Spain holidays: Britons visiting Canary Islands to face new tightened restrictions

Spain holidays: Britons visiting Canary Islands to face new tightened restrictions

The islands had previously escaped the nationwide curfew imposed by the Spanish government and at the moment, they are still the only place in Spain where Britons can travel to without having to go into quarantine on their return.

On the nights of December 24 and 25 and on December 31 and January 1, the curfew hours start at 1.30am and last until 6am.

There will be exceptions, such as to travel to a chemist, to go to work or look after a vulnerable person.

The rules also state that the hotel and restaurant industry must close at midnight, or 11pm in Tenerife, with the maximum occupancy per table of six people and the distance between chairs of adjoining tables of at least two metres.

On all of the islands, the maximum number of people in social and family gatherings that take place in spaces for public and private use, closed or outdoors, will be limited to six people, except for those people who reside in the same address. However, up to ten people will be allowed to attend family meetings or with relatives to celebrate Christmas lunches and dinners on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1 and 6.

In all cases, children up to the age of six are excluded in the figures.

Spokesman for the Executive, Julio Pérez warned: “The measures taken so far are not giving the desired results and we do not yet know the causes.”

Britons hoping to visit the Canary Islands must carry proof of a negative coronavirus PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

They must also show a further negative rapid rest result at their hotel or apartments reception before being admitted to their accommodation.

Published at Sat, 05 Dec 2020 11:59:00 +0000