Andalucía's borders are now closed as new restrictions come into effect

Antequera, one of the municipalities to have movement restricted.
Antequera, one of the municipalities to have movement restricted. / Antonio J. Guerrero
  • Movement into and out of the region is now only permitted with a valid reason while bars and restaurants shut at 10.30pm for the first time, in accordance with new restrictions

No one is now permitted to enter or leave the region of Andalucía without a valid reason. This comes as new restrictions announced on Wednesday by the Junta de Andalucía regional government came into effect at 12am on Friday. This measure will stay in place for ten days, until 9 November.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, made the announcement on Wednesday evening after a meeting with the committee of experts who are advising the authority on measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

As part of the measures, provincial borders are also closed in Jaén, Seville and Granada, as well as those of 448 municipalities in the region.

These include the Vega de Málaga health district in the north of the province of Malaga which comprises Alameda, Almargen, Antequera, Archidona, Campillos, Cañete la Real, Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Fuente de Piedra, Humilladero, Mollina, Sierra de Yeguas, Teba, Valle de Abdalajís, Villanueva de Algaidas, Villanueva de la Concepción, Villanueva de Tapia, Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco.

Bars must close at 10.30pm

Moreno also announced that the current night curfew would remain as established by the central government on Sunday, between 11pm and 6am, adding that bars and restaurants would now have to close at 10.30pm. This took effect for the first time on Thursday night, allowing enough time for customers to get home and for the establishments to pack up.

A bar in Malaga city closes up at 10.30pm on Thursday night.

A bar in Malaga city closes up at 10.30pm on Thursday night. / Salvador Salas

Gatherings limited to six people

Family and social gatherings limited to six people, unless they are from the same household, is another of the restrictions listed on Wednesday.

"Nothing will be as it was," said Moreno, calling for the maximum collaboration of the general public. This is the most serious situation we have ever faced, he said.

Moreno had hinted earlier this week that Andalucía would close its borders to prevent the expected influx of visitors for this coming All Saints holiday weekend.

The measures come after the central government declared a new state of alarm on Sunday, imposing the nighttime curfew on the entire country, except for the Canaries.

International borders with Spain have not closed. Flights are arriving at Malaga Airport as scheduled.