The bars in Level 0 health districts will no longer have a capacity or opening hour limitations. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ

Costa del Sol health district remains at alert Level 1 as the rest of Malaga province enjoys eased Covid measures

Capacity and opening hour restrictions are relaxed in the Malaga, Guadalhorce, Axarquía and La Vega health districts, joining the Serranía which moved to Level 0 last week

Ángel Escalera

The entire province of Malaga has moved to coronavirus health alert Level 0, with the exception of the Costa del Sol health district, which will retain the restrictions on opening hours and capacity that bars, restaurants, shops and other businesses have endured since the start of the pandemic.

The decision was announced following a meeting of the Territorial Committee of Junta de Andalucía's High Impact Public Health board this Wednesday (6 October) which will come into effect this Thursday.

The Malaga, Guadalhorce and Axarquía health districts have a cumulative incidence rate of less than 50 Covid infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, which is one of the requirements to move to Level 0. The Serranía health district had already moved to Level 0 last week.

Incidence rate

The La Vega health district, although it has an incidence rate above 50 cases (55.4), will also move to Level 0, since it complies with the rest of the indicators that are measured: having seen a decrease in the number of infections in the last seven days, a dropping occupancy rate of hospital and intensive care units, that diagnostic tests for active infections are decreasing, has good vaccination coverage, a low incidence of cases at 14 days in those over 65 years of age and has a good traceability of infections percentage.

The cumulative incidence rate of the Malaga district is 41.2 positives per 100,000; Guadalhorce is at 38.4 and Axarquía 47.

However, the Costa del Sol health district has an incidence rate of 58.8.

Face masks and social distancing

Despite the further easing of coronavirus restrictions in municipalities that move to Level 0, the Junta de Andalucía has reminded that the use of face masks indoors and in crowds will continue to be mandatory and that the basic pandemic sanitary measures will have to be respected, such as hand washing and maintaining social distancing between people.