Gran Canaria is currently out of lockdown but still maintains health and safety measures such as wearing masks, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The state of alarm began on 15th March 2020 and was extended several times, finally coming to an end on 21st June 2020.
How many cases of Coronavirus are there in Gran Canaria?
- There are currently 9 active cases of Coronavirus on Gran Canaria.
- There has been a total 608 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Gran Canaria and 39 deaths.
30th June 2020
How many cases of Coronavirus are there in The Canary Islands?
- There are currently 59 active cases of Coronavirus on the Canary Islands.
- There has been a total 2433 cases of COVID-19 in the Canary Islands with 162 deaths. Tenerife has the highest count of total confirmed cases at 1606.
30th June 2020
When was the first case of Coronavirus in Gran Canaria?
- The Consejería de Sanidad confirmed the first positive case of Coronavirus in Gran Canaria, Thursday 5th March 2020.
Gran Canaria Post Lockdown Safety Measures
Although the State of Alarm or Lockdown ended in Spain and the islands on 21st June 2020, there are still some health and safety measures in place.
These can change depending on the situation but please remember to respect them as the island has worked hard to keep the virus from spreading.
Please respect the rules given to you at the airports and wear a mask.
Masks must be worn on public transport, in shops, centers, supermarkets, banks.. and when a safe distance of 2 meters can’t be guaranteed between yourself and other people who are not members of your household. Shopping Centers and shops will have stands or hydrogel machines and supermarkets like Mercadona provide gloves and hydrogel to clean down the trolley handles before use.
When you go to a shop, restaurant or bar, there will be hand gel to use before you enter and some places may take your temperature first. When ordering food at a counter for example a takeaway, you should wear a mask. Obviously if you are eating or drinking you can take your mask off. When you use a toilet in a restaurant or bar you should pop your mask back on.
Sunbeds on the beach have been placed 2 meters apart, so you can sunbathe without your mask, just keep one in your bag in case you go to a public place or space that you can’t safely distance after that and for when you pass reception on the way back to your room.
Please pay attention to any specific rules in your accommodation such as wearing masks, poolside rules, maintaining distance and respect the staff by standing behind any dividers on reception desks or at the bar and restaurant.
Gran Canaria Lockdown Rules
Lockdown / State of Alarm ended on 21st June 2020.
Phase 1 – Monday 11th May 2020
As of Monday 11th May 2020, Gran Canaria can pass into Phase 1 of the lockdown as Spain acts on the de-escalation plan for the country. This is a summary of the rules, please make sure to read the official BOE statement and note that within 2 weeks these allowances can be changed and taken away depending on how successful the island is at keeping the curve flat.
There are many rules to note including the continued time slots for individual sports, walks with people you live with and taking children out for fresh air. As far as we understand, going to shops and supermarkets can be done any time of the day, respecting that 1 person per household is allowed in shops at a time. (Meaning don’t take your whole family to the supermarket)
Some shops under 400sqm and bars will be allowed to open provided they comply with the hygiene and safety laws; strict cleaning of toilets, no serviettes or condiments on tables and twice daily disinfecting of the work place. Workers will have to wash their uniforms or work clothes daily on 60º-90ºC degree wash and obviously not go to work if they have any symptoms of Coronavirus, as is the same for everyone.
Restaurants are now allowed to work on takeaway delivery basis if they comply with the rules. Allowing one person to pick up the food and server will be wearing protective coverings.
Up to 10 friends and or family will be able to meet at homes or on terraces of which will be reduced to 50% of usual capacity. Social distancing and hygiene is to remain in place when meeting friends and family, where that is not possible, you will need to wear a mask. Bars and terraces will need to keep 2 meters distance between tables and toilets must be cleaned after each client.
Hairdressers and salons can open, as long as the client and stylist are both wearing masks, hygiene and safety is observed and will be done on an appointment only basis.
Shopping Centers are not yet permitted to open although you may find some supermarkets within a center open like that of Superdino in Mogan Mall Puerto Rico. They take your temperature on the entrance, if you show a fever you will not be allowed inside.
