Passengers arrive at Malaga María Zambrano station on Monday.
Passengers arrive at Malaga María Zambrano station on Monday. / Salvador Salas

Transport hubs return to life as Phase Three gets under way in Malaga province

  • Travel between Andalusian provinces is permitted now that the whole region is in the same phase of the government's lockdown easing plan

There was a notable increase in activity as Malaga and Granada provinces moved into Phase Three of coronavirus lockdown easing on Monday.

Major transport hubs, especially the bus station and María Zambrano railway station in Malaga city, have come back to life with inter-provincial routes operating at a higher frequency and people taking advantage of the opportunity to visit relatives or take a break elsewhere in Andalucía.

Many bars and restaurants, closed up until now, chose today to reopen as they are now able to increase overall capacity both indoors and outdoors (interiors to 50 per cent capacity; bar service at two-metre intervals; terraces to 75 per cent).

Bar service is now possible.

Bar service is now possible. / Ñito Salas

Monday also brought good news for those who like to keep active as all time slots for outdoor exercise were removed. Many gyms have also taken advantage of the switch in phase to reopen at 50 per cent capacity.

Despite having only been promoted to Phase Two on Monday 1 June, Health minister Salvador Illa announced on Friday that all of the regions that had requested a move would be proceeding to the next phase in the staged plan towards Spain's "new normal". According to the regional government, this was an important step to avoid a two-speed Andalucía.

Many gyms have reopened.

Many gyms have reopened. / Salvador Salas

As a result, on Saturday president of the Junta de Andalucía Juanma Moreno announced that travel would be permitted between Andalusian provinces once Phase Three began.

"From 8 June people can travel throughout the territory of Andalucía. We deserve to see the sun rise in Almeria and the sun set in Huelva, to stroll around the Alhambra...," said Moreno on Saturday.