The Andalusian Council of Experts, meeting today in the face of slightly increasing Corona infections, has decided to maintain the current measures and not to enter phase 2 on the road to normality. So there will be no greater flexibility in the capacity of people previously allowed in restaurants. These will also have to continue to close at midnight.
The meeting, at which the current epidemiological situation in Andalusia is analysed every week, took place without Prime Minister Juan Manuel Moreno, who is ill with Covid and was connected via video conference. In the preparation of the meeting, Health Minister Jesús Aguirre had already announced that the figures were not as expected and that no further openings were planned.
Andalusia should have entered the second phase of the so-called de-escalation, the path towards normality Tuesday 1 June, with further relaxations such as longer opening hours and expansion of the permitted capacity of people in bars and restaurants. The government had developed a three-step plan to return to normality by 21 June. Jesús Aguirre said that before making any mistakes that would jeopardise the progress of the vaccination campaign, the government preferred to postpone the further opening by two weeks. Here is an overview of the most important rules in phase 1.
Regulations for phase 1 in Andalusia (9 – 31 May, extended by 2 weeks)
- End of the curfew.
- Andalusia reopens its borders with other autonomous regions.
- Gastronomy is allowed to open until midnight.
- In restaurants and bars: 8 people are allowed inside and 10 people outside.
- Events and celebrations: up to 300 people in indoor areas, up to 500 people in outdoor areas.
- Meetings in private homes: No person limit.
- Discotheques and pubs may open until 2am. Distance on the dance floor. The same conditions apply at the bar as for restaurants.
- Cinemas, theatres and sporting events in a health district with risk levels 1 and 2: One free seat between each two spectators. Other risk levels: Distance of 1.5 metres.
- Beaches and swimming pools: No time restrictions, but a special protection plan and a distance of 1.5 metres between people and groups is required.
In phases 2 and 3, the regulations will be further relaxed, among other things with regard to the permissible number of people at meetings in restaurants, etc.
Mask requirement to remain in Andalusia
The Andalusian health minister also ruled out a relaxation of the mask requirement in public places: “The masks as well as the vaccinations protect us the most,” said Aguirre. Last week, the president of the Castilla-La Mancha region had announced that he wanted to end the obligation to wear masks on the streets, but that he would discuss this with the presidents of the other autonomous regions in Spain.
Meanwhile, vaccinations in Andalusia continue to move forward. Andalusian government spokesman Elias Bendodo had commented that June will be “a key month for vaccination” in the region. “It will be a launch pad to reach group immunity at the beginning of July,” he stressed. In June, the group between 40 and 50 years of age will be vaccinated in Andalusia, and vaccination of those under 40 will begin on 7 July.