Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia
Page and section last updated Sat 01-08-2020 at 17.30 hrs.
01-08-2020Rules by Andalucia regional government for bars and restaurants. Max 40 people allowed indoors. Max 12 people allowed at a time on one table. Facemasks use is mandatory (except when eating and drinking. Only table service, no bar service. One person from each table needs to provide contact details; name, surname, mobile phone number..
28-07-2020 Pedro Sánchez said tourists in most Spanish regions would be safer from coronavirus than in the UK, and he was hoping Britain would rethink its move. The UK government said it has no plans to change its decision to reintroduce the quarantine measures - with Boris Johnson's official spokesman warning that "no travel is risk-free during this pandemic". Source BBC News
Coronavirus: When I come back from Spain, will I get paid if I self-isolate? Answer on BBC News website.
27-07-2020 The UK foreign office travel advisory 'against all non essential travel' which had initially only applied to mainland Spain was inexplicably modified to include all Spain.
Spain’s minister for Tourism, Reyes Maroto has assured the travel industry that the government will ask the 17 regions which, based on their epidemiological data, should be included in the ‘air corridors’ and take this proposal forward to the British government.
26-07-2020 New coronavirus quarantine rules have came into force in the UK on Sunday, requiring travellers arriving from Spain to self-isolate for 14 days.
On Sunday the Spanish foreign minister stated that they were in discussions with the UK to request travel corridor exemption for the Islands. Naturally the presidents of the regions of Andalucia and Valencia complained that they were not included in this initiative.
25-07-2020 One month after the end of the lockdown, Spain is recording an increase in cases particularly in Aragon where the number of cases in the last 14 day per 100.00 population is 287, Catalonia is 111 and Navara is 110. The south and the islands record much lower cases; Andalucia 11, Baleares 8 and Canarias 6. See updated chart of Cases by Spanish region. The figure for the UK overall is 15.
The number of recent in cases Andalucia cases is not as widespread as before. There are more clusters associated with a particular incidents; an 'illegal' end of college party in a Cordoba disco had resulted in 40 cases. Andalucia.com believe that the UK should not have removed Spain from the 'travel corridors list of exempted countries', and rebuild the 'airbridge'; for British holidaymakers returning from the airports of the island plus regions with rates lower than the UK. Their travel advisory 'against all non-essential travel' applies to mainland
The number of positive Coronavirus tests in last week in Andalucia was 649. The previous two weeks were 566 and 325. This increase can be see on the graph below. There been have been a total of 19.794 positive tests in Andalucia since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
There have been a total of 1.448 deaths in Andalucia. Two death were recorded on 25-07-2020 and 24-07-2020 and before that on 08-07-2020.
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia total 6.457, up 35 on previous week. Confirmed cases that require intensive care admission in Andalucia number 789, up 4 in previous week.
Estepona, Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola and Benalmadena and Torremolinos have recorded 121, 502, 106, 105, 192 and 173 cases respectively since the beginning of the pandemic of which 9, 80, 15, 4, 15 and 4 were in the last 14 days respectively. Estepona, Marbella, Mijas and Fuengirola, have recorded 4, 15, 4, 3, 10 and 8 deaths respectively since the start of the pandemic.
The following municipalities in Malaga province have not recorded any cases. Istán, Tollox, Serrato, Carratraca, Alfanatejo and El Borge. In Serrania de Ronda; Gaucin, Benarraba, Jubrique, Juzcar, Pujerra, Farajan, Cartajima, Parauta, Alpandeire, Benadalid, Atajate, Jimera de Libar, Montejaque, Montecorto, Torre Alhaquime. In La Axarquia; Totalan, Macharaviaya, Iznate, Comares, Cutar, Vinuela, Canillas de Acetuna, Sedella, Salares, Canillas de Albaida, Archez, Sayalonga.
Andalucia data above released 30-07-2020. Andalucia publishes Confirmed Cases, Deaths for the 33 primary Health Districts and Municipalities. This info source can be seen here.
15-07-2020 Masks are now be obligatory in all open and closed spaces in Andalucia, except in family units. This means masks are worn walking about and entering a restaurant and bars but not whilst eating or drinking. Similarly masks are to be worn walking on the beach or poolside, but not swimming not seated 'under the umbrella' in a family unit. The regional minister clarified the definition of family unit as 'those whom you normally spend time with'. Fines will be issued to those who do not wear mask or do not wear them properly.
11-07-2020 Juanma Moreno, the President of the Junta de Andalucia announced in Ceuta that on Monday he would propose to the Technical-Medical committee that the wearing of face masks in public should be made obligatory. This follows similar rules in Catalonia and Extremadura Regions. At present the wearing of masks is only compulsory if a social distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained.
10-07-2020 British government from today relaxed quarantine restrictions on a list of countries and territories including Spain. Those arriving into England & Wales and Northern Ireland will NOT have to self isolate for 14 days. This exemption also applies to Spanish Nationals and foreign residents who wish to visit or return to England. Lists for Scotland are still to be published.
Spain relaxed its quarantine restriction to travellers from Britain and other EU countries on 14-06-20. However all arrivals, regardless of Nationality or departure country, are required to complete a 'Spain Travel Health' form online and print the QR code and show it to immigration control. If you don't have the online form you will be required to complete a form at the control.