Government gets stricter on entertainment in new restrictions
Yesterday the Governing Council decided to lower Tenerife from alert Level 2 (the amber traffic light) to alert Level 1 (the green traffic light), given the improvement in the incidence rate of the pandemic on the island, as explained by its spokesman, Julio Pérez, in a press conference after the meeting, and leave the other islands at their existing levels.
The exceptional measures for the Carnival period will also be applied on the island, which in addition to the 10pm curfew, means that all kinds of festivals, parties or similar events are prohibited at all alert levels during this period from now until 00:00 hours on February 22nd
Under previous restrictions, entertainment was only mentioned in the form of big events, nightlife (which remains closed), and anything that encourages audience participation such as karaoke.
Within today's definitive publication of the Boletin Oficial of the Canary Islands (BOC), number BOC-S-2021-030, it is more specific in the need to control those activities "that promote agglomerations" as much as possible in bars, restaurants, cafes and terraces.
It says that: "Any activities that promote crowds, not maintaining interpersonal safety distance or improper use of masks, such as holding parties, dances, karaoke, contests (carnival), concerts (live music), or background music (live or DJ) that encourages people to dance or sing are prohibited.”
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These restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus during Carnival period as was seen at Christmas, and are applicable to all islands at all alert levels without exception, and businesses are advised to consult their legal advisors before continuing with any activities, for confirmation either way.
In addition, the number of non-cohabitating people who can meet is limited (six, at alert levels 1 and 2, four at level 3, and two at level 4), and the early closure of hospitality businesses is at 10:00pm in all Canary Islands, except in Lanzarote, where they will continue to close at 6:00 pm.