The Junta de Andalucía has decided that all six health districts of Malaga province will move to alert level 3, from midnight today (Thursday, 22 July) as a result of the increase in Covid-19 infections.
From Friday there will a tightening of coronavirus control measures in many areas, including Malaga city - that will affect the hospitality, commerce and culture sectors.
Level 3 restrictions mean that in bars and restaurants, there will be a maximum capacity limit of 50 per cent imposed indoors, with a limit of four people per table inside and six on the terraces, and social distancing measures must be complied with.
The allowed capacity in stores and shopping centres will be restricted to 60 per cent, always ensuring a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between people who do not live in the same household.
The number of people who can attend wakes and funerals (10 indoors and 20 outdoors), ceremonies and religious services (50 per cent capacity) and celebrations is also reduced: indoors, a maximum of 50 per cent of the capacity must be respected at tables or groupings of tables and, with a maximum of 100 people in closed spaces. Tables will have a limit of four people indoors. At outdoor celebrations, the maximum attendance allowed will be 250 with six people per table. Musical performances and dancing will not be allowed.
The capacity in cinemas, theatres and auditoriums is reduced to 60 per cent, with a seated audience and social distancing.
Gyms must also reduce their capacity by 50 per cent indoors with a maximum of ten people, while 60 per cent will be allowed outdoors, with a maximum of 15 people.
Nightlife establishments will only be allowed to open indoors if they do not exclusively serve drinks, otherwise they must keep to the measures established for hotel and restaurant establishments at this alert level. Outdoors, nightlife businesses will be able to occupy 50 percent of their terraces with a limit of six people pe rtable. Bar service and consumption and ‘small-format’ performances and dancing will not be allowed.
The measures will take effect from midnight this Thursday (22 July) throughout the province.