New restrictions on nightlife and smoking now in force across Andalucía

New restrictions on nightlife and smoking now in force across Andalucía
  • The Junta de Andalucía has published the regulations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19, agreed at last week's meeting between central and regional government

Smoking is now banned in the street and public spaces in Andalucía wherever the smoker cannot guarantee a distance of two metres from other people.

This is one of the new restrictions published by the Junta de Andalucía on Sunday, and in force from Monday, as a result of Friday's Interterritorial meeting between central and regional governments.

The new order also establishes PCR lab tests for Covid-19 for all new healthworkers or those returning from holidays and brings in new restrictions affecting nightlife and bars and restaurants.

As expected, the Junta no longer authorises the opening of recreational establishments such as nightclubs and disco-bars.

Distance in bars

Bars, cafeterias and restaurants will also have to adhere to capacity restrictions of 75% indoors, and 60% in specific hostelry establishments with music.

Bars, cafeterias and restaurants must ensure a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between customers or groups of customers at the bar or at tables or groups of tables, although the size of groups is now limited to 10 people.

These establishments must close at 1am with the last admission for new customers at 12 midnight.

Other events will require a risk assessment by the health authorities before authorisation and in any case will not be able to continue beyond 1am.

Smoking ban

The new smoking ban is applicable to all outdoor public spaces, from streets to bar terraces where a minimum distance of two metres cannot be respected. This applies to all devices, such as water pipes and e-cigarettes.

The order also establishes new rules regarding visits to care homes and PCR testing in the case of local Covid-19 outbreaks.

In the case of private social gatherings, the Junta recommends that these be limited to stable households and contacts and to groups of no more than ten people.