MALAGA, Guadalhorce and Costa del Sol health districts have been moved back to the more restrictive level 2 health alert due to a rise in coronavirus infections in Malaga province in recent days.

The advance of COVID-19 in the province has forced three of the six health districts to take a step backwards.

The decision was taken yesterday afternoon following a meeting by the territorial committee of High Impact Public Health Alerts to analyse the epidemiological situation of each municipality.

The decision affects 31 municipalities which will see new measures in place as of today, July 8.

The reduction from level 1 to 2 in the Malaga, Guadalhorce and Costa del Sol districts sees the following restrictions:

  • The capacity in stores and shopping centres has been reduced to 75%.
  • The capacity in gyms has been reduced from 75% to 65%
  • The capacity in the hospitality industry remains unchanged: 75% indoors and 100% on terraces.
  • Bar service will also be allowed, as well as buffet service, provided that the social distance of 1.5 metres can be met.
  • The number of customers that can be seated at the same table has been reduced: Inside, a maximum of six people are permitted at the same table, reduced from eight and outside table numbers have been reduced from ten to eight.
  • Businesses with a disco licence may open until two in the morning. Hospitality establishments will have to close one hour earlier, although from midnight they will no longer be able to receive new customers.
  • 50% capacity is permitted at civil and religious ceremonies.
  • Banquets may not have more than 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors with a maximum capacity of 75%.
  • Wakes and funerals may only be attended by 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • The capacity of sports facilities has been reduced to 65%.

The affected towns in the Malaga health district include Malaga city as well as: Rincon de la Victoria, Almogia, Totalan, Macharaviaya and Moclinejo.

In the Guadalhorce Valley health district, the affected towns are: Alozaina, Casarabonela, Tolox, Yunquera, Alora, Ardales, Carratraca, Cartama, Pizarra, Alhaurin de la Torre, Alhaurin el Grande, Coin, Guaro and Monda.

In the Costa del Sol health district, the towns that have been moved back to health alert level 2 are: Estepona, Casares, Manilva, Marbella, Benahavis, Istan, Ojén, Fuengirola, Mijas, Torremolinos and Benalmadena.

The Serrania, La Vega and Axarquia health districts remain at risk level 1.

The three health districts returning to level 2 are considered at extreme risk of Covid spread because they have crossed the 14-day cumulative incidence of more than 250 cases per 100,000 threshold.

The highest incidence rate has been registered in Costa del Sol, with 386.1, followed by Malaga, with 290.3 and then Guadalhorce, with 259.1.

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