Vaccination Programme Breaks Records

The vaccination programme in Lanzarote has broken the record for the number of jabs given this week, and the island now has more than 55% of the population with one jab, and 30% fully vaccinated. At the current rate we should reach the target of 70% of the population fully immunised within a month.

Outdoor Mask Wearing May End This Month

Fernando Simón, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in the fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic in Spain, said in an interview this week that he hopes to be able to end outdoor mask wearing in Spain before the end of June. A modification to the mask wearing laws will mean that there will be no need for masks outdoors, as long as you can remain socially distanced from other people.

Homebuilt Catamaran Arrives In Lanzarote

A catamaran arrived in Arrecife this week, after the owner and builder sailed to the islands from Portugal. 45 year old Mikael Hambo built the curious boat in France and has spent the last two months sailing from there to Portugal and on to The Canaries. He plans to spend 10 days in Lanzarote, cycling around the island, before moving on to The Cape Verde Islands.

Workers Injured

Four men, who were working on the new civic centre construction in Costa Teguise, were injured this week when part of the roof came down while pouring concrete. Two were treated for mild injuries, but the other two were badly hurt and were taken to hospital in a “grave” condition. Both are now stable and out of danger.

Papagayo Campsite To Open

The campsite at Papagayo will open in July, on a date yet to be determined, and will remain open for the whole summer. The site has specific areas for motorhomes, tents and caravans. Numbers will be limited for to ensure social distancing.

Tabayesco Road Repair Out To Tender

There has at last been some progress on the Tabayesco road in the north of the island, which has been closed for more than two years due to the risk of landslides. Companies are currently tendering for the €577,000 contract, with work expected to start in July and to last for around 4 months.

Arrecife Blackout

Around 2,000 homes and businesses in Arrecife suffered an electricity blackout this week after a digger damaged a cable. The outage lasted just over an hour.

Active Covid Cases Drop Below 100

Active cases in Lanzarote dropped to 98 this week, compared to a peak of over 1100 in January. There are only five people in hospital with Covid currently.

More Awards For Lanzarote Wines

Bodegas El Grifo won two gold medals at the Bacchus International Wine Awards. Their George Glass and Moscatel de Ana, both dessert wines, won gold. Their Malvasía Seco Collección won a silver, as did Bodegas Martinón’s Malvasía Blanco Seco.

Cycling Day In Arrecife

Lanzarote en Bici organised a family cycling day in Lanzarote’s capital last weekend. More than 100 cyclists took part, testing out Arrecife’s new cycle lanes.

Spain’s Borders Open To Global Tourists

Spain opened borders to international tourists on 7th June. This opens up the important United States and South American markets. Visitors from countries classified as high risk will need to present vaccination of Covid test certificates on arrival. Those from low risk countries will just need to complete the SPTH entry to Spain form. Only vaccinations approved by the EU will be accepted. There still remain three countries prevented from entering Spain, because of variants – they are India, South Africa and Brazil.

Autonomous Bus Hits Problems

The Autonomous bus, which was being tested prior to going into service at Timanfaya has been removed so that technicians can investigate issues that arose during the test. The problem was that it kept stopping on the route, and despite manual intervention, it proved impossible to get it moving again.

High Temperatures This Week

The Canaries had a high temperature weather alert for the middle of this week. Daytime temperatures of 34 degrees, falling to 22 at night were expected.

Qatar Prince Coming To Lanzarote

Prince Nasser Al Attiyah of Qatar has entered the Volcano Rally, which takes place in Lanzarote on 6th and 7th August. The Prince is a previous winner of the Paris Dakar Rally and will be entering his Volkswagen Polo Gti R5 for the race here.

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