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Costa social scene starts to shut down as groups heed official advice

Mijas town hall has cancelled cultural and other events as numerous clubs and associations do the same.
Mijas town hall has cancelled cultural and other events as numerous clubs and associations do the same. / SUR
  • Arranging meetings could help spread the virus so organisations such as Age Concern have stopped them, while stressing that other activity carries on

Social and cultural activities involving the expat population of the Costa del Sol started to be cancelled en masse in the latter half of this week.

Societies and associations appeared to be heeding advice against bringing people together.

The head of one group taking the decision, Steve Marshall, of Age Concern Fuengirola, Mijas and Benalmádena, told SUR in English, "We have taken the prudent measure of temporarily closing our four social clubs following the directive from the Junta."

However he stressed that the charity's work helping elderly residents, including its helpline, continues. Marshall explained, "We anticipate that the number of calls to our helpline will increase so we ask callers to bear with us," adding that messages can be left.

Meanwhile the Lux Mundi charity talks, popular with many foreign residents, have been cancelled as have U3A activities.

Town halls across Malaga province, including the Costa, are a main provider of venues for events run by foreign and Spanish residents, however these have curtailed their use.

In Torremolinos, street markets and bookings for its cultural centres have been cancelled. While in Torre del Mar, this Sunday's Axarquía cheese and wine market has been put off, along with many other similar planned events along the Costa del Sol.

The British Consulate has also postponed outreach meetings within the community, preferring to "err on the side of caution". This includes the event originally planned for March 18 in partnership with Mijas council and Costa Women.

Mijas town hall has announced the cancellation of all cultural, sports and educational activities as well as street markets initially until 27 March.