Wizz Air New Base & Flights From Gatwick
Wizz Air UK has announced that it is opening a new base at London Gatwick Airport, and will be flying between there and Lanzarote three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – introducing more competition into the low cost flights sector to the island.
Teguise Market Not Re-Opening Soon
Eugenio Robayna, from Teguise town hall has explained that the Sunday market at Teguise will not be re-opening soon. The issue is that it is impossible to cordon off the market area from residences in the town, or to create a “one way” system with a single entrance and exit, which is required in the current situation. There was a plan to open the market on a small scale in the middle of August, but it was shelved when social distancing rules were tightened once again. It will be reviewed again as soon as rules change.
Papagayo Entrance Closed Due to Crowds…..
The entrance to the Papagayo beaches had to be closed last Sunday as thousands headed to the beaches. The car parks were filled with 1700 cars, and a decision was taken not to allow any more people through due to the need for social distancing.
..And La Garita
Play La Garita in Arrieta was also closed this week when it reached the maximum capacity allowed to enable bathers to keep socially distanced.
Olive Harvest Set To Exceed 5,000 Kilos
Lanzarote’s fledgling olive industry is set for a bumper year, with a harvest of 5,000 kilos expected. The olives will be processed into 100% Lanzarote olive oil and are expected to yield about 600 litres.
Hospitality Industry Predicts A “Black Autumn”
The President of the Hospitality Association in Spain has warned that the sector faces a black autumn. He said that around 15% of Spain’s small bars & restaurants have already closed their doors permanently, and that the figure could reach 25% by the end of the autumn.
Germany Continues Green Light For Canaries
The German government have continued to green light holidays to The Canaries for it’s citizens, separating the islands out from the mainland of Spain.
Bar Rules Tightened
A new set of rules for bars has been announced. Bars and restaurants must now close at 1AM, and stop allowing new customers in at midnight. Late night venues and night clubs are to close down. This follows contact tracing which has put several of the Covid cluster down to late night drinking venues.
Monkey Party Created Largest Covid Cluster
A party, called Monkey Beach on Tour, which took place at a night venue in Puerto del Carmen on 1st August, helped create the island’s largest Covid closer to date. So far, 14 people who attended have tested positive, but there are 69 others being monitored and followed up.
Woman Arrested For Abducting Her Child From USA
An Australian woman has been arrested in Lanzarote after an Interpol warrant was issued by The United States. She allegedly abducted her daughter from the US a year ago, fleeing to Mexico, Columbia and Madrid, before settling here in Lanzarote. Her daughter has been placed in child care on the island.
Helicopter Rescue At Charco del Palo
A helicopter was scrambled to Charco del Palo this week after a minor got into trouble in rough seas while swimming. She was winched to safety and taken to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.