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We are being asked about the new regulations that came into force last Friday, you can read the official BOC here

However have summarized it as below, we hope this clarifies it for you.

The restrictions in the Canary Islands for this Christmas, in detail

  • A maximum of six people from December 5 to January 10, 2021, curfew from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and a ban on large events. These are some of the measures collected this Friday in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC), in which all doubts are resolved about what can and cannot be done during Christmas in the Canary Islands in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Maximum number of people
  • The document establishes that the maximum number of people who may meet for meals or celebrations from December 5 to January 10, 2021, except in the case of cohabitants, a term that includes residents at the same address and who return to their family unit from other areas during this period. In this case, the regional government recommends that they limit social interactions the 10 days prior to the trip and that they take extreme measures of prevention upon arrival. Once at home, it is recommended to respect your conviviality bubble and interact especially outdoors. Minors from 0 to 6 years old are also excluded from the limitations.
  • A maximum of 10 people may meet during the dates indicated, that is, on December 24, 25 and 31, 2020 and January 1 and 6, 2021, except in the case of cohabitants, in which case the number may be greater, although the regional government recommends that these meetings be reduced to members who belong to the same coexistence group.
  • The document also establishes that the maximum number of 10 people may be modified on each island, depending on its epidemiological situation.
  • Curfew
  • The freedom of movement of people at night will be limited from 01:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m. from December 23, 2020 to January 10, 2021, except for the night from December 24 to 25 and the night of December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021, in which said limitation will be established from 01:30 to 06:00 hours.
  • Those who have to carry out activities considered essential, such as the acquisition of medicines, sanitary products and other essential goods, will be exempt from this mobility restriction; assistance to health centers, services and establishments, as well as veterinary care centers for emergency reasons; fulfillment of labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations or return to the place of habitual residence, among others.
  • Hostelry
  • The establishments and activities of hotels, restaurants and terraces, bars and cafes must close before 24:00. The maximum occupancy will be six people per table, with the greatest possible interpersonal distance, and there must be a distance of at least two meters from the rest of the tables in the establishment.
  • Smoking is prohibited on the terraces or other open air spaces that belong to the establishment.
  • Big events
  • The celebration of parties, festivals and other popular events, which involve crowding of people or displacement of participants that cannot be controlled, such as horseback riding in its classic format, parties or cotillions, is prohibited.
  • Other activities such as visiting the portals of Bethlehem or the Three Wise Men will be allowed as long as there is a delimited space where you can control access and capacity, maintain interpersonal safety distance, use the mask and other preventive measures general and preferably outdoors.
  • Monitoring of Christmas events on television or other telematic options is recommended.
  • Large sporting events cannot be held and virtual participation modalities are recommended instead.
  • Religious celebrations
  • Emblematic religious celebrations, such as the Misa del Gallo, may be celebrated within the time limits indicated above, although, once again, it is recommended to offer telematic or television services as an alternative.
  • In the event that you go to a religious center, it is recommended to replace the songs with prerecorded music, choirs being prohibited. Likewise, physical displays of devotion or tradition (kisses, contact about images, sculptures, etc.) should be avoided.
  • Public road and establishments
  • The Government encourages local entities to favor the use of public roads in the open air, since it recommends the realization of cultural events, activities for children or for hotels and businesses, always respecting the provisions above in relation to the celebration. of Christmas events with a high influx of public. However, it is forbidden to eat and drink on public roads with the exception of the spaces equipped for it.
  • As for the establishments and shopping centers, the authorities advise that citizens make their Christmas purchases in advance to avoid crowds in these areas. With all this, the safety distance and limited capacity in these establishments will be guaranteed.
  • Social health care residences
  • It is recommended that, in those cases in which residents of residential socio-sanitary centers make a longer exit due to Christmas celebrations, they are restricted to a single address and maintaining a stable coexistence bubble.
  • Upon readmission, a diagnostic test for active infection must be carried out and the days after readmission, surveillance and prevention measures will be taken to the extreme.
  • Public transport
  • It is recommended that you opt for alternative methods of mobility, such as cycling or walking. In any case, surveillance of urban land transport means will be reinforced at peak times, in order to avoid crowds.
  • It is recommended to increase the frequency of public transport schedules to avoid crowds, guaranteeing adequate ventilation and compliance with prevention measures, which include not eating or drinking and using the mask correctly.
  • Likewise, during the limitation of freedom of movement at night, the use of public transport will only be allowed to people who can prove travel to carry out essential activities.