Latest Gran Canaria News, Views & Sunshine
Jan, 2023 |
Masks will no longer be required on public transport, though they will remain necessary in healthcare establishments and services, and for workers and visitors attending healthcare and social care facilities.
Jan, 2023 |
The Mogán Local Council on Friday installed new sun beds and umbrellas on Playa de Mogán, beginning direct management of seasonal services of this popular beach, along with the other six beaches for which it now holds corresponding authorisations: Las Marañuelas, Costa Alegre, Taurito, El Cura, Aquamarina and Patalavaca. Since last summer they have also been in control of direct exploitation of Puerto Rico and El Perchel beaches. The majority of these coastal tourism enclaves were managed by private companies who held the concessions, some of which had been in place for decades.
Jan, 2023 |
Tenteniguada Almond Blossom Festival
It’s the last weekend of January and exactly two weeks to go until the 2023 Carnival season starts on Gran Canaria. This weekend will most probably be enjoyed with a drop of wet weather, Sunday being forecast as the rainiest. The southern tourist enclaves look to also see a bit of cloud cover and even a small chance of seeing a few drops of rain. However you look at it, it may be handy to have umbrellas and raincoats around during the days to come. There is even the possibility of some snow on the mountains as we head into next week.
Jan, 2023 |
More than half of all Canary Islands properties sold last year were bought by foreigners, more than half of those non-residents
Jan, 2023 |
While we still await final figures for the last quarter of 2022, the latest official data from The Canary Islands has shown foreigners are buying more homes in the Canary Islands than ever before. The number of real estate acquisitions by non-residents in the Canary Islands has risen 52% compared to the same period in 2021, and is already 16% higher than the highest ever record set in 2017.
The Government of Spain, as expected, have announced that face masks will no longer be compulsory as of Wednesday, 20 April 2022, albeit with some exceptions. Royal Decree 286/2022, of April 19, was published in the State Gazette (BOE) and modifies the guidance on mandatory use of masks, put in place during the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
The Council of Ministers approved the end of mandatory face masks indoors from 20 April. Minister for Health, Carolina Darias, argued that the high rates of vaccination against COVID-19 and the epidemiological situation in Spain have allowed this measure to be adopted. So far, 92% of the population – 39 million people – have been fully vaccinated, which has led to a decline in the disease and most of the national territory is now at low risk levels. Carolina Darias clarified that masks will not be compulsory in school settings. In the work environment, in general, they will not be either. However, those responsible for the prevention of occupational hazards, and in accordance with the corresponding risk assessments in the workplace, may establish appropriate preventive measures they deem necessary, including the continued use of masks. Such advice is legally binding.
At large events, such as sporting competitions or concerts, held both indoors and outdoors, it is not mandatory to wear a face mask. With regard to the continuity of capacity limitations, the minister indicated that this is the responsibility of the regional governments.
Exceptions to the removal of masks
Darias specified that masks will continue to be obligatory in certain contexts, such as in health centres, health services and establishments, hospitals, healthcare or transfusion centres, pharmacies – both for the people who work there and for visitors. They will also be required in care homes and nursing homes for employees and visitors, but not for residents.
The obligation is also maintained for air, rail, bus and ship transport when the 1.5 metre safety distance cannot be maintained. At access to stations or on platforms, masks shall not be compulsory.
The Health Minister stated that the Executive recommends the responsible use of masks among vulnerable populations, such as those over 60 years of age, immunocompromised people, people at risk of diseases or pregnant women.
The Ministry has also advised use by teachers or students who are vulnerable, at large events, in crowds and at family or private celebrations when a vulnerable person is in attendance.
The minister stated that the measure adopted today is a strategic response to the current epidemiological situation and upon the almost unanimous proposal of the members of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, which met in Toledo on 6 April.
Basic Do’s and Don’t for masks:-You need to use them in health services and establishments, such as hospitals, health centres or pharmacies; workers and visitors.-You need to use mask in socio-health centres, like nursing homes; workers and visitors.-You need to use them in airplanes, and on buses. Also on all public passenger transport, but not on platforms and stations.-In the work environment, in general, the use of masks will not be mandatory.
The Ministry of Health eliminates the mandatory use of masks in educational centres. Its use is allowed for those who decide to continue using them or who are in situations of vulnerability that are advised to.
After the approval in the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, April 19, modification to the use of masks in interior spaces at the request of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands have informed educational centres of the application of this measure in the educational field on the islands, which after its publication in the BOE comes into force this Wednesday. In any case, those who prefer to continue using masks or who are in situations of vulnerability advised to do so will be allowed to continue using masks.
