By Deirdre Tynan • 01 June 2021 • 8:27
A committee of experts will meet today to decide to what degree the de-escalation of Covid-19 restrictions can proceed in Andalucia.
Early indications are that little will change. According to the Andalucian Government, the situation is not right to relax measures at this time.
That means capacity levels and opening hours in the hospitality sector will stay unchanged.
The Junta has ruled out eliminating the masks in July and experts advocate a slow de-escalation in the region.
Andalucia should have entered the second phase of the de-escalation today, June 1. But the experts are unlikely to recommend de-escalation moves forward.
Minister of Health, Jesus Aguirre, said on May 31 that the position should be “as conservative as possible” in terms of de-escalation management.
Bars and restaurants can only open until midnight, while bars and nightclubs can open until 2am. In addition, based on the level of alert in each health area, there are more or less harsh restrictions on the number of patrons allowed on the premises or the number of diners that can share a table both inside and outside a venue.
The president of Andalucia, Juanma Moreno, will chair the meeting, although he will do so virtually from his home as he is confined after testing positive for coronavirus. He will also have to preside over the Governing Council meeting, which also takes place today, via a computer.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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