COVID infection reported in the Canary Islands as of 14 August 2020:
The Canary islands are one of the less affected region of Spain regarding COVID-19. Still, cases are increasing in the last few days. Today, the authorities took some new mesures regarding the use of face masks, smoking, and meetings.
The Canary Islands benefit from a robust, reliable and up-to-date public sanitary system. The public sanitary system is free in Spain for European citizen. It has not been overwhelmed during the sanitary emergency.
Gran Canaria Active cases: 402. Total death: 40
Tenerife Active cases: 143. Total death: 112
Lanzarote Active cases: 32. Total death: 6
Fuerteventura Active cases: 19. Total death: 0
La Palma Active cases: 0. Total death: 7
La Gomera Active cases: 0. Total death: 1
El Hierro Active cases: 0. Total death: 0
As an Outdoor Activity company up in the Canarian government database, astroGC is allowed to work from lockdown phase I. We are currently operative.
For your safety, and for the safety of other guests, we are taking all possible actions to prevent a COVID infection. Here are some of the actions that are being taken at this time:
1.- Hand disinfectant
Hands cleaning is the number one recommendation from World Health Organization. During the workshop we will provide hand disinfectant for free. It will be available at any time on the tables where we stock eyepieces. Please feel free to use it.
From today, the facemask is mandatory in the canary islands, basically when outside home. There is an exception in OPEN AREA (nature) away from population centers if a safety distance of 1.5m can be maintained. This means you definitively need a facemask to participate to the workshop. You need to wear your mask in our van and during our stop at a viewpoint or similar. You can remove your mask at the observing point if you maintain a safety distance of 1.5m with other guests and staff.
3.- Vehicles cleaning
We comply with the law and disinfect our vehicles after each use with an authorized disinfectant.
4.- Eyepieces cleaning
At the beginning of the workshop, after each observation and at the end of the workshop we soak the upper part of eyepieces with alcohol.
5.- Paper handkerchief packs
We will provide paper handkerchief packs for free. Please pick a whole pack and make a personal use of it. Do not share.
6.- Eyepiece shield
This is a personal protector we somehow invented and that will be available. You can ask for it at any time and use your own protector when watching through the telescope eyepiece. After the workshop the protector will be cleaned with disinfectant before the next use.