Tenerife has now been in the ‘red zone’ for six months
Tenerife continues to be ‘stabilising’ the Covid situation on the island, but not ‘controlling’ it, as data clearly shows by staying as it is and not reducing at a rate that it should be. The island has now been in the ‘red zone’ for more than six months, which is having an incidence rate over 14 days (IA14) of more than 50, the level at which the UK, Germany, and now the whole of the EU use to determine whether travel is advised to a destination or not.
The last time Tenerife was below this threshold was on August 26th last year, when 48.5 cases were recorded, so in simple terms if the UK allowed travel now, if Germany lifted restrictions, tourists would not be allowed to come to the island, it would be for essential travel only.
It seems that we have not learned our lesson after the harsh restrictions over the Christmas period. On December 23rd the IA 14 was 248.60, which is why the extra restrictions were implemented, but this fell to 66.70, on February 13th, but just 18 days later (yesterday) the figure is touching a hundred at 98.30.
A large portion of the population on the island seem to think that the pandemic is over, many say ‘we served our lockdown last year’, many seem to think that distancing, sanitising and masks are a thing of the past. But it isn’t and they’re not.
If we all want tourism to restart, if we all want to get back to normality, if we all want people to be able to come here after May 17th... just think how you’d feel if the UK is allowed to open, but they can’t come here because we are the ones not taking it seriously, and let’s face it, on this occasion there’s no-one else to blame, there’s no-one else here!
All this also has a clear health impact, with 341 deaths on the island, and an economic impact, with a great loss of activity, in some cases 50%, innumerable companies closed and thousands of jobs lost, which will be even more when the ERTE linked to tourism ends. So, the choice is ours... one last big push?