SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 24 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Government Council of the Canary Islands has agreed this Thursday to suspend all regional restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, starting on Saturday and temporarily until April 30, although it leaves the door open to reconsider the position if the epidemiological indicators worsen.
The Deputy Minister of the Presidency, Antonio Olivera, has detailed in a press conference that the de-escalation is still being done “with caution” because the legal framework associated with the pandemic is not repealed, the measures are only suspended given that “the virus is still present”. “We keep moving forward but let’s not relax completely,” he added.
Thus, starting at dawn this Saturday, capacity, closing times and the limitation of the number of people in catering establishments are eliminated, mass events no longer need prior authorization and festivals and popular festivals are allowed.
Olivera has also pointed out that the ban on smoking and drinking in the street is lifted and both cultural and sports activities can be carried out under the same conditions as before the pandemic.
The deputy minister has endorsed this decision based on the good indicators presented by hospital pressure and the Accumulated Incidence among those over 60 years of age, the high percentage of the vaccinated population –above 80 percent– and the arrival in Spain of the first drug to fight the disease.
However, it has specified that the use of the mask is maintained, both indoors and outdoors if the social distance is not kept, since its regulation is the responsibility of the central government.