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The Governing Council held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has agreed, for the islands that pass to level 4 (as an additional and reinforcing measure to stop the upward and worrying evolution of the SARS-CoV pandemic- 2 among the Canarian population) establish access control by means of a health certificate to interior areas of the hotel and restaurant establishments and to other places such as sports and cultural spaces.
This week all the islands have increased their epidemiological alert level, except for El Hierro, which remains at level 1. Tenerife goes to level 4, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma to level 3, Lanzarote and La Gomera to level 2 and El Hierro remains at level 1.
From the age of 18, it will be necessary to present the complete vaccination certificate, a negative diagnostic test made in the last 72 hours, or proof of overcoming the infection in order to access interior spaces in hospitality establishments.
Level 4 closing hours are modified until 24 hours to help maintain economic activity.
The Government agreed, therefore, that the island of Tenerife, which registers the worst evolution of the pandemic, should rise to alert level 4; the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma go to alert level 3 and Lanzarote and La Gomera, to level 2. Only El Hierro remains at the same level (1), due to the reduced number of cases.
New measures for level 4
According to the agreement approved today, in order to reduce the health risk and as a complementary measure to those that are already applicable in this sector, it will be necessary to present, for those over 18 years of age, the COVID-EU vaccination certificate, or present a Negative Active Infection Diagnostic Test (carried out in the last 72 hours) or proof of having overcome the infection in the last six months in order to be able to access the interior of the restaurants and hotels on the islands that are at alert level 4.
This new measure, which will come into effect on Monday, July 24, will also affect access to the interiors of sports and cultural establishments.
As of next Monday, the islands that are in level 4 will maintain the capacity of level 3, but all people will have to carry a certificate of vaccination, negative diagnostic test, or the certificate of having passed the disease to access the interior space in restaurants, bars, hotels, gyms, etc.
Closing time in bars & restaurants will be at midnight for level 4
The Minister of Health also reported that in today's session it was agreed to modify the closing time in the islands that are in level 4 so that bars and restaurants will not close at 6 p.m., as it was previously the case, but instead, they will be closed from 24:00 hours until at least 6:00 am.
In the Canary Islands, a total of 694,508 downloads of the COVID-EU Vaccination Certificate have been registered since its launch through the myHistory app of the SCS or through the application mycertificadocovid.com. In addition, more than 70,000 downloads of diagnostic tests have been reported and a total of 3,457 certificates to prove having overcome COVID-19.
There are two elements that must be clear and that is that being vaccinated does not prevent contagion, so all preventive measures against covid-19 must be maintained, and on the other hand, the average age of hospital admissions for COVID-19 is among people aged 49-50 years.