The adoption of this decision by the Ministry of Health occurs because although the pandemic continues to exist, its current characteristics have nothing to do with its start due to the current high vaccination coverage.In this way, the use of masks is no longer compulsory in general in the educational field of the archipelago, and the centres will pay special attention to the prevention of any stigmatisation of people who choose to maintain their use in non-compulsory situations, promoting respect for diversity.
Those who present vulnerability factors should continue to make responsible use of masks, both in the case of students and in that of teaching staff and administration and services. Persons six years of age and older must continue to wear masks on school transport.
In Special Education Centres (CEE) with school residence considered as social health centres, the use of FFP2 masks by working personnel is still mandatory. In the Canary Islands they are the CEE and the Siete Palmas School Residence, the El Dorador CEE and the San Miguel School Residence and the CEE and the Hermano Pedro School Residence.
The Public Health Commission has, this Tuesday, given a green light to the new strategy aimed at normalising the way we deal with COVID in The Canary Islands, as of March 28, when self-isolation for asymptomatic people will no longer be required by law and general testing will no longer be carried out across the population.
This was decided by the general directors of Public Health, on the part of the Ministry of Health, and with various communities in a meeting where they established that from Monday diagnostic testing will focus on specific groups of people (over 60s, immunosuppressed and pregnant) and those in vulnerable areas (health and socio-healthcare), as well as for serious cases from now on.
The new monitoring and control strategy comes into force next Monday so long as the healthcare services indicators remain at low risk level, according to sources reported today in local Spanish language press.
Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro remain at level 3; and Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at level 2. The daily average of conventional hospital beds occupied by covid patients throughout the Archipelago as a whole has decreased by 18.4% compared to the previous week and that of ICU beds decreased by 12%.
The Canary Islands Ministry of Health on Thursday, March 17, updated health alert levels, following this week’s epidemiological report from the General Directorate of Public Health, with consolidated data as of March 16. The report on the evolution of health indicators for COVID-19 on all the islands decides the appropriate alert levels for each.
Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro remain at alert level 3; and Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (where La Graciosa is included epidemiologically) at level 2. All with greatly reduced measures and few restrictions now in place on hospitality businesses.
The epidemiological situation of each territory is based fundamentally on hospital pressure (bed occupancy indicators now being the determining factor for analysing the trends and severity of COVID-19) and the incidence on the transmission of the coronavirus, according to the modifications established within the Inter-territorial Council.
Care indicators show a favourable evolution and the daily average number of occupied conventional hospital beds has decreased by 18.3% compared to the previous week, with an average occupancy rate of 5%, this indicator remains at medium risk. The percentage occupation in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera are all at medium risk; Fuerteventura is at low risk and Lanzarote and El Hierro are at very low risk. The number of occupied ICU beds continues with the downward trend, falling 12% compared to the previous evaluation. ICU occupation for the whole of the Archipelago is 9.7%. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are at medium risk, while the rest of the islands remain in controlled circulation.
In the Regional Autonomous Community as a whole, between March 8 and 14, saw 9,162 new cases of COVID-19 reported, representing a 3.3% increase in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week. These data respond to a 3.3% increase in Accumulated Incidence (AI) at 7 days throughout the Canary Islands. From a weekly average of 407.4 cases per 100,000 population, this figure rose to 421.1 cases per 100,000 this week.
All the islands remain at very high risk for this indicator, except Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, which are at a medium and high risk, respectively. The island that has risen the most in this indicator is Tenerife, followed by La Gomera.
The 7-day AI for people over 65 years of age has risen to 29%, the Autonomous Community as a whole, and all the islands, are at very high risk in this indicator. The greatest increase is observed on the island of La Palma, followed by La Gomera.
The 14-day AI fell by 3.7%, although the level of risk is still very high for the whole of the Archipelago.
Canary Islands continue de-escalation, returning to 100% capacity in general, for hospitality, sports and culture
The Government of the Canary Islands have agreed at their meeting held this Thursday, March 3, to continue with the de-escalation of restrictions applied to contain the pandemic caused by COVID-19, after the latest measures approved 15 days ago.
The agreement affects the general capacity, both in outdoor and indoor spaces, and those of cultural and sports activity, which is established in both cases at 100% in all the islands, since it is adopted for health alert levels 1, 2 and 3.
The Executive makes this new agreement with a commitment to continue, as it has been doing until now, to remain vigilant and prudent in the process of modulating the measures, as has already been happening in all the autonomous communities, throughout Spain.
The Governing Council agreed to this modulation, after the report from the General Directorate of Public Health that shows the downward trend in care indicators, which are the ones that in this new phase of the pandemic inform the state strategy of detection and monitoring for COVID-19.
The sixth wave, Ómicron variant, has caused changes in the transmission, evolution and impact of COVID-19 and therefore in the indicators that must be analysed for monitoring.
