means that Tenerife and Gran Canaria continue at alert Level 2, and Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro at Level 1. This modification will take effect as soon as the traffic light is published on the website of the Ministry of Health.
In the case of Fuerteventura, their data will be watched closely over the next week, as although numbers and incidence rates have increased, there is no immediate pressure on hospitals, so their Level 1 status has been maintained.
Having said that, the Governing Council has also modified several measures referring to alert levels:
Primarily a curfew is now implemented at Level 1 from midnight until 6am, and bars and restaurants must be fully closed by that time, and people at their habitual residence, apart from those who qualify as exceptions.
This means that the islands at currently alert Level 1 (Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro) go from not having a curfew, to being restricted during 00:00h and 6:00h.
As well as this time adjustment for bars and restaurants, they have adjusted the number of people per group based on if they are outdoors or indoors for alert Levels 1 and 2, which will now be as follows:
- At alert Level 1, it will not be possible to exceed 75% of the authorized capacity in interior spaces.
- At alert Level 2, it will not be possible to exceed 75% of the authorized capacity in outdoor terraces and 50% in indoor spaces.
Also at alert Level 1, the attendance of the public to non-professional, professional and federated sporting events is authorized, without exceeding a maximum capacity of 50% and provided that distancing is guaranteed of at least 1.5 metres.
At alert Levels 2, 3 and 4, mass events may not be held subject to prior authorization.
In relation to events held in sports facilities that are not subject to prior authorization, at alert Level 1, 50% of the authorized public capacity will not be exceeded and the public may be accommodated by groups of stable coexistence of up to 4 people, guaranteeing the interpersonal safety distance of at least 2 metres between groups.
At alert Level 2, 25% of the authorized public capacity will not be exceeded, and the same requirements as in the previous section must be met.
At alert Levels 3 and 4, the attendance of the public is not allowed, except for the accompaniment of minors in outdoor facilities that have stands, where accompanying persons may be allowed (maximum of 2 people per minor) can occupy them up to a maximum of 15% of the capacity, maintaining all prevention and protection measures.
The practice of the federated professional sports activity and the federated one of national and international spheres, in training and competition, may be carried out individually or collectively, trying to maintain a safety distance of 2 metres whenever possible and up to a maximum of 25 people simultaneously. Men's first and second division football is considered to be professional sports.