Atlantic Park To Open In July

The new sports complex in Playa Blanca, Parque Atlantico, will open during July. It will feature tennis and panel courts, a calisthenic area, a playground and a cafeteria. Work has progressed well, and the final elements – lighting, pavements and finishing the car park are the only jobs remaining to be finished.

ERTE Scheme Extended

The ERTE scheme, which pays staff salaries for workers laid off due to Covid, was due to end on 31st May. The scheme has now been extended until 30th September, with some detail changes to the way it operates.

Change In Test Requirements From Mainland

The Canarian government has changed the rules for people travelling from mainland Spain to The Canaries. Currently, all travellers coming from the peninsular must provide a Covid test certificate on arrival in The Canaries. As of next week, when the official boletin is published, those who have been fully vaccinated at least 15 days prior to travelling will no longer need to provide one.

Plane Crash Exercise Went Well

Emergency services in Lanzarote rehearsed how to deal with an aircraft crash this week. The scenario was that two aircraft collided in mid air, one coming down in the ocean and the other forcing a landing in Tabayesco. A command and control centre was set up in Arrieta and over 200 personnel took part. Their first task was to locate victims, and then render emergency treatment.

Islands Pass One Million Vaccinations

The Canaries have now delivered more than one m million doses of the Covid vaccine into arms, in an important milestone towards reaching the objective of having 70% of the population vaccinated during the summer.

Kitesurfer Dies At Famara

A 30 year old kite surfer, Pablo Duran,  died after crashing into rocks at Famara last weekend. He was caught by a very strong gust of wind and lost control. Paramedics stabilised him, but he died on hospital, having suffered a brain injury. Pablo, originally from Santander,  lived on the island and was a well known local kitesurf enthusiast.

April Best Month For Cruise Visitors

April was the best month for cruise visitors to the island since ships were allowed back into port last November. So far this year, a total of 21,806 tourists have visited Lanzarote on cruise ships.

Gym Outbreak Finally Contained

The outbreak of Covid which started in a  gym in Arrecife has reached the end of the track and trace process. A total of 156 people contracted the disease as a result, making it the largest ever outbreak on the island, and at one stage accounting for more than half of the active cases.

High Winds Continue

High winds have continued to batter the island over the last few days, and a yellow warning remains in place until Monday 24th May. Gust of over 70kmh were recorded on Saturday.

New Shopping Centre For Arrecife Will Be Lanzarote’s Largest

The Garavilla shopping centre in Arrecife, which is nearing completion, will be the island’s largest and will have 70 shops and 11 restaurants, and 958 parking spaces.

Occidental Hotels News

The two Occidental Hotels in Costa Teguise, the Lanzarote Mar, and the Lanzarote Playa, have announced their plans for re-opening. The Mar will re-open in June, and The Playa, which is undergoing a refurbishment, sometime in early 2022.

The image above was taken in a previous year, of Ironman, which normally takes place at this time of year on the island.