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Surprise as Andalucía brings forward easing of municipal movement measures to tomorrow

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  • From midnight this Thursday, 18 February, you can leave and enter the municipalities that have fallen below the 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants incidence rate instead of waiting until Saturday

In a surprise announcement the Junta de Andalucía’s meeting of the Public Health Alert committee of the Junta de Andalucía this Thursday (18 February) has brought forward the easing of the restrictive measures to midnight tonight instead of the planned introduction on Saturday.

In Malaga province - in addition to the city - another 25 towns and villages will be allowed to reopen their municipal borders from this midnight Thursday (18 February) as coronavirus mobility restrictions are eased.

They are: Mijas, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Alhaurín de la Torre, Cártama, Coín, Álora, Arenas, Arriate, Benarrabá, El Burgo, Canillas de Albaida, Cartajima, Casares, Colmenar, Cuevas de San Marcos, Genalguacil, Guaro, Jubrique, Pizarra, Teba, Villanueva de Tapia and Yunquera.

All these localities last week registered an accumulated incidence of more than 500 infections per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last fourteen days, a limit set by the Junta de Andalucía to order perimeter lockdowns.

However, having lowered that rate, the high-impact public health alerts committee meeting surprise everyone by allowing their border re-openings from midnight this Thursday instead of Saturday morning.

The Junta de Andalucía orders the perimeter lockdowns when the municipalities exceed 500 cases per one hundred thousand people and also decrees the closure of all non-essential activity when the incidence exceeds one thousand infections.

Perimeter lockdowns, which refer to the prohibition of entering or leaving a town except for justified reasons, should not be confused with home confinement, which is not contemplated by the current state of alarm.

To move from one municipality to another it is necessary that both the origin and destination localities are below 500 cases.