Andalucia opens provinces but keeps curfew

by Deborah Cater
Andalucia opens provinces
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From today (29th April), Andalucia opens provinces borders. A committee of experts made the decision to reopen within the region on Tuesday, but to keep the curfew in place. The entry and exit ban for the region also remains.

Juanma Moreno, president of the Junta de Andalucia, announced the committee’s decisions on Tuesday. Other changes to measures are bars and restaurants can stay open until 11 pm and people can enter a bar or restaurant until 10:30 pm. Customers must always respect curfews. Shops and other commercial spaces must close by 10:30 pm at the latest.

For social gatherings in outdoor areas there is a maximum of 6 people,  and in indoor areas the maximum number is 4 people. Curfew remains between 11pm and 6am.

Freer movement as Andalucia opens provinces

The amended measures took effect at midnight (Wednesday to Thursday at 00:00) and apply until 9th May. Then the government intends to abolish the State of Alarm.

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Although the province border are open, the region’s perimeter closure remains. People can only  enter and leave Andalucia for legitimate reasons.

However, the border closure of municipalities with a cumulative incidence of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, measured over 14 days, continues to exist. If a municipality has an incidence of more than 1,000 cases, all non-essential activities must close. The exception is when municipalities have 1,500 or fewer inhabitants. In those cases, “a specific risk assessment” is performed.

The SUR newspaper writes that prior to the meeting, Moreno sparked optimism among the population with a tweet: “Today is an important day that the Andalusians look forward to for a long time. Hopefully we can start with the gradual opening that we all look forward to. There is hope.”

‘Some relief’

The newspaper La Opinión de Málaga writes that the catering sector in the province is optimistic; the extra half hour of opening time offers them “some relief”. The opening of the provinces “will give us some extra lively-ness”. Most entrepreneurs in the sector are ready to welcome all Andalusians with open arms again.

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