Triumphant Day For Lanzarote Musicians
Musicians on the island put together a fantastic live concert last Sunday. In a 12 hour extravaganza, each artist had a 15 minute slot to perform live on Facebook. The effort was to raise money for the charity Emerlan. The original target of €10,000 was smashed well before the concert, and by Monday morning, over €43,000 had been raised! Lanzarote Musicians Unite.
Update 14th May – €50,000 raised – an astonishing result!
14 Day Quarantine For Arrivals Into Spain
A new order has been published, which comes into effect from this Friday 15th May and will last until the state of alarm finishes. Anyone entering Spain from abroad is required to spend 14 days in self isolation. Until now this has been a recommendation, but is now law. The only people currently allowed to travel into Spain from abroad are Spanish citizens and residents.
The state of alarm will have to be lifted before normal international flights start up again, so this will no longer apply at that stage.
Bars, Restaurants And Shops Opening Up
Smaller shops opened on Monday morning, for the first time since 15th March. Bars and restaurants were also able to open their terraces, to 50% capacity, allowing some semblance of normal social life to begin again on the island.
Lanzarote Requests Chance To Pilot New “Safe Flight” Scheme
The Cabildo of Lanzarote will officially request this week that the island be considered for a project being promoted by the World Tourism Organisation. Passengers can apply for a “Hi-Card” which will certify that they are Corona free. The Hi-Card will be a digital file stored on the user’s cell phone, with up to date medical information.
Commercial Flights Between Islands
Binter Canarias are starting up flights between the islands this week. There will be a twice weekly service between Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, with a fixed price of €88 and only half the normal capacity filled in each aircraft.
Discussions About Opening An “Air Corridor” With Ireland
Top level officials from Lanzarote’s tourism department met online with the team from the Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin last week. The Irish market is now the second largest for Lanzarote, and the meeting explored the possibility of re-opening tourism from Ireland as soon as the international borders re-open. Their next steps will be to have discussions with the relevant airlines, and follows similar meetings with airlines that fly from the UK.
Papagayo Campsite Opening Being Studied
The Cabildo are carrying out a study into opening the Papagayo campsite this summer, with a view to understanding how social distancing will work there if a decision to open it is taken. In 2019 it was open from June until September.
Read about the De-Escalation from lockdown.