Malaga and the Costa del Sol stay in Phase Zero of government's plan to ease lockdown restrictions

Children on a beach in Malaga this week.
Children on a beach in Malaga this week. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Bars will not be able to open their terraces after all on Monday and social contact restrictions remain as they are at present

The Costa del Sol and the rest of the province of Malaga remain for the time being in Phase Zero of the government's staged winding down of Covid-19 restrictions.

This means that the province will have to wait for a new assessment of conditions before it can move on to Phase One. For the time being therefore bars will not be able to open their terraces, social contact in groups will remain prohibited and local businesses will still only be able to serve customers by appointment.

The head of the government's health emergency committee, Fernando Simón, said on Friday that six of Andalucía's eight provinces would see their restrictions eased from Monday, however Malaga and Granada do not currently meet the necessary conditions.

He did state that both provinces left out of Phase One were very close to meeting the complex criteria laid down as a gauge of the area's progress in the fight against Covid-19 and its capacity to cope with a spike in cases.

The situation in both cases therefore would be reviewed over the coming days, said Simón, suggesting this could be on Monday 18 May.

Phase One conditions will be applied from Monday in the provinces of Cadiz, Seville, Huelva, Cordoba, Jaén and Almeria.

Around half of Spain's population is able to move into Phase One of the government's staged winding down of Covid-19 restrictions, said the Minister for health, Salvador Illa, on Friday.

The situation in Spain's different regions and provinces has been analysed by regional and central governments over the last few days.

In its feedback to central government on Wednesday, the Junta de Andalucía, expressed its doubts about meeting the conditions in Malaga province but had suggested keeping some restrictions in just the city's health district. The government however has kept the entire province back from Phase One for the time being.

Regions that will be going on to Phase One on Monday include Navarra, Cantabria, Galicia, Asturias, Basque Country, La Rioja, Aragón and the Balearics.

The region of Madrid remains in Phase Zero, while Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León and Catalonia are divided.

Valencia stays mainly in Phase Zero, with some exceptions.