Hotels can open but communal zones are off limits, such as swimming pools, gardens and restaurant areas. There is no news or official dates of the return of international tourism to Gran Canaria.
From 11th May people who live together will be allowed out in the same car without masks, up to 9 people.
UPDATE: Sunday 10th May 2020
We have now added the lockdown rules for Gran Canaria above, as of 11th May 2020 the island can move into Phase 1 of the de-escalation process.
Disclaimer: Please respect the rules and the fact that they may change from what is written in this blog post.
Monday 20th April 2020
State of Alarm extended until 9th May and children may be allowed outside for fresh air from 27th April with security measures.
According to the data from the Ministerio de Sanidad the latest Coronavirus statistics are as follows:
2067 total cases of Coronavirus in the Canary Islands since the start of the pandemic. 826 of those required hospitalization with 163 went to intensive care.
In Gran Canaria there are currently 530 confirmed cases and 31 deaths.
El Hierro island has gone a month without any new positive cases. In La Gomera, the last known positive case of COVID-19 was on 29th March 2020.
President Pedro Sánchez has once again extended the state of alarm until 9th May 2020. However, from 27th April, children may be allowed outside for fresh air.
The rules for children going outside still need to be clarified but it has been noted by Fernando Simon that this permitted outdoor time is NOT to play with their friends in the street, obviously for the risk of contagion.
Wednesday 8th April 2020
Sanidad have registered a total of 1758 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Canary Islands since 31st January 2020.
During this period 703 people have required hospitalization, 138 of those have needed intensive care.
From Monday 30th March it’s been noted that the number of patients being discharged from hospital is higher than the number of deaths.
A total of 368 health care workers have been diagnosed with COVID19.
There are now 441 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Gran Canaria. According to the website COVID-19 Canarias 249 of the island’s cases are in Las Palmas city.
35 are in San Bartolome de Tirajana (resorts in this municipality include Playa del Ingles, San Agustin, Maspalomas)
2 confirmed cases in the municipality of Mogán (covers Arguineguin, Puerto Rico, Taurito, Puerto de Mogán and Pueblo)
Friday 3rd April 2020
In the past few days the total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the Canary Islands has risen above 1,000. We now have 1490 known confirmed cases, 416 of those in Gran Canaria.
Friday 27th March 2020
There are currently 878 COVID-19 cases in the Canary Islands, 197 of those are in Gran Canaria.
Monday 9th March 2020
1:07 PM · Mar 9, 2020
4 Confirmed Cases of COVID19 in Gran Canaria
4 Italian ladies on holiday in Arinaga all tested positive, 2 are self isolating and 2 are in hospital.
Update from SanidadGobCan on Twitter:
In Gran Canaria there are 4 active cases of Coronavirus belonging to the same group of Italians. Of this group, 2 of them have been hospitalized and 1 of them is serious but stable within their severity.
? En Gran Canaria hay cuatro casos activos pertenecientes al mismo grupo de ciudadanas italianas. De estas personas, dos están hospitalizadas y una de ellas se encuentra grave, aunque estable dentro de su gravedad. Ambas presentaban patologías previas.— Sanidad Gobcan (@SanidadGobCan) March 9, 2020
Thursday 5th March 2020
First case of Coronavirus on the island of Gran Canaria Thursday 5th March
An Italian tourist has tested positive for COVID19 and at the moment is not presenting any symptoms of the virus. They are self-isolating at a property in Arinaga where they are staying.
The original tweet from SanidadGobCan:
? ACTUALIZACIÓN. Sanidad confirma un nuevo positivo por #COVID2019 en la isla de Gran Canaria. Se trata de una turista italiana que no presenta síntomas. Seguiremos informando.— Sanidad Gobcan (@SanidadGobCan) March 5, 2020
Here are the official recommendations from the Gobierno de Canarias on how to have a safe holiday in Gran Canaria and Canary Islands.
If you show symptoms of Coronavirus please stay in your home or accommodation and call 112.