A busy bar in Malaga. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ

Covid restrictions eased as all Malaga health districts move to alert Level 2

The measure will permit an increase in the maximum capacity allowed in the hospitality, commerce and culture sectors

ÁNGEL ESCALERA

All six health districts in Malaga province have seen an improvement in their coronavirus situation and have passed from Covid alert Level 3 down to 2. The move will lead to an easing of pandemic control measures and fewer restrictions in the hospitality, commerce, culture and sport sectors.

This has been decided by the Junta de Andalucía's Territorial Committee for High Impact Public Health during its meeting this Wednesday, 18 August, and will take effect from Thursday and apply for a week.

As a result, in the hospitality industry, a 75 per cent capacity will be allowed indoors (25 per cent more that at Level 3) and up to six people per table (two more than before), while 100 per cent capacity will be allowed on the terraces, with a maximum of eight clients per table (in Level 3 it was six). Customers can eat or drink at the bar, but keeping a distance of 1.5 metres.

In shops, the authorised capacity is 75 per cent (at Level 3 it was 60 per cent), with a distance of 1.5 metres between shoppers. In markets the allowed capacity can be one hundred per cent. The capacity for celebrations will be 75 per cent indoors, with a maximum of 200 people (six per table), while in outdoor venues there may be up to 400 guests (one hundred per cent capacity) and eight people per table.

In cinemas, theatres and circuses, the allowed capacity is 75 per cent with social distancing. A maximum of six people will be allowed in groups. In bullfighting shows, the capacity will be 50 per cent, with social distancing.

On public transport, one hundred per cent of the seats and 75 per cent of the space intended for standing can be occupied. Similarly, in sports facilities, the authorised capacity is 65 per cent indoors, with up to 15 people, and 75 per cent outdoors, with a maximum of 20 individuals. Both outdoors and indoors, the separation between people must be 1.5 metres.

Regarding children's leisure, Level 2 allows a 40 per cent capacity indoors and 50 per cent outdoors, with groups of 15 children. In playgrounds there can be one person for every four square metres and groups of up to 20.