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City of Malaga to reopen its border from Saturday after being closed for a month

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File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The city has fallen below the incidence rate of 500 infections per hundred thousand inhabitants, which was the limit set by the Junta to prohibit entry and exit except for justified reasons

Malaga city will be allowed to ease municipal mobility restrictions on Saturday after the forced lockdown of its perimeter for a month to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

From the weekend the Junta de Andalucía regional government will allow entering and leaving the city, without having to present a justified reason, as Malaga continues to be below 500 coronavirus infections per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last fourteen days, which is the limit set to order the measure.

The city today registered a rate of 373 cases per one hundred thousand people and is still considered "extreme risk" but far from the 1,008 registered on 1 February, a figure that forced the closure of all non-essential activity until last Saturday.

The Junta’s public health alerts committee will make the decision official this Thursday afternoon (18 February), after meeting to evaluate the data, and tomorrow it will be published in the BOJA Official Gazette.

The reopening of mobility will now allow free entry or exit, provided that the cumulative incidence of the destination municipality is also below 500 cases.

The Junta de Andalucía will maintain the rest of the coronavirus containment restrictions, such as the 10pm curfew, the closure of hospitality and shops at 6pm and limitations on meetings inside and outside the home to a maximum of four people.