The Junta de Andalucía regional government has recommended that no fairs or street parties be celebrated this summer as part of a new health protocol announced on Tuesday in a bid to avoid a new outbreak of coronavirus in the region.
While the final decision rests with the individual municipalities, Malaga city hall wasted no time in declaring that its summer fair, planned for 15 to 22 August, would be cancelled.
Malaga councillor for Festivities Teresa Porras insisted that the council would always follow health guidelines but at the same time said that her department was working on organising other musical and cultural events in accordance with guidelines (everyone seated, with two-metre distancing).
The protocol announced affects 37 Andalusian towns and cities which had summer festivities planned, including the massive Malaga and Almeria fairs. The San Juan (24 June) and Virgen del Carmen (16 July) celebrations will also be affected but concerts and bullfights can still go ahead as venue capacities can be controlled.