Tenerife goes back to Alert Level 3

Published on June 24, 2021
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The Governing Council, held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Wednesday, June 23, has agreed to move the island of Tenerife up to level 3 starting at 00.00 this Saturday, June 26, due to an increase in the number of new cases recorded in the last six days.

In this sense, it should be remembered that the island of Tenerife has a Cumulative Incidence (AI) of 98.64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 7 days and 170.58 at 14 days, figures that are almost double to those of the Canary Islands, with an AI of 7 days from 53.72 and 99.08 to 14, according to today's data. The AI ​​in people over 65 is also a worrying indicator in Tenerife, standing at 36.49, well above the 19.08 regional average. However, the COVID occupation in Tenerife hospitals, for the moment, is stable and at low risk.

Faced with this reality, the Governing Council has analyzed the report presented by the Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, and prepared by the General Directorate of Public Health advising to increase the level of restrictions on the island: the passage in Tenerife from level 2 to 3 will start at 00.00 this Saturday.

It should be noted that the restrictions at level 3 will be modified at some points as they adapt to the current pandemic and vaccination progress. This will be done through the modification of the Government Agreement of June 19, 2020 to face the health crisis caused by COVID-19, which will be published soon in the BOC.

The main changes in the Government Agreement are related to residences for the elderly, playgrounds and schedules of public activities. The rest of the measures, in general, continue as set for alert level 3 (summary table of anti-COVID measures according to alert levels)

Residences for the elderly and centers for the disabled

The restrictions that habitually affected residences for the elderly and centers for disabled people in terms of their closure and control of visits will only affect people who have not completed their vaccination schedule or the islands that will enter phase 4 if this were to happen.

Schedule limitation

The Agreement also eliminates the limitation of hours for activities on the islands at alert level 1. At alert level 2, the total closing hours are maintained between 00:00 and 6:00; at alert level 3, total closure between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, and at 4, between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Remember that on level 3, hotels and restaurants must be kept closed indoors and outdoors they can only function at 50% of the maximum capacity, with four people per table.

Open air and ventilation

In general and for all activities, priority will be given to the development of activities in outdoor spaces over indoor spaces. In addition, adequate ventilation of the interior spaces must be guaranteed during the development of the activities and between consecutive uses.

In the case of natural ventilation, cross-ventilation of the spaces will be facilitated by opening doors or windows, if possible. In the case of the use of mechanical ventilation, the ventilation rate (outside air / recirculated air) must be increased, the outside air supply must be ensured and the indoor air recirculation function must not be used exclusively.

The gaming and betting venues will be closed on levels 3 and 4.

Urban furniture for children and sports use

The municipalities may allow the use of children's furniture, machines for practicing sports on public roads, skateboards and other similar outdoor spaces for public use, provided that the general prevention measures provided for in this Agreement are respected and the measures taken to the extreme are respected.  This type of furniture will only be sealed at alert levels 4, and not at 3, as was currently established.

Current Alert Levels in the Canary Islands:

  • Alert Level 1: La Palma, La Gomera, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, El Hierro
  • Alert Level 2: Lanzarote, La Graciosa
  • Alert Level 3: Tenerife

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