Fuerteventura is on Lockdown
We understood that Fuerteventura would be on lockdown due to Coronavirus and the State of Alarm being declared, and everywhere would be closed except for pharmacies and food shops from 07:00 on Monday March 16th for 15 days. People would only be allowed to leave their accommodation to buy food, visit a pharmacy, a cash machine, or to seek medical treatment.
This seems to have come into effect yesterday with reports that bars, restaurants, shops and public spaces have been closed since yesterday evening so at the moment there is a total state of confusion and no real verifiable information.
Also it's not clear if the 15 days started yesterday or will start on Monday and to add to the confusion the situation appears to be different on different islands and also in different parts of Fuerteventura.
Apparently Jet2 and some airlines are providing rescue flights and are flying empty planes to Fuerteventura to take holidaymakers home.
Maybe the local authorities will return to work on Monday and update us on the situation, it's quite worrying that in a serious situation like this that the usual mañana syndrome continues with the usual lack of information.
We wish everyone luck in this strange situation, there is a coronavirus information phone number to call 900 112 0061.
Hopefully things will return to normal in a couple of weeks, we will update this page as and when verifiable information becomes available.
Isolating yourself from others and staying in your accommodation and not travelling seems to be the only way to reduce the spread of the virus around the world at the moment.
Nobody knows for sure how long this situation will continue as the virus is still spreading globally or the long term effect it will have on Fuerteventura and the tourism industry with the worlds economies on a downward spiral and mass unemployment on the horizon.
Hopefully when this is all over people will be visiting after a long lockdown in their home countries for some Fuerteventura sunshine, beaches and to chill out and put all of this behind them.
Taxis are still available but we have reports that only one person is allowed in a taxi so if you are a couple wishing travel by taxi to the airport you need to take two taxis.
Stop checks are also being carried out on the streets ensuring people are out alone and have a legitimate reason to be out of their accommodation.
We understand that hotels are closing from the 26th of March at the latest and many are closed already.
We have no information regarding those holiday renting private villas and apartments and the best thing is to contact the person you booked with and the airline if separate. Flights seem to be few and far between and very expensive.
Grocery shops seem to have plenty of stock probably due to the missing thousands of holidaymakers. Restrictions are in place regarding the number of people at a time allowed in shops, some provide gloves at the entrance which you have to wear and the floors are marked showing where you should stand.
Most businesses will be hit extremely hard, especially the bars, cafes and restaurants and we hope they will bounce back once we see an end to the crisis.
The message from the authorities is clear, to reduce the spread of the virus you need to isolate yourself from others and stay in your accommodation as much as possible.
As the situation continues it is now clear that bars, cafes, restaurants, shops (excluding food shops) and public spaces including beaches have been closed. We are getting reports that take away food is available from some restaurants and cafes with their seating areas closed off and pharmacies and petrol stations remain open.
People are allowed to leave their accommodation to buy food and essentials, visit a pharmacy, a cash machine, or to seek medical treatment as long as they remain at least one meter apart from others.
If someone needs help, either because they considered vulnerable, elderly or disabled you are allowed to visit them and take them supplies.
It appears that taking rubbish to the bins is allowed and walking dogs as long as there is no more than one person per dog and people remain at least one meter apart from others.
Only those with valid reason can take to the roads by car and passengers are forbidden. Bus services may have been reduced and as long as your reason for being outside your accommodation falls under the rules and you remain at least one meter apart from other travellers you can travel by bus.
In the small shops we have reports that one person at a time is allowed to enter and must remain at least one meter apart from others including staff and those queuing outside.
We have unconfirmed reports of fines being imposed and arrests of those breaking the rules and expect the enforcement to become more strict as the authorities react to the situation especially as people become stir crazy over the coming days and weeks.
The message from the authorities is clear, to reduce the spread of the virus you need to isolate yourself from others and stay in your accommodation.