The Andalusian government has announced this Tuesday that the current restrictions and measures to curb the spread of coronavirus will remain in force until 4 March.
The decision to extend the regulations was announced by the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, after a regional cabinet meeting held in Ronda as part of events this week in the run-up to Andalucía Day on Sunday 28 February.
Moreno also confirmed that next Wednesday, 3 March, a new meeting would be held with the committee of experts that advises the Junta on pandemic issues during which further decisions would be taken "depending on the recommendations and the evolution of the infection rate".
Moreno also stated that this year's 28 February "will be remembered as the [Andalucía Day] of the pandemic year, which has left an enormous scar on part of society".
He added, "We have in our minds the 8,000 Andalusians who have died and all the those suffering the consequences of Covid-19."
The president explained that the committee of experts had asked for an extra week with the current restrictions to analyse the stability of the downward trend in figures. With regard to restoring movement between provinces and recovering normal business hours in the future, he called for caution.
"We are desperate to allow more movement but this third wave has been the toughest, with the most deaths," he said adding that all decisions would be conditioned by one basic objective: "to prevent a fourth wave".