"Bad news for the city's economy," is how the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, described the announcement of the closure of non-essential business activity in the city of Malaga after a 14-day cumulative incidence of 1,008 positive diagnoses per 100,000 inhabitants was reached.
All non-essential business sectors - including hospitality - must lower their shutters from Wednesday for 14 days in line with the Junta de Andalucía’s orders.
"I hope that this bad news can be turned into an opportunity for reflection and a necessary effort in responsibility," said the councillor.
“In the first place because the fewer infections there are, the fewer people will have to be hospitalised, and fewer people from Malaga who have to be admitted to the ICU and who are at risk of dying. And secondly, because when we have fewer than 1,000 cases it will mean the normalisation, to some extent, of non-essential economic activity.”
The mayor once again emphasised the importance of individual responsibility: “I encourage you to do your best. We must work to reduce the number of people who suffer infections, to ease the burden on the health workers who are overwhelmed by the pressure of hospital admissions and to save our businesses and economy while the vaccine is rolled out.”
He concluded, “Now is the time, dear friends, to make an effort to reduce the infection rate to below 1,000 and then drop below 500.”