Mandatory COVID certificates at alert levels 3 and 4 deemed “undoubtedly necessary”: The Canary

The measure, which entered into force on December 25, can thus remain active for an additional month, until February 24, and will be subject to monitoring and evaluation, without prejudice to the possibility of requesting a further extension. , depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. situation.

The resolution issued by the TSJC Chamber states that “current circumstances undoubtedly make the requested extension necessary” under the report published by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Islands Health Service, examining the upward trend infections, with no clear signs of the beginning of stabilization of the epidemiological situation in the Canary Islands. The community contagion of COVID-19 has entered a phase of persistent and progressive transmission, with very high penetration of the Omicron variant in newly diagnosed cases.

The purpose of this temporary regulation is to attempt to establish exceptional measures, to monitor and control the status of persons who access certain types of establishments, facilities or activities considered to present a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19, in order to stem its spread. .

Access conditions

Access to establishments, facilities or activities for public use, in accordance with standard licenses, requires certified proof of non-infection with COVID-19 for users (customers, contractors and staff) over the age of 12 and 3 month. This is a legal requirement throughout the region, for all islands level 3 or higher.

  1. Accreditation is done by simply showing (acceptable) proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for an active infection, which was performed by a legally authorized clinician or laboratory up to 48 hours in advance. , self-diagnostic tests are not eligible.

  2. This accreditation can be replaced, either by voluntarily showing full vaccination accreditation, by showing an official certificate in accordance with the provisions of the vaccination strategy against COVID-19 in Spain, at least 14 days after the last dose of a vaccination schedule full.

  3. Or finally with voluntary proof of having already had and recovered from the disease no less than 11 and no more than 180 days before, always displaying an official certificate.

Accreditation can be done by showing one of the selected certificates, in digital or paper format, to the persons designated for access control by the owner or manager of the establishment, facility or activity , to confirm their verification.

At the entrance to the establishments, installations or activities, in a visible space, made available to the public, there must be a poster informing about the compulsory nature of this documentation in order to have access to it, as well as confirming that no personal health data is not kept by the establishment.

Establishments, facilities or activities for public use for which access accreditation will be required

Accreditation will be required for access to the following types of establishments, facilities or activities for public use, whether public or private:

Hotel and restaurant establishments open to the public, with an opening license capacity of over 30 people. The canteens (and not the cafeterias) of regulated educational centers are exempt from this measure, with regard to pupils and teachers.

Night life establishments and activities, with an opening license capacity of more than 30 people, as well as all, regardless of capacity, where food consumption is permitted.

Establishments and spaces dedicated to leisure and games activities, with an open license capacity of more than 30 people, as well as all, regardless of capacity, where food consumption is permitted.

Events and celebrations with a crowd of people and music festivals with an attendance of more than 500 people, as well as others in which, regardless of ability, the consumption of food or drink is permitted.
Sporting events attended by more than 500 people, as well as all events, regardless of capacity, where the consumption of food or drink is permitted.

Public performances frequented by more than 500 people, as well as all, regardless of ability, where the consumption of food or drink is permitted.

Cultural activities in cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and the like, with an open license capacity of more than 30 people, as well as everything, regardless of capacity, where the consumption of food or drink is permitted.

Gymnasiums and similar facilities.

Visits to health facilities and centers to admitted patients, as well as to accompany users of the services to consultation, diagnostic tests, cures or treatment, except in the case of minors, disabled persons, dependents or persons whose state of health, or of any other nature, as required, at the discretion of the health authority staff of the center or establishment.

Residential or day medical-social establishments, for visitors and people outside the establishment.

Necessary in open and closed spaces

Accreditation of these sanitary requirements is legally required for access to open spaces and enclosed spaces of the establishments, facilities or activities indicated.

These establishments and activities, where certificates will be required, are those that present the greatest risk of contagion, generally linked to leisure activities, or those where there is a special relationship with vulnerable people, as is the case of establishments health or social health.

The use of the Covid certificate remains voluntary for the islands at levels 1 and 2

The Ministry of Health also pointed out that the Ministerial Order of the Department of Health, ratified by the TSJC, also establishing the possibility of using Covid certificates, on a voluntary basis, for establishments and activities subject to limits of capacity and hours of operation, remains in effect for these islands at Alert Levels 1 and 2. By choosing to use the certificate framework, these establishments are authorized to apply level measures directly below the current on the island in question.

COVID SCS Reader app

At the beginning of December, the Ministry of Health launched the user-friendly Lector COVID SCS web application, made available to the public in order to facilitate the easy use of the COVID certificate in all establishments and activities that are required or that wish. You can access this tool on this site

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