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Covid Restriction Update 19-3-21

Bars, restaurants and shops in all the municipalities across Malaga province can remain open until 10.30pm from Friday, 19 March.

The new measure, agreed by the Junta de Andalucía, will be in effect until 9 April if the main pandemic indicators do not worsen.

The extension of the opening hours is linked to the change in the curfew, which will be delayed one hour and applied between 11pm and 6am. The maximum size for groups continues to be for a maximum of six people, except inside bar and restaurants where they are reduced to four.

There is also an easing of restrictions relating to the capacity of hospitality and commercial businesses and the number of people who attend funerals, religious ceremonies and sporting events.

Level 2 restrictions in summary

Wakes and funerals: 10 people inside and 25 outside.

Civil and religious ceremonies: 50 per cent of the capacity.

Receptions: 100 people inside and 150 outside. Maximum capacity 75 per cent.

Commercial establishments: 75 per cent of the capacity with a safety distance.

Public transport: 100 per cent of seats and 75 per cent of standing places.

Environmental activities: 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.

Hotels, bars and restaurants: 75 per cent of the capacity indoors and 100 per cent on terraces.

Sports facilities: 65 per cent of the capacity, 400 people inside and 800 outside.

Cinemas, theatres, museums and conferences: 75 per cent of the capacity: 400 people inside and 800 outside.

Parks: generally open. Activities: maximum of ten people.

As reported in the El Pais Newspaper on 12-3-21:-

The CISNS yesterday approved a document that had been presented by the Health Ministry the day before. The text includes the perimetral lockdown of regions from March 26 to April 9, and from March 17 to 21 in areas where March 19 is a holiday for father’s day, or San José.

The restrictions also establish a night time curfew from 11pm to 6am, although regions will be free to bring the start time forward to 10pm if they wish. As for the number of people who are allowed to meet, this will be limited to four in closed public spaces and six in open spaces, unless the people in question live together. In private spaces, only members of the same household can meet.

The document also recommends avoiding events with crowds of “any type,” and advises the regions not to relax any of their coronavirus restrictions in the two weeks before Easter week – i.e. from March 12 onward – even if their epidemiological situation improves.

Although the Canary and Balearic islands will not be under a perimetral lockdown, tourists will not be allowed to enter the archipelagos. Travel to these regions will only be permitted for the reasons included under the ongoing state of alarm. These include returning to one’s regular place of residence, for medical tests, work, care of adults with disabilities or to take exams. Negative coronavirus tests are required for such journeys. “We want to make clear that you cannot go to the islands for tourism,” Darias explained on Wednesday.

These restrictions do not, however, mean that foreign visitors cannot travel to Spain. International traffic will continue over Easter, with travellers subject to the restrictions put in place from country to country. For example, a negative PCR test for arrivals from places considered risk countries by the Spanish authorities, and only Spanish nationals and people with official residency in Spain in the case of the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil due to the more-infectious variants of the coronavirus that have been detected in those countries. That said, international travellers will not be able to leave the region in which they arrive due to the restrictions.

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