New measuresThe main new temporary measures that will be in force on the islands that are at alert levels 1, 2 and 3, starting next Monday, March 7th, are:
General capacity: 100%, both in outdoor and indoor spaces.
Cultural activity: the maximum capacity, regardless of whether or not it is considered a massive event, will be 100% in both open and closed spaces.
Public shows: cultural, recreational, leisure and entertainment activities, including sports, that take place sporadically and in places other than the establishments intended for the regular exercise of said activity, will have a maximum capacity of 100% both outdoors and in spaces closed, and regardless of whether the public remains standing or sitting, as well as the consumption of food.
Federated and non-federated, professional and non-professional sports practice: allowed outdoors or in closed spaces, maintaining the interpersonal distance of 2 meters whenever possible. The number of participants will be limited by the specific regulations of each sport.
Training, competitions and sporting events: the capacity of the public will be 100% both in open spaces and in enclosed spaces and the measures provided for in the Agreement of the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System of February 16, 2022 on the measures in place for mass sporting events, including those of the Professional Football League and the ACB League.
Children’s and youth camps: The capacity will be 100% for both outdoor activities and indoor activities.
Camping, refuges, non-social shelters and overnight camps: Camping is not allowed, except in the spaces enabled for this activity and the camping area will be delimited respecting the safety distance. The overnight stay will be carried out guaranteeing the distance of 2 meters between beds, bunks or people, and maintaining cross ventilation with outside air.
Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, La Gomera and El Hierro continue at Level 3; and Lanzarote, at Level 2
The daily average occupation of conventional hospital beds in the Archipelago as a whole has decreased by 26% compared to last week and ICU beds occupied by covid patients has fallen by 14%
The Ministry of Health has today updated the health alert levels following this week’s epidemiological report from the General Directorate of Public Health with consolidated data as of March 2.
The change in level for Gran Canaria will come into force at 00:00 this Friday, March 4
In the COVID-19 report health indicators allow Gran Canaria to drop to Alert Level 3, having improved in epidemiological indicators.
The rest of the islands maintain their current Alert Levels, Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and La Gomera maintain Level 3; and Lanzarote (where La Graciosa is epidemiologically included) Level 2.
Gran Canaria has been enabled to move to Level 3 due improvements in care impact indicators over the last 14 days, with hospital occupancy on the wards in the last two weeks going from a high risk to a medium risk, while occupancy of beds in the ICUs also decreased to medium risk.
However, the evolution of the indicators will be closely observed due to a slight upward trend in the 7day AI this week, which has an impact on the care capacity indicators. The level change will take effect at 00:00 this Friday, February 4 (on the night of Thursday to Friday).
The evolution of the epidemiological indicators on the rest of the islands have still not yet presented sufficient stability in the the data to propose further decreases in levels, just yet.
Health alert levels are determined by the Ministry of Health based on the epidemiological and healthcare indicators that are collected weekly; The healthcare indicators currently record the evolution of the pandemic, according to the modifications established within the Interterritorial Council by the Ministry of Health and the Autonomous Communities.
🚦 Se actualizan los niveles de alerta por islas. Gran Canaria baja a nivel 3.
🟡 Nivel 2: #Lanzarote y #LaGraciosa
🔴 Nivel 3: #LaPalma, #ElHierro, #Fuerteventura, #LaGomera, #Tenerife y #GranCanaria
— Presidencia GobCan (@PresiCan) March 3, 2022
The Ministry of Health this Friday reported 1,871 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19. To total 19,201 currently active cases across the region, of which 43 are in the ICU and 296 remain hospitalised.
For the latest Canary Islands data on Covid-19, updated daily, check our Canary Islands dashboard
The 7-day Accumulated Incidence (7dAI) in the Canary Islands stands at 437.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and at 14 days at 691.38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
By islands, Tenerife today have confirmed 734 new cases with 7,767 epidemiologically active cases; Gran Canaria has 904 more and 9,064 active. Lanzarote adds 97 new cases with 514 epidemiologically active; Fuerteventura has 69 new cases and 1,364 active. La Palma adds 52 new positives, to total 368 active. El Hierro adds six new cases, so has 20 active, and La Gomera adds nine new positives, to make 104 active cases.
To date, a total of 3,246,860 diagnostic tests have been carried out on the Islands, of which 5,644 correspond to yesterday.
Gran Canaria remains at alert level 4; La Palma, Fuerteventura, La Gomera and El Hierro at level 3; and Lanzarote at level 2. The evolution of the indicators on the rest of the islands does not yet present sufficient stability to allow other changes in level
The Ministry of Health has today updated the health alert levels after the epidemiological report of the General Directorate of Public Health with consolidated data as of February 23. The report specifies the evolution of the health indicators due to COVID-19, which allows the island of Tenerife to be lowered to level 3, after the improvement of its epidemiological indicators.
