10th Oct 2020 @ 9:09 am

The Canarian Government has banned smoking in the street from Friday 9th October, as distancing cannot be guaranteed.

The law on smoking was first amended on 14th August, and stated that “Smoking, using tobacco inhalation devices, water pipes, hookahs, shishas or similar devices; will not be permitted in public streets and in outdoor spaces, when it is not possible to guarantee an interpersonal safety distance of 2 meters.”

This has now been amended, with the law on mask use granting an exception to people “while smoking… exclusively during consumption and as long as the distance of two meters with other people can be guaranteed. However, you will not be able to make use of this exemption while using public streets.”

The decision may have been influenced by recent research that suggests the Covid-19 might be transmitted more easily when there are pollutants in the air.