The fifth wave of Covid-19 is closer to being history every day in the south of Spain, after the Junta de Andalucía announced this Wednesday, 8 September, that five of the six health districts in Malaga province now sit in the health alert Level 1 bracket.
The only exception is the Costa del Sol health district, which includes the major tourist towns of the western Costa from Torremolinos to Manilva, and which will not see its existing coronavirus control measures eased for at least another week.
The Malaga health district has moved from Level 2 to Level 1, joining the health districts of the Axarquía, La Vega, Serranía and Guadalhorce that are already enjoying an easing of measures, mainly relating to capacity limits that affect the hospitality, commerce and culture sectors. Axarquía district includes the eastern Costa del Sol..
The move to Level 1 allows greater capacity in shops (up to one hundred per cent) and in culture (up to 85 per cent in theatres, cinemas and auditoriums).
In hospitality, the number of people who can sit at the same table is ten on terraces and eight indoors, the same as Level 2 changes made last week, but the difference is that in Level 1 standing or sitting at the bar is allowed again.
Indoor celebrations will have a maximum of 250 people at Level 1 and conferences may be attended by up to a thousand people indoors and up to 1,500 outdoors.
Wakes are limited to a maximum of 40 people in the open air and bullfights will be allowed to increase their capacity to 75 per cent.
The new easing of measures in the Malaga health district will come into effect on Thursday morning.