The Canary Islands Will Enter the New Normal on Sunday

Canary Islands

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Ángel Víctor Torres asks citizens for "caution and prevention" and expects an agreement with Health Department to carry out tests at destination.

The President of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, has announced this Friday that the autonomous community will enter the 'new normal' this Sunday with sanitary controls , temperature measurement for travellers, sworn statements, capacity limitations in some activities and without parties

At a press conference, he commented that the decree of measures will be published this Saturday in the Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands (BOC) and has insisted on the obligation of "caution and prevention" for each citizen in order to contain the contagiousness of Covid -19, in such a way that a distance of 1.5 meters must be set and mandatory use of a mask if this is not possible.

Regarding the control of travellers who come from the Peninsula, Europe or another continent , he has indicated that "the best formula is to do tests at origin" but, as it has been ruled out, an agreement with Foreign Health is being finalised that would open the door to do test at the destination with health justification, but never in a massive or indiscriminate way.

"We have powers in the Statute but they are shared decisions and any regrowth can take us backwards," Torres said, noting that several regional presidents also ask for tests at source and will "continue to fight" because "it is a feeling of all."

Activity limitations

The Government decree, which has been agreed between all the ministries and with contributions from other administrations and social and economic agents, establishes a limitation of activities with 1,000 people if they are outdoors or 300 if they are carried out in closed spaces , although in an exceptional way Public Health may authorise some celebrations.

In restaurants and tourist accommodation, there are no capacity limitations, but the safety distance of 1.5 meters is mentioned, menus are prohibited -replaced by QR codes or telematic means- and clients must be accompanied by the staff, to check hygiene, disinfection and handwashing.

As for tourist accommodation, each one must set the rules for the use of common areas and it is recommended to reduce the use of carpets and textile materials and protect blankets and pillows, while active tourism companies will return to operating without limitation of participants.

Churches and shops, at 75%

Regarding trade, any location may open at 75% capacity except those considered essential, which will have no limitations, such as supermarkets, food stores, hairdressers or tobacconists.

Churches and sporting events are also set at 75% capacity , which can gather 1,000 people if the activity is outdoors or 300 if it is indoors.

The capacity of the beaches, competence of the municipalities

Celebrations and parties are prohibited as a rule although the door is left open to reconsideration if the epidemiological evolution permits and weddings are fixed in 250 people banquet outside or 150 if indoors.

In cinemas and theaters the capacity limitation disappears, although the seats will be preassigned and bringing together units of coexistence, the same as in museums that will also have no limit.

On the beaches, the Government advocates maintaining the capacity limitation, although it is the responsibility of the municipalities, which must ensure that the safety distance and hygiene of hammocks, for example, are met.

"The Canary Islands will be almost as it was on March 14th"

The playgrounds are reopened although it is also the responsibility of the municipalities to guarantee hygiene and disinfection while the camps are open with a maximum of 200 participants, including monitors.

For the nightlife, open-air terraces are allowed with a maximum of 75% occupancy, consumption at the table and without a dance floor.

Regarding the next school year, Torres has indicated that the Ministry of Education will design a protocol for the next year supervised by the health authorities, the same as the two public universities.

The Canarian president pointed out that this Sunday "a stage is ending" that has lasted 14 weeks since the state of alarm began, with "very difficult moments" and making "complicated and painful decisions" for a population that felt "hopelessness and fear ", but after doubling the curve of the pandemic, the situation improved and from Sunday" the Canary Islands will be almost as it was on March 14th".