Tenerife goes to level 3 due to the improvement of the care impact indicators in the last 14 days, having moved the hospital occupancy of beds on the ward in the last two weeks from high to medium risk, and occupancy of ICU beds decreases to medium risk. However, the indicators will be closely observed over concerns that the slightly upward evolution of the 7 day AI over in the last week could continue which in turn could have an impact on the care capacity indicators. The level change will take effect at 00:00 this Friday, February 25 (on the night of Thursday to Friday).
The Canary Islands Government Council held on Thursday, February 17, agreed to continue with the de-escalation of the restrictions in force to contain the pandemic caused by COVID-19.
To do this, two unique packages of measures have been established, to be applied depending on the level of risk for each island. New regulations approved this week, specify more flexible rules for for the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria and others Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
They clarified that the “health alert levels” are determined by the epidemiological and care indicators established by the Ministry of Health, while the “measures” are for protection and control and are agreed by the regional government based on the parameters reached and the trend that the evolution of the pandemic presents at all times.
In the current situation, there is still high transmission of the virus, but it is having a limited healthcare impact in relation to the total number of cases. This, they say, allows for a gradual relaxation of prevention and control measures, while still maintaining alert levels.
The measures agreed will come into force after publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands.
The de-escalation process began on January 7, when measures corresponding to Alert Level 4 were modulated, a process that continued last week with the relaxation of some measures, in applying the alert level restrictions to each island.
The continued downward trend over recent weeks, both in the Cumulative Incidence at 7 and 14 days, has encouraged a continuation of the process of relaxation of the measures, something which is also taking place in other regions of the country, with some have already announced the end of the restrictions.
Most notable measures
For the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, the most outstanding measures are:
General capacity : 75% outdoors and 50% indoors.
Groups of people in spaces for public and private use, closed or outdoors : 8 people maximum, except cohabitants.
Closing times in establishments and activities: 03:00.
Nightlife : 75% outdoors and 50% indoors, at tables of up to 8 people closing by 03:00.
Hotels and restaurants : 75% capacity outdoors and 50% indoors, at tables of 8 people and closing time by 03:00.
Practice of non-federated physical and sports activity outdoors and in sports facilities and centres : 75% capacity outdoors and 50% indoors and in groups of a maximum of 8 people, except cohabitants.
Federated sports practice at a regional or island level, outdoors or in closed spaces, and non-federated sports practice outdoors : 85% public capacity outdoors and 75% public capacity indoors.
Cultural activity : in open-air public spaces it will have 85% capacity and in closed cultural and artistic venues and establishments 75%.
Essential retail stores : the maximum capacity in closed spaces is set at 75%.
Health centres : visits are more flexible, supervised by centre staff and the established prevention measures will be extreme.
For the rest of the islands: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, the most outstanding measures are:
General capacity : 100% outdoors and 75% indoors.
Groups of people in spaces for public and private use, indoors or outdoors : 12 people maximum, except cohabitants.
Closing times: 04:00.
Nightlife : 100% outdoors and 75% indoors, at tables of 12 people and closing at 04:00.
Hotels and restaurants : 100% capacity outdoors and 75% indoors, at tables of 12 people and closing time at 04:00.
Practice of non-federated physical and sports activity outdoors and in sports facilities and centres : 100% capacity outdoors and 75% indoors and in groups of a maximum of 12 people, except cohabitants.
Federated sports practice at a regional or island level, outdoors or in enclosed spaces, and non-federated sports practice outdoors : 100% public capacity outdoors and 75% public capacity indoors.
Cultural activity : in open-air public spaces 100% capacity and in enclosed cultural and artistic venues and establishments 75%.
Health centres : visits are normally allowed in hospitals.
Transport measures for all islands
Discretionary public transport in passenger car vehicles and rental vehicles with a driver, with up to nine seats including the driver, are allowed to use all of the rear seats of the vehicle, as well as those offered in the driver’s row of seats, when the rear seats have been previously exhausted, except when the driver can be considered a person at risk.
Capacity on regular urban and metropolitan land public transport is set at 100% of the maximum capacity allowed for the respective vehicles. Adequate ventilation and/or air renewal must be guaranteed, as well as the rest of the general measures for the prevention and control of SARS-CoV-2
The Canary Islands Ministry of Health this week updated the health alert levels, after reviewing the epidemiological report from the General Directorate of Public Health, with consolidated data as of February 16.
COVID-19 health indicators have allowed for the island of Lanzarote to be lowered to Level 2 (where La Graciosa is epidemiologically included), following the improvement of their epidemiological indicators.
The rest of the islands maintain their current Alert Levels. This means that Tenerife and Gran Canaria remain at Alert Level 4; and La Palma, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and La Gomera remain at Level 3.