Well, here we are at the end of another week and day 6 of lockdown or “house arrest” in Gran Canaria, with empty streets and beaches, although there are still plenty of people going to the supermarkets. Mind you, any excuse to get out of the house and to buy stuff you didn’t actually want! So far today there has been no news from the courts or anything new to report on the world of timeshare, the only news is the announcement of all hotels now having to close throughout the Canary Islands.
Below is the full text of the announcement.
“The Government decrees the closure of 1,807 hotels and apartment complexes in the Canary Islands”
The Government of Spain has decreed this Thursday the massive closure of hotels in its fight to try to stop the expansion of Covid-19, a decision that affects 1,807 hotels and apartment complexes on the islands, for a total of 423,125 regulated beds, according to data from the Canary Statistical Institute (Istac).
The BOE has just published Order SND / 257/2020, of March 19, which declares the suspension of opening of tourist accommodation establishments to the public, in accordance with article 10.6 of Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.
The text states that the closing will take place at the moment in which the establishment does not have clients to which it must attend and, in any case, within a maximum period of seven calendar days from the entry into force of this regulation.
The measure, considered inevitable by Canarian hoteliers, implies that some 68,000 employees – 51,500 in hotels and 16,500 in apartment complexes – will lose their jobs temporarily, because the closure of establishments will be accompanied by temporary employment regulation records (ERTE) massive that many companies in the sector have begun to process.
The nearly 41,000 employees with permanent contracts in the sector -60% of the total workforce- will be affected, but also the rest of temporary workers who are seeing how their contracts are not renewed.
The order, signed by the Minister of Health, provides for the suspension of opening to the public of tourist accommodation establishments, to establish the suspension of opening to the public of all hotels and similar accommodation, tourist accommodation and other short-stay accommodation, camping sites, parking lots of caravans and other similar establishments, located anywhere in the national territory.
It also states that, exceptionally, the provision of surveillance, security and maintenance services is permitted in these establishments.
Regarding long-stay and seasonal tourist accommodation establishments, tourist establishments that host clients who, at the time of the state of alarm, are staying in a stable and seasonal manner, are allowed to open to the public, provided that its occupants have the infrastructures, in their own residential spaces, to carry out the activities of first necessity in the terms established by Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, which declares the state of alarm for managing the health crisis situation.
As you can see this is going to have a huge impact on the tourist industry here on these islands, with huge numbers of people either being laid off work or losing their jobs completely. Couple this with all other areas which have been closed the islands are going to have a bit of a rough time with a very marked increase in unemployment.
So that is it for this week, now for a weekend of “house arrest” and to keep active finding ways of escaping the boredom, I feel a trip to the supermarket for something I don’t need coming on!
Have a great weekend and remember to “keep your sanity” if you are on lockdown.