All health districts in Malaga province will be on coronavirus alert level 1 from this Thursday (20 May), the lowest level established by the Ministry of Health and the regions to mark the epidemiological risk of an area.
Until last week, Malaga was at level 2 - medium risk - and will now drop one more step to a low-risk level, a sign of the good evolution of the pandemic in the province.
Malaga is the only province in Andalucía that will be completely at level 1 and, like last week, there is no Malaga town that has a border lockdown or will be forced to close non-essential business activity because of a high rate of the disease.
Eight different criteria determine the health alert levels including the cumulative incidence rate at 14 and seven days, the cumulative incidence in the over-65s, the number of people vaccinated and the pressure on hospitals and intensive care units.
The reward for being in health alert level 1 will be an easing of measures with regard to the capacity of events and premises. For example, up to 75 per cent capacity (up to a maximum of 50 people) will be allowed in enclosed spaces for wakes, burials and funeral ceremonies and there are no limitations for outdoor weddings and communions as long as social distancing can be guaranteed.
In hospitality, at alert level 1, 100 per cent of the capacity is allowed on terraces, something that also happens at levels 2 and 3. For indoor tables, only 75 per cent of the capacity can be occupied in level 1.
As for tables, at level 1 there is a limit of eight people indoors and 10 people outdoors. In addition, bar service and consumption is allowed, and buffet service "provided that measures are taken to maintain social distancing between people, signage of transit flows and, the provision of hydroalcoholic gels at the entrance and monitoring of compliance with these measures".
There are also no restrictions at this level on beaches and swimming pools, as long as the social distancing between groups can be maintained.