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Beaches, parks and markets closed on the Costa del Sol

A Malaga playground cordoned off due to coronavirus.
A Malaga playground cordoned off due to coronavirus. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • The Holy Week processions in Seville, Cordoba and Cadiz have already been cancelled due to the threat of coronavirus

Numerous measures have been announced on a regional and local level in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.

On Saturday the mayor of Malaga ordered the closure of pavement terraces, after noting that establishments and customers, many of them tourists, were ignoring the Andalusian government's health recommendations to stay at home, or to remain in their holiday accommodation.

Local Police officers were brought in to ensure that the order was being complied with. The city hall sealed off children's playgrounds on Friday and ruled that civil weddings would be held without guests.

Beaches

In other parts of the Costa del Sol, local councils in resorts in the Axarquía - Vélez-Málaga, Nerja and Torrox - as well as in Marbella, Mijas and Estepona closed their beaches to the public by putting up red flags.

Street markets, day centres for the elderly and libraries are among the municipal facilities closed in numerous towns in the region.

Semana Santa

In Andalucía, where all schools and other education centres are to be closed for at least two weeks, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced the cancellation of next month's Holy Week processions in Seville. Cordoba and Cadiz later followed suit.

"It's a responsible and necessary measure to stop the spread of the virus," he said on Saturday morning.