21st Dec 2021 @ 10:03 am

Lanzarote is unlikely to see any new restrictions over the immediate Christmas period, after the Canarian Government approved the use of Covid passes only for those islands that are on Levels 3 and 4.

Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are all on Levbel 3, and on those islands it will be necessary to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test within the last 48 hours in order to access bars, restaurants, cinemas and certain sporting or cultural events.

However, Lanzarote is currently on Level 1, largely because of its low hospital occupancy (two patients). Even if it is raised to Level 2 later this week, the Covid pass rules will not apply, and throughout the pandemic, no island has ever been raised by more than one level at a time.

If Lanzarote does go up a level, which is a distinct possibility given the increased number of cases in recent days, the main effect will be to reduce ther maximum amount of people meeting from 12 to 8. However, the Canarian Government has created an exception for Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, allowing 10 people to meet at Levels 2 and 3.

The restrictions are unlikely to affect many family meetings apart from large parties.

Meanwhile, recent rumours on social media that the Spanish Government had introduced new entry requirements were false. Last week, the Spanish executive agreed to keep the UK on its “risk” category, meaning that visitors must show proof of vaccination or recovery ( a negative test result does not suffice).

Spanish President Pedro Sánchez will meet regional leaders tomorrow to discuss the requirement for further measures and, although we don’t know exactly what will be agreed, there has been no talk of further travel restrictions.

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