The Government of the Canary Islands has requested this Tuesday to the Superior Court of Justice (TSJC) a curfew during New Year’s Eve, from January 1 to 2, as well as during the night of Kings (from January 5 to 6 ). The Regional Government Health Minister, Blas Trujillo, has indicated after the extraordinary Council that the TSJC has 72 hours to ratify this measure.
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The Executive has agreed, due to the advance of the pandemic in the Archipelago, which has a “high community transmission”, to prohibit movement and circulation on public roads in the islands at level 2 (La Gomera and La Palma) and 3 of health alert (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife) during these nights, which are one of the busiest during Christmas.
In this sense, the islands in level 2, in which the activity closes at 2.00 hours, the curfew would start from that time until 6.00 in the morning; and in those that are in level 3, from 1.00 to 6.00 hours.
Exceptions will be allowed, such as going out to buy medicine, go to a health center, go to work or take care of an elderly or minor, as well as the transfer to the usual home after finishing dinner.
As detailed by the Minister of Health, this decision is taken not only due to the indicators of the General Directorate of Public Health on the pandemic, but also has to do with the forecast that during those three nights there will be massive movements of the population.
The limitation of mobility on these dates, when the “volume of people is not the usual one”, has been agreed with the Canary Islands Federation (Fecai), the Canary Islands Federation of Municipalities (Fecam) and with the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands .
Police forces are depleted with significant casualties due to COVID, which also makes it necessary to adopt the limitation of mobility, he added.