By John Smith • 18 August 2021 • 16:05
Jesús Aguirre, Councillor for Health
Credit: Junta de Andalucia
AS the number of people being infected with Covid-19 is dropping quite significantly Malaga Province is to return to level 2 from Thursday according to Jesús Aguirre, Councillor for Health for the Junta de Andalucia.
The Council of Experts have decided that effective from one minute past midnight on Thursday, August 19, the province will revert to Level 2 from Level 3.
This is good news for most industries especially shops and hospitality as it means that capacity will be increased across the board so that six people (instead of four) can sit together indoors at a bar or restaurant and the interior may fill to 75 per cent capacity.
The list of activities allowed for level 2 is below.
Outdoors and on terraces there is no restriction on capacity (apart from actual space available) and eight people may sit on a single table as opposed to six.
For those who enjoy propping up the bar, this is also allowed again but all must keep a 1.5-metre distance from each other unless cohabitants.
Officially now, large shops may increase capacity to 75 per cent – although in reality there are few stores that have taken the regulations literally – and 1.5 metres distance is still required which will no doubt be enforced in queues for checkout.
For its part, in celebrations, the capacity will be 75 percent indoors, with a maximum of 200 people observing the same restrictions as restaurants whilst outdoors it’s back to a 100 per cent capacity up to a maximum of 400 with no more than eight sitting at a table.
Those wanting to remember the departed are still not so lucky as wakes on the evening of the death are restricted to 15 inside or 25 outside with a maximum of 35 for a procession although no doubt some will use the event following the funeral to hold a celebration in memory of the departed.
Theatres, concert halls and cinemas will now be allowed up to 75 per cent capacity which means that those who have been taking advance bookings may well have to rethink audience logistics as there is also a maximum of six people together with spaces separating them from other groups.
Hotels can utilise 50 per cent of interior common space for guests and 75 per cent externally whilst public transport will become more crowded with 100 per cent of seats available and 75 per cent of standing space.
Sports facilities benefit with 65 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors but there are limits of 15 and 20 people in groups respectively and the 1.5 metre distance rule still applies.
Kids can get together in groups of up to 15 with 40 per cent capacity indoors and 50 per cent outdoors and they may use public playgrounds but capacity will be based on one child per four metres of space.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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