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Andalucía hopes not to toughen coronavirus restrictions after January 10

People return to their homes before curfew.
People return to their homes before curfew. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • The regional government's vice president, Juan Marín, hopes that the easing of restrictions over Christmas and New Year has not led to a worsening of the pandemic situation

The vice president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, has said that he hopes the current measures that are in force in the region against the coronavirus pandemic can continue to be maintained after 10 January and they do not have to be tightened.

Back in December the regional government announced a progressive, two-phase easing of restrictions from 18 December to 10 January which allowed movement between municipalities, the lifting of the perimeter closure of the region as well as an extension of opening hours for commercial and hospitality businesses.

Marín has said that he hopes the Christmas holidays will not lead to a worsening of the pandemic situation in Andalucía and that the current restrictions will not have to be toughened after 10 January – but it does depend on how the situation evolves.

He stressed that the compliance of Andalusians to the restrictions to date has been “exemplary” but he warned, “We cannot lower our guard at any time.”

Marin went on to say the Junta has taken the "appropriate measures, at the right time," and rejected the criticisms of opposition parties of "chaos and improvisation" launched against the regional government.

"The reality is that the decisions made by the Andalusian government have been correct and I refer you to the data and the facts."

Andalucía hopes not to toughen coronavirus restrictions after January 10

The next meeting of the committee of experts that advises the Junta about the pandemic is scheduled to meet on 4 January.