The Official Gazette of the Andalusian Regional Government (BOJA) published an extraordinary edition in the early hours of this Saturday morning, with the new restrictions decided on by the Andalusian Government to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the autonomous region, once the Christmas season is over. These measures will take effect from the beginning of the morning of Monday 11 January and will remain in force until midnight on Sunday 24 to Monday 25 of this month.
Thus, Andalusia is once again closed on a perimeter basis and it will only be possible to enter and leave the region for justified reasons, such as attendance at health centres, work centres, educational centres or required actions. At the moment, mobility between provinces is still maintained, although this will be permanently reviewed in case it should be limited at any time on the advice of experts.
Likewise, the curfew is again set between 22.00 and 6.00 hours, being brought forward by one hour at the beginning, since during the Christmas period it was extended to 23.00 hours.
The eight municipalities in Campo de Gibraltar with a high rate of infection remain closed. La Línea de la Concepción is one of the two cities in Andalusia that are on level four, grade two, so it has been decided to restrict all commercial, catering and leisure activities.
As far as economic activities are concerned, as of this Monday, the catering business will close at 6pm, while the commercial sector will close at 8pm.
With regard to the hotel and catering sector, cafeterias will be able to open until 20.00 hours, provided that no alcoholic drinks are served. Catering businesses that prepare meals will be able to take orders there until 9.30 p.m. They can be ordered by telephone until 10.30pm and delivered to homes until 11.30pm.
On the other hand, the school year will continue “as usual”, according to Moreno, while in the case of universities, classes will be digital in those centres that are in level four alert areas. In these cases, however, it will be possible to maintain attendance for experimental, rotational, Practicum, or similar activities, including research. Likewise, assessment tests may be carried out in person if the universities so wish.
The President of the Board justified these new measures on Friday as the third wave of the pandemic, since in recent days there has been a “slight increase” in the number of infections and hospitalisations.
However, he pointed out that, “fortunately for the moment”, the rate of hospitalisations and deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in Andalusia is lower than in Spain as a whole, which indicates that the measures taken in the run-up to Christmas were ” appropriate”.