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Andalucía announces changes to Christmas and New Year Covid-19 restrictions

The Junta has  published a list of exceptions to allow entry to – or exit from – Andalucía over the Christmas and New Year period.
The Junta has published a list of exceptions to allow entry to – or exit from – Andalucía over the Christmas and New Year period. / EFE
  • The regional government has made a series of modifications to the measures announced last week

The Junta of Andalucía has updated and published the new restrictions decreed for the two-phase easing of coronavirus containment measures over the festive season.

Businesses in the hospitality sector will breathe a sigh of relief as one of the modifications will allow them to keep their doors open for longer on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The first phase began on Saturday (12 December) which allows the movement between municipalities in the same province and an extension of business hours until 9pm.

The second phase starts on 18 December and people can travel from one Andalusian province to another - although movement to other regions will be restricted with just a few exceptions (see below). Bars and restaurants must close from 6pm and can then reopen from 8pm to 10.30pm.

The Junta has now made a modification to the rules to allow hospitality establishments to keep their doors open until half an hour before the scheduled curfew of 1.30am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

The new restrictions will also allow people to enter or leave Andalucía to meet up with close friends or relatives from 23 December to 6 January but "only for trips to territories that they are the place of habitual residence and solely for the purpose of meeting them".

The Junta has also published a list of exceptions to allow entry to – or exit from – Andalucía over the Christmas dates providing they are justified:

- Attending health appointments.

- Compliance with work, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations.

- Attendance at university, teaching and educational centres, including nursery schools.

- Return to the place of habitual or family residence.

- Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.

- Travel to financial and insurance businesses or petrol stations in neighbouring territories.

- Required or urgent appearances before public, judicial or notarial bodies.

- Renewals of permits and official documentation, as well as other administrative procedures that cannot be postponed.

- Taking official exams or tests that cannot be postponed.

- Travel to collect harvests by their owners or tenants, as well as the care and feeding of animals.

- Visiting vets for emergency reasons.

- Travel of ‘high-level ’athletes, coaches, judges or federated referees, for authorised, accredited, official sports competitions that are at all times by the health authorities.

- Due to force majeure.