PUBLISHED: 20:19, Thu, Aug 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:59, Thu, Aug 13, 2020
In a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Canary Islands has banned nightlife in enclosed spaces and ordered the obligatory use of masks in both indoor and outdoor public spaces. The new ban includes within hotels and restaurant establishments, including bars and cafes.
The regional government has also ordered the mandatory use of masks in all spaces, both closed and open, regardless of whether the safety distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained.
It says it has to adopt "more demanding preventive measures in order to preserve people's health and the economy".
The Canary Islands is the community with the most favourable cumulative incidence of cases in the entire country, with 22.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, but as across Spain, the Canaries are still suffering from new coronavirus outbreaks.
The islands' leaders say there has been a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in the archipelago in the last week, especially in those under 30 years of age and linked to nightlife. Currently, in the Canary Islands, there are 28 active outbreaks, with 268 cases and 745 close contacts identified and in quarantine.
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Canary Islands: A new ban is set to hit hotels, restaurants and night clubs (Image: Getty Images)
The Canary Islands already have a number of strict rules in place on beaches (Image: Getty Images)
"On July 31, there were 15 active outbreaks in the Canary Islands, involving 157 confirmed cases and more than 500 close contacts identified and quarantined. In other words, in two weeks the number of people being traced for outbreaks has increased by 50 percent," said a government spokesman.
"Faced with this situation, the Governing Council has decided to adopt new restrictive measures proportional to the risk and aimed at those areas or sectors in which the risk of transmission must be reduced."
The new mask rule is in place for persons aged six years and older and is applicable to visitors and locals.
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