TENERIFE TOURISM BOARD PRESS RELEASE
JUNE 16th, 2020
From the Tenerife Tourism Board, we report that the island, which is gradually returning to normal, has, since Monday June 8th, been found in what is referred to as Phase III of the de-escalation phase of the crisis caused by the covid-19 coronavirus.
The favourable coronavirus situation in the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, with respect to the rest of Spain, is what is allowing this progress. There are currently only 24 active cases of covid-19 on the entire island. Of the 1,500 confirmed cases since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in March, 1,366 have already been discharged. The total contagion rate has reached 0.16% of the population.
These new measures, which we will outline below, signify greater flexibility in the conditions for the opening of shops, communal areas of hotel establishments, beaches and public spaces, among other aspects and are a continuation of the measures that had already been implemented in Phase 1, which began on May 11th and Phase II, which began on May 25th.
As announced by the Spanish Government, the entry of both national and international travellers will be allowed from June 22nd.
TRAVEL BETWEEN ISLANDS AND FROM ABROAD
The Canary Islands’ Government has established the requirements and conditions that regulate transport to and between the islands in this new phase. As of June 8th, movements between all islands are allowed with no restrictions. The use of masks is mandatory.
Two forms of passenger control have been established:
Control of the reasons for travel. This will apply to passengers arriving to the islands from ports or airports located outside the archipelago. The reasons must comply with one of those contained in the Royal Decree of March 14th in declaration of the State of Alarm: attendance of health centres, services or establishments; travel to the workplace to carry out their job; return to the place of usual residence; assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or highly vulnerable people; travel to financial or insurance businesses; due to force majeure or an emergency situation, or guaranteeing the supply of goods and services to the population.
Passengers must prepare a responsible statement regarding their reasons for travel, which will be collected and kept by the airline or shipping company.
Temperature control. This will affect people travelling by air or sea, both passengers and crew members, whether on routes between islands or from abroad. In the case of travel from abroad, temperature control will be carried out at the airport or port of arrival, while for inter-island journeys, the control will be carried out at the airport or port of departure, before proceeding with boarding.
Temperatures will be taken of all people, regardless of their age and/or physical condition, respecting their privacy as much as possible and avoiding physical contact. It will be carried out using approved thermometers that do not require body contact.
In the event that a person is found to have a fever or other symptoms associated with Covid-19, the actions set out in the established health protocols will be followed.
Use of masks
The use of face masks is compulsory for people of ages six and above in public, in open air spaces and in any closed space of public use or that is open to the public, whenever it is not possible to maintain an interpersonal distance of two metres. Its use is also recommended for children of between three and five years of age.
Circulation and movement
Movement is permitted freely around the province, island or territorial space in question, respecting at all times the safety and hygiene measures, as well as maintaining the minimum safety distance of at least two metres, in groups of up to a maximum of 20 people, except in the case of people who live together.
Travel to another part of the national territory outside the Canary Islands may only be carried out for health, professional or business reasons, return to the family place of residence, for assistance and care of the elderly, dependents or people with disabilities or due to force majeure or and emergency situation.
There are no daily time limits nor any specific time slots for any age group.
During social contact with third parties, the minimum safety distance of two metres must be respected or alternative physical protection measures used if this is not possible, as well as hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Places of worship and weddings
Attendance at places of worship is allowed, provided that capacity does not exceed 75%.
Weddings can be held in all kinds of facilities either in open or closed spaces, so long as capacity is kept at 75% or below. In any case, a maximum of 150 people is permitted in outdoor spaces or 75 in enclosed spaces.
Businesses and Services
Shops can open with 50% of their total capacity, guaranteeing a minimum distance of two metres between customers. Their opening hours will include a priority service for the over-65s.
In markets, there will be a guaranteed limitation of up to half the usual or authorised stands, limiting the influx of customers so as to ensure the two-metre social distance rule is upheld.
Shopping centres and retail parks are able to open to the public so long as the capacity limits of their communal and recreational areas is kept to 40% and, and 50% in each of the shops and establishments located in them.
In clothes shops, or clothing alteration businesses and similar establishments, changing rooms must be used by one person at a time, and they will be cleaned and disinfected after use. Items will be sanitised before being offered to other clients. This will also apply to garments returned by customers.
Hospitality and restaurant services
Hotel and restaurant establishments may reopen to the public for consumption on the premises, except for nightclubs and nightlife bars, provided that they do not exceed 50% of their maximum capacity.
Consumption within the premises may be done sitting at a table or group of tables, preferably by prior reservation. There must be a guarantee that the proper physical distance of two metres between the tables or group of tables is maintained.
Consumption at the bar will be allowed, as long as a minimum separation of 2 metres is guaranteed. On outdoor terraces, seating will be limited to 75% of the tables, with a maximum occupancy of 20 people. Self-service products such as napkin rings, toothpicks, oil and vinegar bottles and other similar utensils will be removed, in favour of single-use disposable alternatives or alternative ways of serving them, upon customer request.
Cultural activities may be carried out in libraries, provided that they do not exceed 50% of the authorised capacity.
In museums and exhibition halls the capacity allowed will be 50%.
For educational activities, conferences, workshops, concerts and public programmes in general, attendance will be limited to the number of people that allows the interpersonal safety distance of 2 metres to be maintained. Visits may be carried out in groups of up to 20 people, as long as the interpersonal safety distance of 2 metres is maintained.
Monuments and other cultural facilities will be accessible to the public as long as the number of visiting does not surpass half the maximum capacity.
All cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, tent circuses and similar performance spaces may carry out their activity, provided they offer pre-assigned seats and do not exceed half the authorised capacity in each room.
Sporting activities may be carried out in groups of up to 20 people, avoiding physical contact, and provided that they do not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity allowed.
Active tourism and nature activities may be carried out for groups of up to a maximum of 30 people. Activities carried out with a tourist guide are allowed, preferably by prior appointment, and groups will be of a maximum size of 20 people.
Hotels and tourist establishments
The communal areas of hotels and tourist accommodation may be reopened to the public, provided that they do not exceed 50% of their capacity. Closed spaces such as gyms or where events or entertainment activities are going to be held must be ventilated two hours before use. Entertainment activities or group classes should be designed and planned for a maximum capacity of 20 people and preferably held outdoors.
Tourist recreation centres, zoos and aquariums
The total capacity will be limited to 50% or to a third of the capacity for indoor attractions and closed spaces. A full cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will be carried out at least twice a day, with special attention paid to the most frequent contact surfaces.
Congresses, gatherings, business meetings, conferences and events
The number of attendees may not exceed 80 people.
* Turismo de Tenerife does not accept liability for any error that may be contained within this summary. We recommend, where necessary, consulting the following:
A guide to the conditions that apply in Phase III: click here
The requirements for air and sea travel between islands and from abroad: click here
Measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus SARS-COV-2 in the tourism sector coordinated by the Institute of Tourism Quality, the entity commissioned to complete this task by the State Secretariat for Tourism: click here