The Canary Islands’ Covid rules, including face masks and social distancing, could end in time for the summer holidays, according to a health official
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Under current Spanish regulations, face masks are mandatory on public transport, in most indoor public spaces and also outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Meanwhile, the islands operate an “alert system” that determines the severity of restrictions in certain regions; For example, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are on levels three and four respectively, which includes capacity restrictions in venues such as bars and nightclubs.
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However, the Canaries’ health director, José Juan Alemán, told local media that the Covid restrictions could be lifted by June, in time for the Santa Cruz Carnival in Tenerife.
He also confirmed that the Canary Islands’ traffic light system – which determines the severity of restrictions in certain regions – would “disappear”, although he did not give a date.
Mr. Aleman told COPE radio : “The likelihood of a new variant of the coronavirus causing the same problems as before is very small and it is entirely conceivable that there will be street parties and dances at the Santa Cruz Carnival in June, probably without masks.”
He added that “soon the traffic light of alert levels in the Canary Islands will disappear”.
Spain has already relaxed its Covid travel rules in recent weeks, which also affect travel to the Canary and Balearic Islands.
For example, while the country previously only welcomed fully vaccinated Britons for the holiday, this month rules were relaxed to allow it to visit unvaccinated Brits if they have proof of recovery from Covid.
The rules apply to anyone aged 12 and over, although in recent weeks Spain has also eased rules for unvaccinated youngsters aged 12 to 17, who can now visit provided they have a negative PCR test result and are traveling with vaccinated adults.
Other rules such as filling out a form before travel and requiring a QR code to show at border control are still in place.
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It’s also worth noting that you must have completed your vaccination course within 270 days (or nine months) to qualify as fully vaccinated, otherwise you will need a booster shot.
The good news for Brits considering a holiday in Spain is that there are plenty on offer as it is a popular travel destination.
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Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a travel destination before booking or traveling abroad.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/europe/canary-islands-look-end-covid-26377704 Canary Islands aim to end Covid rules including face masks in time for summer