Spain holidays: Canary Islands exempt from new lockdown – but Benidorm still under curfew


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The Canaries is one of the communities with the lowest incidence of coronavirus.

UK holidaymakers can now travel to the islands off the coast of northwestern Africa and not have to quarantine on their return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps shared the announcement this week as the archipelago was added to the ‘safe’ list along with Mykonos, the Maldives and Denmark.

And now, under the new rules, nor will tourists have to follow the curfew imposed on the rest of Spain.

READ MORE: Spain holidays: Latest travel advice for Spain, Canaries and Balearics

The Canary Islands are also exempt from the restrictions on travel between regions in a bid to aid the tourism sector.

The new national state of emergency or alarm was approved by the Cabinet this morning.

The curfew is being put in place to cut down on night-time socialising.

Regional leaders will have the power to alter the local curfews an hour either way but will not have the power to lift them and set their own travel restrictions.

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a press conference today that the aim is to reduce the rate of coronavirus in Spain to 25 cases per 100,000 people: the current figure is 362 per 100,000.

The UK’s threshold for allowing a country back onto the travel corridor list is understood to be 20, meaning it’s unlikely Spain will be exempt from restrictions on non-essential travel any time soon.

The Balearic Islands also remain on the quarantine list, with the Balearic government among ten autonomous communities which requested the state of emergency.

“We must limit our mobility and reduce our social relations,” said Sanchez at the briefing.

“We must show social discipline and return to being exemplary. Only united will we be able to defeat the virus.”

The various regions of Spain will be able to dictate their own mobility rules, including entry or exit to their territory, and can also restrict the hours of commercial premises, especially those related to the hospitality industry, as well as in shopping centres, gyms and so forth.

The state of alarm establishes the restriction of social gatherings to six people.

Gardens and outdoor recreation areas may only be open from 8am until 10pm.

With respect to the hotel and catering establishments, customers have to be at tables, never at the bar and the tables will be for a maximum of six people. Furthermore, stores will close at midnight.

Meanwhile, the sale of alcohol is prohibited between 10pm and 8am, except in hotels and restaurants.

“It will be an effort, we know, but what is the alternative? We know it too well and we do not want it,” said Valencia president Ximo Puig.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.


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