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Rain fails to dampen spirits on the first night of 2021 without a curfew in Spain

The atmosphere in Malaga city centre.
The atmosphere in Malaga city centre. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • Along with the end of the state of alarm at the weekend, bars and restaurants in Andalucía can now stay open until midnight and nightclubs until 2am

Thousands of young people took to the streets of Malaga city centre at the weekend to celebrate the end of Spain's state of alarm and the 11pm to 6am night curfew that was introduced to control the spread of the coronavirus.

And with the new easing of measures announced by the Junta de Andalucía, bars and restaurants may remain open until midnight and the nightclubs until 2am in the morning.

The thunder and lightning didn’t put people off. María Álamo said, "Young people need to go out because we study and work hard, we are overwhelmed at home ...".

Angelo Criscione, manager of the Theatro Club, welcomed the return of nightlife to the city: “We are happy, at least they allow us more hours, but it is still very difficult to work with these measures."

The nightclubs now look very different with no big parties and social distancing measures between groups.

Juan Rambla, owner of Wenge and several other establishments in the city, pointed out that their customers now have to sign a house rules document when they enter. He said, “We have had to create a new job for someone to ensure that the rules are being complied with. For example, that people do not leave their table without a mask or that they do not dance.

When the clock struck two in the morning, the music stopped playing and the nightclubs emptied.

The streets the became the meeting point for many. It worried student Cristina Barceló who said, “Irresponsible people will spoil it for us all and make us go back again.”

“We can control our businesses until two in the morning, but from then on there will be places where private parties take place or groups meet in parks or gardens to drink. In the end, if infections increase, it is likely that they will blame us again,” reflected Juan Rambla.