Malaga city and 65 other towns in the province will be able to open shops, bars and restaurants until 9.30pm from today (5 March) after the Junta de Andalucía's public health alerts committee declared four of the six health districts to be at coronavirus risk level 2 on Thursday.
The decision was made based on several indicators that assess the status of the pandemic, such as the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence of the disease among people over 65 years of age and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients.
Along with Malaga city the other localities that may extend their opening hours schedule are Vélez-Málaga, Antequera, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Coín, Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Algarrobo, Almáchar, Árchez, Arenas, Benamargosa, Benamocarra, El Borge, Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Casabermeja, Colmenar, Comares, Competa, Cútar, Frigiliana, Iznate, Nerja, Periana, Riogordo, Salares, Sayalonga, Sadella, Torrox, Viñuela, Alameda, Almargen, Archidona, Campillos, Cañete la Real, Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Fuente de Piedra, Humilladero, Mollina, Sierra de Yeguas, Teba, Valle de Abdalajís, Villanueva de la Concepción, Villanueva de Tapia, Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco, Almogía, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo, Rincón de la Victoria, Totalán, Álora, Alozaina, Ardales, Carratraca, Casarabonela, Guaro, Monda, Pizarra, Tolox and Yunquera.
The Costa del Sol health district (Benahavís, Benalmádena, Casares, Fuengirola, Estepona, Istán, Manilva, Marbella, Ojén, Mijas and Torremolinos) goes to level 3 risk, so the hospitality industry and non-essential shops will continue to close at 6pm.
The Serranía (Ronda) district remains at level 4 and bars, restaurants and shops must continue to lower the shutters at 6pm. The towns of Algatocín, Alpandeire, Arriate, Atajate, Benadalid, Benalauría, Benaoján, Benarrabá, El Burgo, Cartajima, Cortes de la Frontera, Cuevas del Becerro, Faraján, Gaucín, Genalguacil, Igualeja, Jimerique de Líbar, Jubrique, Júzcar, Montecorto, Parauta, Pujerra, Ronda and Serrato belong to this health district. Montejaque still exceeds the 1,000 incidence rate threshold which means that all non-essential activity has to close.
The public health alerts committee will next review the data on Thursday.
Throughout Andalucía, the extension of the limitation of meetings inside and outside the home from four to six people comes into force today, except inside bars and restaurants, where the limit will continue to be set at a maximum of four people. The Junta also maintains the perimeter closure of the provinces and the region and no one can enter or leave except for justifiable reasons.
Mobility between municipalities in the same province is allowed as long as both the locality of origin and the destination are below five hundred infections per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last fourteen days. The entire province of Malaga meets this condition except for Árchez, Benaoján and Montejaque.