Business Circle Demands Higher Penalties For Covid Rule Breakers

The Lanzarote Business Circle, a group of business owners on the island has called for stronger sanctions against those found breaking covid rules. This follows a dramatic increase in the number of infections on the island since Christmas, when it was reported that family groups as large as 45 people got together. They cite the fact that these rising infections threaten our tourist market at a time when almost all hotels are already closed, over 2,000 self employed entrepreneurs have already ceased trading and 20,000 people in Lanzarote are on the government ERTE support scheme.

Hospital Increases ICU Beds

Arrecife Hospital normally has 10 ICU beds, but this numbers been increased to 21 to allow for an influx on serious covid cases. The hospital has announced the overall number could be increased further by using other resources.

Ryanair Cuts Madrid Flights

Ryanair’s daily flight between Madrid and Lanzarote has long been an important connection for the island and is usually heavily booked. However, with the reduction in business and other travel between the island and the peninsular, the airline has decided to cut down to two flights per week.

Tabayesco Road Project Approved

The project to repair and re-open the road from Arrieta to Tabayesco has finally received approval. Tenders are out for the work, which will repair the slopes in three sections of the road to make it safe again. The cost will be €575,000.

Lanzarote Moves To Level 4 This Weekend

Lanzarote will be moved to Level 4 of Covid restrictions with effect from Saturday morning, due to rising Covid numbers on the island. Previously, there was no level 4, but The Canarian Government have created one to deal with the fast changing situation. You can read what it means here: Level 4.

End Of Year Figures Stark

ISTAC, the institute of statistics on the island, has released figures which show that in 2020, hotels and apartment complexes took around €202 Million in revenue, compared to over €700 million the previous year – as staggering 70% reduction. Puerto del Carmen remained the most popular resort, with Playa Blanca in second place and Costa Teguise trailing in third.

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