Restrictions on the capacity and opening hours of bars, restaurants, shops and other businesses end across the province of Malaga after the Costa del Sol health district moved to level 0. The other five districts, Axarquia, La Vega, Malaga, Serrania and Guadalhorce, no longer have limitations and are at level 0. The decision was made public after this Wednesday’s meeting of the high-impact Territorial Public Health Committee. The measure will enter into force this Thursday at midnight and will be applied in the 11 municipalities of the western Costa del Sol: Benahavís, Benalmádena, Casares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Istán, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, Ojén and Torremolinos.
Although the Costa del Sol district has a cumulative incidence (AI) of more than 50 cases per 100. 000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (54.2), the committee agreed to raise it to level 0 because it improved in the other indicators analyzed: having a decreasing number of infections in the last seven days , have reduced hospital ward and intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy, that active infection diagnostic tests (PDIA) are down, have good vaccination coverage, have a low incidence of cases at 14 days in the over 65s and have a good percentage of infection traceability.
The lifting of capacity and opening time restrictions has been long awaited by the Costa del Sol’s hospitality and retail sectors, as it will allow them to return to the normal situation they had before arrival. of the coronavirus crisis, which will have a beneficial impact on their profit and loss account. This will allow them to balance their income, which has been greatly reduced by the limitations imposed to deal with the virus.
At health alert level 0, activities such as events or shows are authorized without exceeding in any case the capacity authorized by the applicable regulations and “always with the greatest possible interpersonal distance that allows the maintenance of preventive measures and appropriate hygiene practices to avoid the risk of contagion, in particular those that consist in avoiding crowds of people and having adequate ventilation in closed spaces, reports the Junta de Andalucía.