Costa del Sol falls back to coronavirus Level 2 health risk with new restrictions

A waiter serves a customer on a terrace in Malaga city centre.
A waiter serves a customer on a terrace in Malaga city centre. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The hospitality sector in a total of 31 towns, across three health districts, will be obliged to reduce the number of people at the same table and the maximum capacity of shops will be set at 75 per cent

The rise in coronavirus infections in Malaga province in recent days has resulted in three of the six health districts in the province dropping back from Level 1 to Level 2 health risk, meaning the return of more restrictive regulations for the hospitality sector and retail businesses.

These are the Malaga, Guadalhorce and Costa del Sol health districts covering a total of 31 municipalities that will have to adopt new measures from 8 July.

This has been decided, this Wednesday (7 July) by the territorial public health committee meeting in Malaga province, after analysing the current coronavirus data including the incidence rate, the possibility of tracing infections and the pressure on hospitals and intensive care units.

The affected towns in the Malaga health district are Rincón de la Victoría, Almogía, Totalán, Macharaviaya and Moclinejo in addition to Malaga city.

In the Guadalhorce Valley health district they are: Alozaina, Casarabonela, Tolox, Yunquera, Álora, Ardales, Carratraca, Cártama, Pizarra, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Coín, Guaro and Monda.

In the health district of the Costa del Sol, the towns that pass to level 2 are Estepona, Casares, Manilva, Marbella, Benahavís, Istán, Ojén, Fuengirola, Mijas, Torremolinos and Benalmádena.

The Serranía, La Vega and Axarquía health districts remain at risk level 1.

The change that affects the hospitality industry in the affected municipalities is related to the number of customers that can be seated at the same table. Inside, they will go from eight to six and outside from ten to eight.

Regarding the capacity, there are no changes: 75 per cent is maintained for the indoor spaces and 100 per cent for the terraces. Bar service will also be allowed, as well as buffet service, provided that the social distance of 1.5 metres can be met.

Businesses with a disco licence may open until two in the morning. Hospitality establishments will have to close one hour earlier, although from midnight they will no longer be able to receive new customers.

Moving from level 1 to level 2 affects the capacity in stores and shopping centres. As of this Thursday, the 75 per cent limit will be imposed again. The capacity in gyms is also reduced, dropping from 75 to 65 per cent.

At the end of May, all the health districts of Malaga province moved to level 1 Covid-19 health risk, in which they have remained until now. In a small time frame, the province has gone from being one of the least affected by the coronavirus to being the province with the highest rate of infections in Andalucía.