Marbella, Estepona, Alhaurín de la Torre, Manilva, Villanueva del Rosario, Benarrabá, Tolox and Casabermeja will have to close all non-essential activities from Wednesday to comply with the order from Andalusian authorities as Covid-19 cases continue to climb.
The eight towns and villages have exceeded the 14-day rate of one thousand infections per hundred thousand inhabitants, the limit set by the Junta de Andalucía to take the new closure of all non-essential activity measure, which will last for at least two weeks regardless of whether the incidence rises or falls. The towns already have municipal border closures in force and these will continue.
These municipalities are added to those that already exceeded this limit in Malaga province and where, therefore, all non-essential activity remains closed: Mollina, Villanueva del Trabuco, Cútar, Arriate, Ronda, Alameda, Almargen, Teba, Cañete la Real, Benamocarra, El Borge , Salares, Alfarnate, Vélez-Málaga, Alcaucín, Moclinejo, Alhaurín el Grande, Ardales, Coín, Monda, Álora, Algatocín, Cartajima, Igualeja and Faraján.
The new restrictions will come into force from 12am on Wednesday.
The president of the regional government Juanma Moreno, has requested the powers from Madrid to order stay-at-home lockdowns in municipalities that register more than a thousand cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last two weeks but the government of Pedro Sánchez has ignored this request.
Spain’s Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has called for patience "because the measures taken today are not noticeable tomorrow, but within two weeks".