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Britons after some winter sun have been relieved by the news that the Canary Islands are back on the travel corridor list for England. Holidaymakers are now able to jet off to the hotspot without the requirement to quarantine on their return home.
However, holidaymakers must still follow rules put in place by local authorities in the Canary Islands.
Though a state of emergency has been announced throughout mainland Spain, the Canary Islands are not included due to their low coronavirus figures.
In order to maintain these levels, regional authorities have put in place a new “traffic light” system across the islands.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) warns Britons: “Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.”
How might the new restrictions impact upcoming holidays?
Tenerife has been placed on “red alert” which is the highest of the new traffic light systems.
This means closing time for hotels, restaurants terraces and bars is midnight.
No new customers can enter after 11pm.
Face masks are mandatory for everyone in all public spaces – both indoor and outdoor. This includes beaches and in swimming pools unless actively swimming.
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Large events are banned for groups larger than ten people.
Nightclubs also remain shut.
There are also stringent measures on smoking, with the public warned only to smoke in designated areas where social distancing can be observed.
The red alert in Tenerife will initially remain in place until November 6.
Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura
Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura all remain on “green alert” – the lowest level of alert according to the new tier system.
They are still subject to a number of regulations, however.
Bars, restaurants and terraces are allowed to stay open until a slightly later 1am.
No new customers may enter after midnight, though.
Nightclubs remain closed.
Social distancing is encouraged, with people told to socialise in groups of no more than ten people. This is an advisory by the health department, however, and is not a public order or law.
Much like in the rest of the Canary Islands, face mask rules remain strict.
Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces, regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors.
This includes around swimming pools, unless swimming, and on beaches.
There are also strict rules in place about designated smoking areas.
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