23rd May 2021 @ 12:00 pm

New Sunday weekly roundup! A rundown of everything that has happened during week that you need to know; written in a brief and easy to understand format.

Brits can come without tests

As pledged earlier in the week, Spain has announced that British visitors will be permitted to come to Spain without having to show a recent positive PCR test from tomorrow, 24th May. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Friday, citing the high vaccination figures and low infection rates in the UK.

Nevertheless, as Spain is on the UK’s amber list, UK tourists will still have to provide a test on return, quarantine for at least 10 days and provide two more tests in that time – a process that will prove a deterrent to many. Currently, Canarian rules demanding that people staying in registered tourist accommodation still apply, although in this case a cheaper antigen test is accepted. It is highly likely that the Canarian Government will revise these rules shortly.

Lanzarote’s 49th victim

A 61-year-old man was Lanzarote’s  49th victim of the coronavirus on Friday. The man had been in the intensive care unit at the Hospital José Molina Oroso for several weeks, and was the first Covid fatality to be recorded on the island since late March.

Of the 49 Covid-related deaths on Lanzarote, nine occurred last year. The other 40 have all been recorded since January, victims of the post-Christmas third wave. All samples analysed from the third wave on Lanzarote belonged to the British, or Kent, variant, which came to Spain before Christmas and remains the dominant variant.

H&M strike

Deiland Shopping Centre saw two days of strike action by workers at the H&M shop last week. H&M plan to close 30 shops n Spain and have unveiled a redundancy plan that involves the dismissal of 1,000 workers, which was described by the Comisiones Obreras union as “savage and disproportionate.”

The workers have already forced management to withdraw a clause in the redundancy plan that would reduce certain shifts from 40 hours a week to just 12.

Shocking attack in La Vegueta

Three hooded men attacked two private villas in La Vegueta on Wednesday, 12th May, it was revealed last week by the Guardia Cvíl. The attackers cut a chain and drove their car to the villas, where they tied up three women and a child, breaking one of the women’s arms in the process. The victims reported that the attackers were carrying firearms,

The thieves left empty-handed, but have not yet been arrested.

Even more wind

The yellow weather alerts for strong winds and rough seas will remain in place until 6pm on Monday, as Lanzarote continues to suffer gusts of up to 70 kph.

The strong winds on the island have continued for well over a week now, causing minor damages all over the island. However, weather agency AEMET predicts that they will calm down by midweek, and normal weather – with sunshine, high clouds and breezes, will re-establish itself by the end of the week.

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