Air Crash Exercise On 26th May
Emergency services will be carrying out an air crash simulation next week to test and practice their skills at dealing with a major incident. the simulation will involve two aircraft crashing in the north of the island, one coming down in Tabayesco and the other in the ocean.
100 Days Away From Group Immunity
Health Minister Fernando Simón told press this week that Spain should reach group immunity from Covid on 18th August, when 70% of the population will be full vaccinated.
End Of Mask Wearing Outdoors May Be Possible Soon
In the same conference, Simón said that we may be in a position to end mask wearing outdoors “soon,” as long as we can maintain social distancing. He mentioned that this step took place is Israel when they reached 50% of the population fully vaccinated. Spain will reach that landmark in early July.
Sports Outbreak Reaches 140 Cases
The Covid outbreak that started in an Arrecife gym has resulted in 140 positive tests, more than half the active cases on the island. As a result numbers have increased in Lanzarote, but the number in hospital has remained stable.
Floresta Hotel Opening
The Floresta Hotel will be re-opening on 17th June, and has had an extensive refurbishment while it was closed.
Hooded Men In House Raid
Three hooded men raided two properties in La Vegueta last week, tying up some of the occupants and assaulting a lady, who ended up with a broken arm. Some reports suggest they may have been armed. In the event, they fled without stealing any property, and police are currently following up on leads in the hope of making an arrest.
Netherlands Green Light Canaries
The Netherlands have changed the status of the islands in their latest covid travel update, meaning their citizens will not need a PCR test or require self isolation when returning home after a break in The Canaries. German and Danish travellers will also no longer require any self isolation after returning home.
Islands Marketing To Domestic Market
The Canary Islands are focusing marketing on tourism from mainland Spain for summer 2021. A team from the islands, including Lanzarote’s Cabildo President, Maria Dolores Corujo, are attending the Fitur tourism event in Madrid.
Lanzarote Airport Has Best Month So Far This Year
Just under 100,000 passengers arrived into Lanzarote Airport in April, making it the best month so far this year, up 15% on the March figure. So far in 2020, 321,903 people have arrived in Lanzarote, mainly from EU countries.
Police Up Patrols Following End Of Curfew
Police on the island were very evident on Friday night – the first weekend since the curfew ended. Their aim was to ensure there were no late night bottle parties, but the night passed without incident.
Tests For Hunters
For the first time, Lanzarote will require people to sit an exam and get a licence to hunt on the island on specific days. The tests include both theory and practical elements.
90kmh Winds Batter Lanzarote
A gust of 93kmh was recorded at the airport on Friday, as the island was battered by strong winds. The winds caused a series of issues, including falling street lamps, traffic lights and trees.
The good news was that the strong winds generated the highest ever amount of electricity from the island’s wind turbines, covering more than one third of the total demand from wind power alone.
New Pontoon For La Graciosa
The reception pontoon at the harbour in La Graciosa, which was first built in the 1980’s, will be replaced with a new one, as part of a €236,000 modernisation project reflecting the massively increased tourism to the 8th island.
Arrieta Pier Damaged Again
The pier at Arrieta, which was only finally opened last week, has once again been damaged by the strong winds. It has been closed for repairs.
Prison For Speeding Motorcyclist Clocked at 235kmh
A man has been sentenced to two years in prison, and the loss of his driving licence, after being clocked travelling at 235kmh (146mph) in San Bartolomé, on a motorcycle. He was travelling on the San Bartolomé to Tinajo road. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 80kmh in Spain often results in a prison sentence, and in this case, the defendant was also charged with reckless driving.
Drop In Total Car Fleet
The number of cars on the roads of Lanzarote has been growing consistently for decades. But for the first time, the total has fallen in the first quarter of 2021. The total number of cars in circulation at the end of March was 129,835, down from a record 131,200 this time last year.
Image: The Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero Water taxi.