Bars, restaurants and shops in all the municipalities across Malaga province can remain open until 10.30pm from this Friday, 19 March.
The new measure, agreed by the Junta de Andalucía, will be in effect until 9 April if the main pandemic indicators do not worsen.
The extension of the opening hours is linked to the change in the curfew, which will be delayed one hour and applied between 11pm and 6am. The maximum size for groups continues to be for a maximum of six people, except inside bar and restaurants where they are reduced to four.
Two municipalities in the province, Colmenar and Gaucín, have to maintain their perimeter lockdown that prevents anyone leaving and entering them - except for justified reasons - for exceeding 500 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days. Colmenar has a cumulative incidence rate of 528 and Guacín's is 629.3.
The announcement was made by the Territorial Committee for High Impact Public Health Alerts of Malaga, which met on Thursday, via videoconference to analyse the incidence data of Covid-19 in the province.
In addition, the committee decided that the towns in the Costa del Sol and Serranía (de Ronda) health districts should move to level 2, while the health districts Malaga, Guadalhorce, Axarquía and La Vega stay at that level.
Some mayors of towns on the western Costa del Sol, such as Torremolinos and Benalmádena, had been openly critical that their municipalities were previously at alert level 3 despite having better incidence data than some other locations in the Malaga province.
There is also an easing of restrictions relating to the capacity of hospitality and commercial businesses and the number of people who attend funerals, religious ceremonies and sporting events.
Level 2 restrictions at a glance
Wakes and funerals: 10 people inside and 25 outside.
Civil and religious ceremonies: 50 per cent of the capacity.
Receptions: 100 people inside and 150 outside. Maximum capacity 75 per cent.
Commercial establishments: 75 per cent of the capacity with a safety distance.
Public transport: 100 per cent of seats and 75 per cent of standing places.
Environmental activities: 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
Hotels, bars and restaurants: 75 per cent of the capacity indoors and 100 per cent on terraces.
Sports facilities: 65 per cent of the capacity, 400 people inside and 800 outside.
Cinemas, theatres, museums and conferences: 75 per cent of the capacity: 400 people inside and 800 outside.
Parks: generally open. Activities: maximum of ten people.