Over the next few weeks, Spain will be gradually easing out of the special measures adopted – The Lanzarote Lockdown. We’ll constantly update this article to give you the information as it changes.
Update 25th May. Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that the government will be flexible on the 14 day period originally agreed between phases, and suggested some regions will move much faster through the remaining phases of de-escalation.
Update 23rd May. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced today that international tourism will start in Spain in July. Details here: Borders Opening in Spain.
When will I be able to visit Lanzarote for a holiday?
Nationals tourism (within Spain) will start un June and International tourism will begin again in July 2020. At this stage we don’t know the exact date or from which countries. Details here. Borders opening.
Update 25th May: The 14 day self isolation period for anyone travelling into Spain from abroad ends on 1st July.
Compulsory Wearing Of Masks. Effective Thursday 21st May, the wearing of masks in closed public places becomes compulsory for those over six years. This also applies to open public spaces, only where two metres social distancing is not possible.
Exclusions are during sports, and for those with medical conditions which affect breathing.
Update 22nd May 2020
Lanzarote, and all the other Canary Islands still in Phase One, WILL move to Phase two on Monday 25th May. You can see what that means below the red box:
Update 21st May 2020.
The state of alarm across Spain has been extended by a further two weeks and is now due to last until 7th June. The state of alarm is the legal mechanism under which central government in Madrid is able to dictate policy to the autonomous regions.
Lanzarote, together with the other islands currently in phase one, has made a formal request to move into phase two of the de-escalation process, which should be approved to start on Monday 25th May.
Update 18th May 2020
A new boletin has been released detailing what is allowed in Phase 2. BOE. We have summarised it further below.
Update 17th May 2020
It has been confirmed that the island of La Graciosa will move into Phase two of the lockdown at midnight tonight.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has confirmed he will ask congress for a one month extension to the state of alarm in order to take all of Spain through to the end of lockdown by late June. His proposal will be debated and voted on this coming Wednesday.
Update 8th May 2020 – Lanzarote Approved into Phase One from Monday 11th May
The government has announced that Lanzarote, together with all the remaining Canary Islands, can move into Phase One of the de-escalation from Lockdown, with effect from Monday 11th May.
While making the announcement, Health Minister Salvador Illa, reiterated the need for social distancing and for maintaining hygiene measures. He said Spain has reached 0.5% contagion and has managed to “bend the curve.” He reiterated that we have to consolidate what has been achieved by the lockdown, which has been successful in consolidating the epidemic.
Autonomous communities moving into Phase One, will be allowed to adapt time slots to suit their conditions, maintaining separation of at risk groups.
About 51% of the population of Spain has successfully passed into Phase One of the de-escalation process. All of the Canary Islands are part of this group.
From Fernando Simon, Head of the CCAES “Those parts of Spain that have not achieved the criteria for Phase One, will be reviewed on 18th May.”
Update 8th May 2020 – Lanzarote Has Applied To Move To Phase One
Lanzarote, together with all the other Canary Islands, has made a formal application to enter Phase One on Monday 11th May, based on the fact that we have achieved the criteria. On either Friday or Saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will confirm which areas will move, and also add critical detail to what we can and cannot do in the new phase. We will update here as soon as the news is announced.
Update 6th May – All Islands Apply To Move To Phase One
All the islands submitted applications to Madrid to move to Phase One on Monday 11th May. The State of Alarm was also extended to 24th May, which will allow Madrid to continue to control the phased easing from lockdown.
Update 30th April – Everyone Allowed Out To Take Exercise
The minister for health announced that all residents are allowed out for an hour each day to take some exercise. Details here: Allowed out in Lanzarote.
Update 28th April – Prime Minister Speaking To The Nation About The Deconfinement Plan
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gave a live address to the nation. He told us that the deconfinement plan will take between 6 and 8 weeks and will be driven by region and by medical data.
Each phase will last two weeks, so that the effect can be gauged. Each province will be moved onto the next phase when previously agreed markers about infections and health service capabilities have been reached.
Inter-province mobility will not be allowed until the whole of Spain has reached phase three. Teleworking, where possible, should be the standard until phase three is reached.
This information here is all based on the speech by Pedro Sanchez. The detail will follow, as usual in the official bulletin. That will cover things like how long people can exercise for, what times of day etc. As soon as it’s published, we’ll carry the full details.
The past and future phases.
Phase Zero – From 4th May to 11th May
- Retail businesses of under 400 M2 may open by appointment only. One client per employee. Over 65’s only between 1000 and 1200 and 1900 and 2000.
