COVID-19: Canary Islands’ Curfew is Lifted but the High Court puts the Brakes on other Restrictions

The President of the Canarian Government, Ángel Victor Torres took the lead in an extraordinary plenary session at

The President of the Canarian Government, Ángel Victor Torres took the lead in an extraordinary plenary session at the beginning of the week after the State of Alarm in Spain officially came to an end. National regulations indicate that each Autonomous Region may implement restrictions they see fit to continue to contain the virus in the best way possible and Torres decided to maintain current restrictions, however, this is being met with some resistance.

Maintaining current restrictions means that the hospitality sector and leisure activities will continue with time and maximum occupancy limitations. This also means that public and private gatherings are restricted in the number of persons who can attend, social distancing, the use of masks, obligatory PCR tests to stay at hotels, limited use of gyms and all other previous measures remain in place.

The reason why I have delayed writing on this is because there was some controversy surrounding these restrictions post-State of Alarm from the Canarian High Court of Justice so I was awaiting new developments during the week but so far there haven’t been any. Instead, the Canarian Government had to file an appeal this week to proceed with this course of action with data provided by the Public Health Department to back up their motives for wanting to enforce restrictions.

Although curfew has been lifted, all other counter COVID measures remain until the Canarian High Court of Justice gives a definitive response. The Canarian Government urges us to be mindful of complying with regulations as before especially regarding closing times of restaurants and bars as well as not forming large gathering in parks and public spaces well into the night. Even though technically we are free to be out and about at night since there is no curfew, Public Health considers it vital to limit these events as much as possible especially since there are no islands currently in Alert Levels 3 and 4.

About Sabrina L. Williams

Although I was born in the UK, I moved to the Canary Islands, Spain at a young age and I haven't looked back. The Canaries is a fantastic place to live, I mean you can do all types of outdoor activities practically all year round because of the great weather. Horses are my poison but the islands are also a superb spot for water sports so they do attract a lot of attention from people around the world. Anyway, enough about that. Back in 2011, I made one of the biggest, scariest yet best decisions I'd ever made and set-up my own business in the middle of a recession. I love what I do as no two days are the same, plus Spanish law keeps me on my toes as it is constantly changing (often without warning!) so there is always something new to learn. As I've branched out in the world of Administrative Consultancy, I decided to create a blog to discuss topics of interest to others in my industry and my clients, share tips and experiences, to see what new ideas people have for improving their businesses and the like so I hope you'll find the time to join me on this venture...

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