Image: The Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero Water taxi.

Canary Islands Request That All Islands Move Into Phase Two

The Canarian government has officially requested that all the remaining islands not already in phase two of the de-escalation plan move into it next Monday 25th May. The request is expected to be confirmed later this week.

Football Pitch For Playa Blanca

A project to create a football pitch for Playa Blanca has been given the go ahead. The ayuntamiento has said that the town, with a  population of 13,000 needs a pitch to give local players the chance to play without travelling. The new pitch will have artificial grass and an irrigation system to keep dust down. The work should take 12 months and is expected to be ready for the 2021 / 22 season.

Lanzarote Airport Added To List Of Those That Can Accept International Flights

Lanzarote has been added to the list of 13 airports across Spain that can accept international flights. Currently, under the state of alarm, these flights are only carrying cargo, medical personnel and residents returning to their homes, or for any medical emergencies. But it does mean that it will be ready to go when the international borders open.

Work Continues On Lani’s New Shopping Centre

Grupo Lani’s has restarted work on the shopping centre they are building opposite Lani’s suites. The centre will have underground parking for around 100 cars, some reserved for hotel guests, a floor of offices and a floor of high-end shops. The project has a budget of €1.5 Million.

Masks Made Compulsory

The health ministry has announced that the wearing of masks in certain circumstances will become compulsory in Spain effective 21st May. The use of masks is compulsory in closed public spaces and also anywhere outside where it is not possible to maintain two metres social distancing.

Buses To Start Charging From Monday

The bus service in Lanzarote, which has been at greatly reduced capacity since the start of the lockdown, will return to a much higher capacity from this Monday, as we move into phase 2, and fares will be re-introduced. Bono cards and exact change only will be accepted for payment.

Islands To Pilot Tracking App

The Canary Islands will pilot a tracking app to keep track of people’s movements and provide alerts if they have be in close contact of a Coronavirus carrier. The app has been developed to work across Europe. The Canary Islands Health Department said: “Knowing how the virus moves in a certain region helps, in the first place, to be able to take measures in the de-escalation and the return to normality, but also to quickly stop possible outbreaks of the virus, by quickly isolating those infected.”

Political Parties Unite

The pandemic has brought together the two main political parties in Lanzarote. Former President of the Cabildo Pedro San Ginés has given his full support to the current incumbent, Dolores Corujo as she seeks to have the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura treated as an “eastern annexe” in the Canary Islands economic rebuilding plan. The two eastern islands receive more than 50% of their GDP from tourism, a higher percentage than the more western islands.