Almost the whole of the province of Malaga is at alert level 2 for Covid-19 with the only exception being the Serranía de Ronda health district remains at the maximum alert level 4.
The news was announced by the Junta de Andalucía’s health minister Jesús Aguirre in a press conference on Thursday.
The La Vega, Axarquía and Costa del Sol health district drop from level 3 to level 2, in which Malaga city and Guadalhorce remain.
Aguirre pointed out that the Andalucía region is located "at the bottom of the list" of autonomous communities in terms of the cumulative incidence of infection cases confirmed in the last 14 days, which stands at 136.7 although the numbers are still high.
He called on people to use common sense and “prudence” while cebrating the festive season to avoid a new “rebound and a third wave in January”.
Localities according to the latest risk levels decreed by the Junta:
Malaga health district – alert level 2
Almogía, Malaga, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo, Rincón de la Victoria, Totalán.
Guadalhorce health district – alert level 2
Alhaurín de la Torre, Ahaurín el Grande, Álora, Alozaina, Ardales, Carratraca, Cártama, Casarabonela, Coín, Guaro, Monda, Pizarra, Tolox, Yunquera.
La Vega health district – alert level 2
Alameda, Almargen, Antequera, Archidona, Campillos, Cañete la Real, Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Fuente de Piedra, Humilladero, Mollina, Sierra de Yeguas, Teba, Valle de Abdalajís, Villanueva de Algaidas, Villanueva de la Concepción, Villanueva de Tapia, Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco.
Costa del Sol health district – alert level 2
Benahavís, Benalmádena, Casares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Istán, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, Ojén, Torremolinos.
Axarquia Malaga health district – alert level 2
Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Algarrobo, Almáchar, Árchez, Arenas, Benamargosa, Benamocarra, Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Casabermeja, Colmenar, Comares, Cómpeta, Cútar, El Borge, Frigiliana, Iznate, La Viñuela, Nerja, Periana, Riogordo, Salares, Sayalonga, Sedella, Torrox, Vélez-Málaga.
Serranía de Ronda health district – alert level 4
Algatocín, Alpandeire, Arriate, Atajate, Benaladid, Benalauría, Benaoján, Benarrabá, Cartajima, Cortes de la Frontera, Cuevas del Becerro, El Burgo, Faraján, Gaucín, Genalguacil, Igualeja, Jimera de Líbar, Jubrique, Júzcar, Montecorto, Montejaque, Parauta, Pujerra, Ronda, Serrato.
What do the levels mean?
At Level 2 the maximum attendance at wakes and burials is set at ten people indoors and 25 outdoors, while civil and religious ceremonies see their capacity reduced to 50 per cent. Banquets can cater for up to 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors, with a maximum capacity of 75 per cent.
For commercial establishments a maximum capacity of 75 per cent has been set at Level 2 - with social distancing measures - as well as for the hotel and restaurant industry who may occupy 100 per cent of their terraces.
The capacity of sports facilities is limited to 65 per cent at Level 2, with a maximum of 400 people inside and 800 outside. The same amounts of attendees is allowed in cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, museums, conferences and exhibitions, whose maximum capacity, however, rises to 75 per cent.
Public transport will be able to fill 100 per cent of its seats in these municipalities, and 75 per cent of standing places, and for the rest of the transport "as many people as places" are allowed. Environmental activities allows the gathering of up to ten people indoors, and 20 outdoors. Parks and gardens can open, with activities for a maximum of 15 people.
For the municipalities of the districts at level 3, the Junta has proposed that wakes and burials should allow the gathering of a maximum of ten people indoors and 20 outdoors, as well as limit to 50 per cent the maximum capacity of civil and religious ceremonies and of banquets, where up to 50 people are allowed indoors and 75 outdoors.
Commercial establishments in these areas can operate at up to 60 per cent of their capacity with social distancing. The same percentage that is allowed for cinemas, theatres and auditoriums, these facilities that will be able to cater for a maximum of 300 people indoors and 500 outdoors.
The congresses and exhibitions can also fill up to 60 per cent of their capacity at Level 3 with maximum 300 people indoors and 500 outdoors. Similarly, the capacity of hotel and restaurant establishments is limited to 50 per cent indoors, while 100 per cent is allowed on terraces.
For sports facilities, the capacity is also limited to 50 per cent on Level 3, with a maximum of 200 people indoors and 400 outdoors.
Regarding transport, it is allowed to occupy 100 per cent of the seats on public transport, and 75 per cent of the standing places. Environmental activities may be practiced in groups of up to ten people indoors and 15 outdoors, and parks and gardens may be open, with activities for a maximum of ten people.
Restrictive measures for Level 4 include the limitation to a maximum of six people indoors and 15 outdoors for those attending wakes and funerals, as well as a reduction in capacity in civil and religious ceremonies, while rules will only allow the gathering of 30 people indoors and 50 outdoors, with a maximum capacity of 30 per cent for banquets.
Commercial establishments of the municipalities in Level 4 are restricted to maximum capacity of 50 per cent with social distancing, while for public transport it is obligatory to leave a seat of separation between passengers and a limitation to 50 per cent of standing spaces. With regard to private transport, only two people are allowed per row of seats, without occupying the passenger seat.
Hotel and restaurant establishments will have a maximum capacity of 30 per cent indoors and 75 per cent on terraces; gyms 40 per cent and competitions, sports events and trainings sessions will be held without spectators.
For cinemas, theatres and auditoriums a 40 per cent maximum capacity is set, with up to 200 people indoors and 300 outdoors.
Environmental activities in Level 4 areas may gather up to six people indoors and ten outdoors, and parks may be open in general, although children's play areas will have to be closed, and activities in them may involve a maximum of six people.