COVID infection reported in the Canary Islands as of 22 May 2020:
The Canary islands are one of the less affected region of Spain regarding COVID-19. In the last 2 weeks the daily number of death is cero, one or two. Gran Canaria is going good with a total of "only" 38 death from the beginning of the desease.
From March, 14, the Spanish government imposed one of the strongest lockdown in the world in all its territory. Obviously, from this date the tourism industry is suffering a massive cease. But on the other hand it seems the Canary Islands are on the way to become a COVID-FREE destination.
The Canary Islands also 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.
All in all, the Canary islands, and particularly Gran Canaria seems to be a safe destination and a good option in the post-COVID season.
Gran Canaria: Approx daily new cases: 2. Total death: 38. Total recovered: 470. Lockdown: phase I, phase II from 24th May.
Tenerife: Approx daily new cases: 3. Total death: 109. Total recovered: 1057. Lockdown: phase I, phase II from 24th May.
La Gomera: Approx daily new cases: 0. Total death: 0. Total recovered: 7. Lockdown: phase II.
El Hierro: Approx daily new cases: 0. Total death: 0. Total recovered: 1. Lockdown: phase II.
La Palma: Approx daily new cases: 0. Total death: 3. Total recovered: 65. Lockdown: phase I, phase II from 24th May.
Fuerteventura: Approx daily new cases: 0. Total death: 0. Total recovered: 22. Lockdown: phase I, phase II from 24th May.
Lanzarote: Approx daily new cases: 0. Total death: 5. Total recovered: 63. Lockdown: phase I, phase II from 24th May.
Please contact us for a description of lockdown phases (this can change almost daily).
As an Outdoor Activity company up in the Canarian government database, astroGC is allowed to work from lockdown phase I. This means we are currently fully 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.
At this time a facemask is mandatory in Spain in any public area where a safety distance of 2m cannot be kept. This definitively includes vehicles passengers (except if they are form the same family). You need to wear a 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 2m with other guests and staff. In case you do not have a mask, please let us know. We may have.
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.