BREAKING: All islands stay at same alert level for another week
The Governing Council of the Canary Islands have decided to keep all islands at the sale alert level of restrictions after the extra measures for Easter finish at midnight tomorrow night, meaning that Tenerife and Gran Canaria stay at Level 3 for another week.
Following the Governing Council meeting, which was chaired by the president, Angel Victor Torres, the Government spokesperson Luis Perez made the announcement in a press conference, meaning that the alert levels for the islands are as follows:
Level 3: Tenerife
Level 3: Gran Canaria
Level 3: Fuerteventura
Level 2: Lanzarote
Level 2: La Graciosa
Level 1: La Palma
Level 1: La Gomera
Level 1: El Hierro
Perez said: “We have reviewed the need to take any new measures, but we have not taken any. With today's data, we have not seen arguments to introduce variations in the rules. As planned, the special Easter restrictions end tomorrow night and we return to the usual traffic light system," he clarified.
This announcement means that interiors of bars and restaurants will stay closed in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura for at least another week, with 50% of the terrace allowed to be used, with all social distancing measures in place, and only table service permitted.
The curfew will also be maintained at 10pm, as will group sizes of a maximum of 4 people, but Gyms are still allowed 33% capacity inside and also can have groups of 4, but masks must be worn at all times whilst training, as must maintaining a distance of two metres from other people.
Lanzarote return to Level 2 restrictions which means that their curfew time Is reset to 11pm and groups of 6 can meet, plus interiors of bars and restaurants can be used up to 50% of capacity (with social distancing in place), and 75% of their terraces. The allowing of food delivery until midnight remains at all alert levels.
Perez also said that the Government Council wants to know if the movements of people over Easter have had an impact on the epidemiological situation, but it is too early to make an assessment. He also commented that the situation is not the same in all the islands, so that in Tenerife the number of cases has decreased slightly, but the figures are not below what is desired, and in Gran Canaria "it seems" that the numbers are finally stabilizing after showing increases.
He explained that in the case of Gran Canaria, although in recent days the data has slightly decreased the accumulated incidence rates over 7 and 14 days, it is at a higher than average risk, so it is appropriate to wait a little to see if stabilization leads to a descent. In Fuerteventura the situation is improving but still not enough, and in the rest of the islands the data is lower.