- One daily walk is permitted between 0600 and 1000 or 2000 to 2300 for those over 14, accompanied by one person from the same household, within 1KM of home.
- For adults 70 or over, the times are 1000 to 1200 or 1900 to 2000.
- For children, their walk is between 1200 and 1900 for one hour, accompanied by a parent. Maximum three children together. Dogs may be taken
- As an alternative to a walk, citizens can do a solo sports activity within their allotted hours, staying in municipality and not driving to the start.
- Professional athletes can do individual sport at any time, within municipality.
- Restaurants can open for pre-ordered take away service only for clients to collect
- Businesses must be thoroughly cleaned twice per day, fitting rooms after every use.
- Bathrooms in shops and stores should not be used
- Apart from food and essentials, travel within municipality, unless impossible to get what you need, then nearest municipality.
- Masks compulsory on public transport.
Phase One from 11th May to 25th May
- Free mobility within the island to travel to buy food, visit shops or bar and restaurant terraces.
- People from the same household can travel in cars together. Maximum nine people, if the car has nine seats. People from different households can travel together in cares as long as they wear masks.
- The existing time slots for walking and individual exercise remain in place. The Cabildo has now stated that the same schedules and geographical limits are to remain the same as in Phase Zero, which means within 1KM of home for walks, and sports only in municipality.
- Small retail businesses of under 400 M2 are allowed to open, with strict social distancing measures and to a maximum of 30% capacity. Shops must have a schedule for over 65’s. Shopping centres will remain closed.
- Car dealers, ITV centres and garden centres can open by appointment only.
- Hotels and tourist accommodation can open, with communal areas remaining closed, initially only to citizens from the island.
- Friends and family, up to a maximum of 10 people, can meet up in the open air or at home, respecting a social distancing of 2 metres. Everyone is reminded to respect hygiene measures such as hand washing.
- Restaurants and cafés can open their outdoor terraces to up to 50% capacity. Two metres between tables, and maximum group size of 10. Table service only. Strict hygiene rules to be observed by bars, disinfecting tables after each client, washing staff clothing daily etc. Ayuntamiento can choose to relax rules on using pavements to allow establishments to increase the size of their patio temporarily.
- Outdoor markets on public roads are able to open. 25% of the usual number of stalls and visitors limited to 30% of the usual number.
- Agricultural and commercial fishing activities can restart. Sport fishing remains banned.
- Religious sites can re open to a maximum of 30% capacity.
- Public transport increases, with compulsory wearing of masks.
- Teleworking, where possible should be adopted for staff.
- Funerals can be held with a maximum of 15 attendees.
- Added 17th May: From 18th May, shops over 400M2 can open and sports and recreational fishing and hunting can restart.
Phase Three – Possible from 8th June*
The minimum duration of the deconfinement is 6.5 weeks.
There will be no limits on mobility within Spain at this stage. Citizens and residents of Spain will be able to travel throughout the country.
Restaurants and bars will be able to go to 50% maximum capacity.
The “New Normal” – Possible from 22nd June*
Easing out of phase three will take us to the new normal, but at this stage there is no detail on how that will look.
Sanchez went on to say that there is “No GPS” to guide us and that we will learn as we go along, so things may change. He emphasised the sacrifice that all citizens have made and will continue to make. “Until there is a vaccine, and we can revert to normal, we must be all act to prevent further infections,” he said.
*The dates given for each phase are the earliest date a region can reach it and are based on several factors including infection rate and health service capacity.
It’s probable that Lanzarote will move to each phase as early as possible, as we have a very low infection rate.
No information was given about the likely opening of Spain to international travellers. Our view is that decisions will be taken on this subject once most of Spain has reached phase three.
Update 27th April – Mass Antibody Tests Begin
Spain will test for anti bodies on 90,000 citizens, starting this week. In Lanzarote, 1020 people have been selected for the tests, which will show, in about 15 minutes, the presence or not of Covid 19 antibodies. The test will be repeated on the same people in three weeks and again in six weeks time.
The aim is to create a clearer picture of how many people have immunity across the population, and how long that immunity lasts.
Update 26th April – Next Steps to De-escalation on 2nd May
PM Pedro Sanchez announced in a press conference on Saturday that the country will take the next steps on deconfinement on 2nd May, and that the government would announce the plan and stages to do so next Tuesday. He said that there will be regional differences as part of the plan, and that it will be slow and steady. Each step will based on regions achieving certain “indicators,” which will be clearly communicated to the public.
