Spain holidays threatened as tourists face more restrictions in the Canary Islands

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The Ministry of Health has announced that the Spanish islands of Gran Canaria and La Palma will move to level four restrictions. This is due to rising Covid cases on the islands.

According to reports, hospitals on the island of Gran Canaria are under pressure with 26 percent of intensive care beds occupied.

In La Palma, local media have reported that there has been a significant increase in hospital patients.

The restrictions are due to be introduced from midnight on Saturday January 22 and will match those already in place in Tenerife.

Pubs and restaurants will be under a curfew and must close their doors at midnight every night.

Public transport will also be capped at 75 percent capacity to minimise the risk of transmission.

Up to six people are allowed to meet indoors or outside if they are not part of the same household group.

Covid passports are required to enter some venues including bars, restaurants, gyms and nightclubs.

Some beaches are subject to restrictions and in Tenerife, holidaymakers may be required to book an appointment to visit the beach.

Tenerife’s restrictions have put some British holidaymakers off travelling but others said the rules hadn’t impacted their plans.

Holidaymakers have shared photos of January holidays in Tenerife across social media with one saying: “Golden skies”.

Throughout Spain, facemasks are mandatory indoors, outdoors and on all public transport.

The popular Canary island holiday destinations of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote remain at the lower Covid alert level three.

La Gomera and El Hierro have the fewest restrictions for holidaymakers and are at alert level two.

On Tuesday, the Canary Islands recorded 5,549 cases of Covid with Tenerife reporting the most at 2,727.

Gran Canaria recorded 1,865 new cases while the smaller island of La Palma had 106 new cases.

La Palma was rocked by a volcanic eruption in 2021 which destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

The lava devoured many of the island’s banana plantations as well as important infrastructure.

Residents who have returned to the island are now faced with huge amounts of residual ash and lava to clear.

British tourists visiting Spain will need to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. Children under 12 are exempt.

Tourists will need to take a lateral flow test on or before two after arrival in the UK, which must be booked with an approved provider.

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