Tenerife moves up to Level 4, Gran Canaria to Level 3 & Lanzarote to Level 2
This week has brought more changes in alert levels in the Canary Islands compared to previous weeks, as several islands have been moved up on the scale of local restrictions (the local traffic light system that the archipelago uses to indicate the level of local restrictions).
The Governing Council has decided to move the island of Tenerife up to Alert level 4, while Gran Canaria and La Palma go up to Alert level 3, and La Gomera, La Graciosa and Lanzarote also go up one level to Alert level 2, due to the rise registered in the number of new cases recorded.
These alert levels and the local traffic lights system in the Canary Islands have nothing to do with UK's own traffic light system.
The Canary Islands also use the traffic lights system to announce the level of local restrictions on each island in the archipelago, based on the rate of new cases registered. This article refers to the local alert level on each island, which is assessed weekly by the Government of the Canary Islands.
This week Fuerteventura and El Hierro are the only islands that remain at their current level of restrictions - level 3 in the case of Fuerteventura and level 1 in the case of El Hierro.
Current Alert Levels in the Canary Islands:
- Alert Level 1: El Hierro
- Alert Level 2: La Gomera, Lanzarote, La Graciosa
- Alert Level 3: Gran Canaria, La Palma, Fuerteventura
- Alert Level 4: Tenerife
The Government of the Canary Islands informs that the measures of the alert levels approved for each island by the Governing Council will come into force at 00.00 hours next Monday, July 26.
What are the changes for Tenerife - Level 4?
In the case of restrictions for Level 4, there will be some changes compared to what it meant in the past: Level 4 will allow 50% of the indoor capacity of hotel and catering establishments, but only for those who have the COVID certificate, starting from the age of 18.
Bars and restaurants on islands at level 4 will be allowed to stay open until midnight (they won't have to close at 6 pm like was the case previously).
According to the agreement approved by the Government of the Canary Islands, in order to reduce the health risk, in order to access the interior of the restaurants and bars on the islands that are at alert level 4 it will be necessary to present, for those over 18 years of age, either:
- the EU-Covid vaccination certificate
- a Negative Active Infection Diagnostic Test (carried out in the last 72 hours)
- proof of overcoming the infection in the last six months
The same measures will also be applied in the case of 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 either a certificate of vaccination, negative diagnostic test, or the certificate of having passed through the disease in order to access the interiors spaces of restaurants, bars, sports center, cultural establishments.
What does Level 3 mean?
These are the main changes of interest in the case of visitors coming on holiday to an island that is currently on alert level 3:
- Maximum 4 people who are not from the same household can sit together at a table in bars in restaurants
- Restaurants and bars close at 00:00 h
- Events are canceled
- No nightlife
You DON'T need to show a vaccination certificate, a negative test or proof of overcoming the infection on island at level 3 in order to access interior spaces of restaurants, bars and other places.