He also said that as long as the evolution of the epidemic is favourable, adults would be allowed to go out to exercise from 2nd May.
Update 25th April – Children Allowed Out From Tomorrow
It has now been confirmed via an official bulletin – children across Spain will be allowed out from Sunday 26th April, for the first time since 14th March.
The rules are:
- Between 0900 and 2100 and for one hour
- Must be from a home that is not in quarantine for coronavirus
- Aged up to 14 years and accompanied by an adult from the same household
- A maximum of three children per adult
- Must keep 2 metres social distancing from other people they come across
- On public roads and in green areas, but not to children’s playgrounds, which remain closed
- No more than 1KM from home
Update 23rd April – Canaries Asking For Special Lockdown Release
The Canarian government has put forward to Madrid, a package of proposed deconfinement measures they would like to implement from 27th April. This is based on the fact that the islands have the lowest incidence of the virus in Spain.
Note these are what is being REQUESTED, and are subject to approval by Madrid next Sunday.
The proposal is for 4 stages, over 4 weeks. Initially, adults without children will be able to leave their homes on alternate days and at specific times. They will also be able to exercise, within 1KM of their homes and again at certain times. Some shops will be allowed to open.
The second stage includes more shops and gyms being able to open, access being permitted to beaches and second homes permitted.
The third and fourth stages include opening restaurants to 50% capacity, and then hotels, again, at low capacity, together with inter island travel. As each stage is completed, any increase in virus cases will be monitored, and a decision will be taken on whether to move forwards or back to the previous state.
The detail is still sketchy, and some of it will be thrashed out in Sunday’s discussions with central government.
There is no information at this stage as to when the islands will open to international visitors, but it has been suggested that initially, they will have to provide a negative PCR test before being allowed to travel from their home countries.
Update: The meeting to discuss deconfinement has been pushed to Monday. Madrid seems to be suggesting that autonomous regions will not be allowed to start their own deconfinement process. The picture’s quiz confused at the moment, but we’ll update when and only when, we’re sure.
Update 23rd April – New Rules Allowing Children Outside
The terms under which children will be allowed outdoors from 26th April have been confirmed. Children under 14 years old can go out with a parent with whom they live, for up to one hour each day between 0900 and 2100. They are not allowed to visit play areas, and must stay within 1KM of their homes, and not meet up with people from outside the household.
Update 21st April – Government U Turn
In an extraordinary U-Turn, a government spokesman has now confirmed that children up to 14 will now be allowed out each day from 27th April, in order to go for a walk, and get some fresh air. He went on to say the details would be confirmed in the coming days.
This seems to be a direct response to widespread condemnation of the original plan to only allow children out with a parent, and only to go shopping, to the farmacia or the banks.
Social media lit up with parents across the nation who felt taking their children to a supermarket would be far more dangerous than taking them for a walk, where they could maintain social distancing.
Update 21st April – First relaxation of measures
A spokesperson for the government updated press after the Council of Minister’s meeting today.
She confirmed that children under 14 will be allowed out of their homes from 27th April, accompanied by an adult that lives in the same house. The idea is that they can accompany the adult on permitted trips to the bank, food store etc.
Children between the ages of 14 and 18 will also be allowed out on their own, but again, only to do the things we can currently do – buy food, visit a farmacia, go to the bank. They will need to carry authorisation from a parent.
This, together with the extension of the lockdown to 9th May, will now go to Congress for approval.
Canarian President Interview 21st April
In an interview with El Mundo, Canarian President Ángel Víctor Torres suggested that The Canary Islands cannot afford to keep hotels closed until the end of 2020, and that The Canaries have been hardest hit region economically, while we have had the lowest incidence of the virus in all of Spain.
He went on to suggest he hopes that he hoped that hotels will be able to open in three phases:
Phase One: Internal island tourism
Phase Two: National tourism with strong controls at the airport
Phase Three: International tourism
Pushed for a timetable, Torres made it clear that dates have not yet been set, but he did suggest that national tourism “could” start in July, but his current thinking is that international tourism may have to wait until October or November.
PM Address 18th April
The first steps towards recovery have been announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in an address to the nation on 18th April. At the same time as announcing a further extension to the lockdown, until 9th May, he also confirmed that children will for the first time be allowed out of their homes, accompanied by an adult. Both the extension, and the easing regarding children, are subject to approval by congress next week.
At this stage there is no more information available – the detail will be thrashed out in a virtual meeting with ministers. We’ll publish it here as soon as we know more.
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