This week, Fernández de la Puente, the deputy of Ciudadanos in the Parliament of the Canary Islands, has requested to the Minister for Finance for clarification for many families who have lost all their properties to the eruption do not know what will happen to the mortgages, charges, seizures or tax sanctions that existed on homes that no longer exist.

On Wednesday, the Cabildo de La Palma further reduced the exclusion zone around the volcano, and has mapped for the first time the restricted areas, where limited access is available for people such as scientists and irrigators. The restricted areas include parts of La Bombilla and Puerto Noas and also areas isolated by the lava flows between Montaña Todoque and Montaña La Laguna.

A comprehensive summary of the aid spending so far in La Palma has been published by El Time, indicating that €457 million has been delivered to those affected by the volcano. €205.6 million of this is reported to have been spent on housing and accommodation, whilst other significant investments include €83 million to employment support, €61 million to the Employment and Training Plan (creating 1,600 jobs), and €62 million to affected businesses, including €14.63 million to the banana industry.

In the area of Las Hoyas, near where the lava flows famously flowed down the cliffs onto the lava delta formed by the 1949 eruption, more areas have been reopened for restricted use by farmers and irrigators to tend to crops in the area. 37 more fanegas (1 fanega = 1.59 acres) have been opened in addition to the 87 which have recently been opened.

For the first time since September, controlled access to Puerto Naos for some residents was allowed. This was supervised and residents had a maximum of 45 minutes in the area, only when gas concentrations were low enough. Both Puerto Naos and La Bombilla remain evacuated due to persistently high CO2 concentrations, due to CO2 from cooling magma escaping through fractures in the soil caused by the earthquakes associated with the eruption, according to IGN Scientist Stavros Metetlidis.

After works that began the day after the eruption was declared over on the 25th December, the La Laguna crossing has been reopened to traffic, after the lava flow covering it was removed and the road was re-tarmacked to allow all vehicles to use it. This reopens a key connection to the north of the lava flow between the towns of La Laguna and Tazacorte.