We’re being asked questions about post covid Lanzarote all the time, so we’ve put all the information together for you in one place.

What’s Open?

Our guess is that about 60% of shops, bars and restaurants are currently open in the resort areas of the island. In the non-resort towns, it’s more like 90%. The rate of places opening fell away once the UK announced that they were advising against travel to Spain, and some places that had opened, closed once again.

Most the island’s beaches are open.

Some hotels and apartment complexes are now open, although some of the larger ones are delaying their opening until November. Privately owned villas and apartments are taking bookings and are almost all ready for guests.

Most of the little money exchange / drinks / cigarette shops are open, as are all supermarkets.

Everywhere will take cash, but card payment, ideally contactless, is preferred and safer for all.

Arrival

There are three steps on arrival:

1/ Your temperature will be taken – either via infra red scanners or hand held devices.

2/ You’ll need to present a QR code which is issued on completion of a form prior to travel.

3/ You will be observed by medical staff.

You must complete The FCS Health form prior to travel, which declares your health situation 48 hours  before travel and gives authorities here your contact details. Once completed, you will have a QR code, which you can present at the health desk on arrival here.

You’ll be expected to wear a mask inside the terminal.

You’ll go through temperature scanners to see if you have a fever, and you will be observed by medical staff.

If any of the three steps are a cause of concern, you’ll be asked to move into an isolation area, where you will be given a test for Covid 19. Assuming you test negative, you will be allowed on your way. If you test positive, you will be transported to isolation accommodation that has been set up for the purpose.

There are some food places open and the duty free shop is open at the airport.

Buses, Taxis & Car Hire

Buses are currently running to about 70% of their normal timetable. Masks must be worn on public transport.

Taxis are running normally, and are thoroughly and regularly cleaned.

If you are collecting a hire car, again, it will have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised prior to collection. Currently, most hire companies are only offering airport, rather than in resort, collection and drop off.

For buses, you will need the exact change to pay for your fare.

Mask Wearing

Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces at all times, unless eating or drinking. In practice, for the inside space in bars and restaurants, this means you should wear a mask when entering, leaving or visiting the rest rooms, but once sitting down with food or drink, you may remove them. Tables will be socially distanced, and a maximum group of ten are allowed at the table.

In shops and other indoor public areas, masks should be worn at all times. On public transport, masks should be worn at all times.

Outdoors, you are required to wear a mask at all times. The exemptions are:

  • When sunbathing and swimming, as long as you can maintain 1.5 metres from other people not from your household. In practice, this means once you are settled on the sand or your sunbed, you can remove your mask.
  • When out of population centres in natural spaces, as long as you can maintain 1.5 metres from other people. This means, for example, walking in the countryside, the mask isn’t required, but put one on if you come across other people on the trail.
  • When engaging in individual outdoor sports.
  • For people who have some type of illness or respiratory difficulty that may be aggravated by the use of the mask – For people who, due to their situation of disability or dependency, do not have the autonomy to remove the mask, or present behavioural alterations that make its use unfeasible. We advise having a doctor’s letter with a Spanish translation in this case.

Wearing a mask here is not a “recommendation.” It is the law and there is an on the spot fine for non compliance.

You can read the full boletin here: BOC Mask Wearing.

Groups of people

Gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed, indoors or outdoors.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed outdoors if you cannot maintain social distancing and smoking is not permitted while walking on the street.

Hotels

Hotels have strict rules for hygiene, and everything is set up to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres, in pools, sunbathing areas, bars, restaurants and communal areas.

Hotels are well set up for you to ensure a safe stay. Measures may include:

  • Staff being temperature checked daily and all using PPE
  • Screens at reception
  • Keys being disinfected between clients
  • Baggage management hygiene
  • Much longer gaps between clients using rooms
  • Through cleaning and disinfection of rooms
  • Special washing programmes for linen
  • Hand sanitiser in rooms and at key points throughout the hotel
  • Limited capacity and social distancing in restaurants
  • Social distancing in pools and sunbathing areas
  • Screens on buffets or table service in restaurants and bars

Currently, some hotels are still closed. These are the ones we have opening dates for: Which Hotels Are Open?

Villas and apartments

Owners should follow the hygiene rules and prepare for your arrival, leaving everything spotlessly clean and sanitised, bedding clean, and a supply of alcohol gel in the property.

Bars and restaurants

Tables will be kept 1.5 metres apart, so when eating and drinking, masks are not necessary. Staff will wear masks at all times. When using the rest rooms, or passing through to your table, you should wear a mask. Rest rooms are limited to one person per 4M2, so staff may ask you to wait to use them.

As there are limited numbers in restaurants, and currently not all are open, it makes sense to book in advance.

Payment in most places is preferred by card – contactless is the best choice.

Menus are not allowed to be re-used, so will either be disposable, or in most cases, via QR code. Have a code scanner on your phone, and it will open the menu for you.

Beaches

Separate areas for sunbeds and umbrellas will be set up, with 1.5 metres between those from different households. Collectors will be responsible for disinfecting beds between users, who are asked to place towels on the sunbeds and disinfect their hands before using them.

Some beaches do not have sunbeds currently. You can buy cheap inflatable sunbeds and even lightweight folding sunbeds from shops in the resorts. Playa Grande – the main beach in Puerto del Carmen has the sunbed service operating, properly socially distanced.

You should wear a mask going onto the beach or leaving it, but you can take it off to sunbathe or swim as long as you remain 1.5 metres from others.

Life guards are responsible for limiting overall numbers on beaches if necessary.

Supermarkets

Some will take your temperature on arrival, and all require masks. There are no limits on how many members of a family can go in at any one time.

You must wear a face mask in shops. 

All supermarkets on the island are open.

Tours and excursions

Some are working normally, but many are still closed. Check directly with the operators to find out if your tour is running.

The seven official attractions of the island are open – Timanfaya, Mirador del rio, Jameos del Agua, Cueva de los Verdes, Monumento Campesino, Jardin de Cactus and the museum of contemporary art.

The bottom line

In most cases you can rely on the staff and signage to tell you what you need to do, but that’s no substitute for using some common sense and taking responsibility for your own health and that of people around you.

  • Give other people as much space as you can
  • Wear a mask when out in public
  • Use hand sanitiser often and whenever you see it
  • Wash your hands thoroughly as often as you can
  • Report any symptoms as soon as you detect them

Let’s all work together to minimise the risk to everyone.

Also read Which Hotels are Opening When, In Lanzarote?

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