Nightlife can stay open till 4am, but staff and clients must present Covid certificate
Following yesterdays Governing Council meeting in which the alert level of Tenerife was lowered to level 2 and the current situation regarding the seismic activity in La Palma was addressed, an unexpected measure was announced which allows nightlife venues in Levels 1 and 2 to stay open until 4am and in Level 3 to 3am, with use of the Covid certificate.
This came about because the nightlife associations representing the islands, approached the Government and requested an extension of opening hours with use of the Covid certificate, even though it was only confirmed a couple of weeks ago that they could re-open.
This morning the confirmation of this agreement has been published in the Official Boletin of the Canary Islands (BOC) and comes into effect from tonight (Friday), meeting all the requests that the associations made, until October 31st.
Firstly, it is the decision of the nightclubs, discos and fun pubs (in Spain they call them Karaoke Bars but it is the type of licence, not every bar that does Karaoke) whether or not they choose to stay open until the later time with use of the Covid certificate, or stick to the 2am closing for hospitality (bars & restaurants) in general without the use of the Covid Certifcate.
It is important to remember at this point, that in the main cities of the islands that the associations represent, there are venues that only open at weekends where their staff may have other jobs and only work there 2 or 3 nights a week, so it is more than just the venues in tourist areas that they have to think about.
This is why they not only requested the requirement of the Covid certificate for clients, but also for everyone that works there, whether full time or part-time. This means that all staff at any nightlife venue in the Canary Islands, that chooses to stay open past 2am, must present proof of vaccination, or proof of having a Covid test in the last 48 hours (self-diagnosis test not applicable), or official proof of recovering from the virus within the last 180 days to work there.
As confirmed in the BOC, the government has agreed to impose the nightlife associations’ requests until 12pm on October 31st when they will be reviewed.
Here is the link to the official BOC if you’d like to see the decree: http://sede.gobcan.es/boc/boc-a-2021-192-4115.pdf