Coronavirus Chronology

Social distancing in Andalucia  © Michelle Chaplow
Social distancing in Andalucia

Chronology of the Coronavirus pandemic in Spain

The lockdown in Wahun China began on 16 January. The peak in China was 4th February although there was a later spike. Cases had diminished in China by 9th March and restrictions began to be lifted.

10-03-2020 Tuesday
We received an email from one of our readers, Cheryl Jessop asking if Semana Santa would still go ahead. We replied "As far as we know the Feria is still planned to go ahead. Of course it will depend on events over the next month, but we do not hear any talk of cancellations in local media or social media." We had received several similar emails of the previous week so set up a Coronavirus page to advise tourists of the normality in Andalucia. Things changed very fast over the next few days.

11-03-2020 Wednesday
The Moroccan government ordered the suspension of all passenger ferry from Andalucia to Morocco and all flights from Spain from 13-03-2020. This was put into effect immediately between Algeciras and Tarifa to Tánger town and Tánger Med.  Ferries to Ceuta and Melilla continued but the Moroccan border was closed except for special  openings to allow tourist to cross back into Spain.

11-03-2020 Wednesday
Flights between Spain and Italy were suspended

12-03-2020 Thursday
It is was announced that Kindergartens, Schools, Colleges and Universities in all Andalucia would be closed on from Monday 16th March by order of the Andalucia Health Service (SAS).

12-03-2020 Thursday
Andalucia the regional government announced that the Alhambra de Granada, Picasso Malaga, Bellas Artes Sevilla, Medinat al-Zahra in Córdoba, Real Alcázar in Sevilla and all the 27 museums and monuments managed by the Junta de Andalucia were closed from immediate effect. The closure also applied to the theatres and libraries of the Junta de Andalucia (regional government) and to concerts or any cultural event that they had programmed. Sierra Nevada closed for the rest of the season. The Parador chain of hotels closed and like some other hotel chains such as Room Mates have offered use of hotels as hospitals if needed.  Many other hotels have closed in response to all the cancellations.

12-03-2020 Thursday
Pedro Sanchez issues a state of Alarm, although no details provided. 

13-03-2020 Friday
In Andalucia on Friday 13-03-2020 the regional government issued an order to close all the bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, parks, and beaches in Andalucia. Only food shops, pharmacies, medical centres, vets, kiosks were allowed to be open.

14-03-2020 Saturday
At a meeting in Seville on Saturday morning the President of the Semana Santa (Holy Week) (5th to 11th April 2020) 'brotherhoods' and the Archbishop asked the Mayor to cancel the Semana Santa processions. The mayor agreed and later issued an official declaration. Saturday afternoon Jerez de la Frontera, Cordoba, Granada, El Puerto de Santa María and Cadiz also cancelled their Semana Santa processions. The decree restricting movement in Spain issued that evening effectively cancels Semana Santa processions in 2020.

14-03-2020 Saturday
Pedro Sanchez, presidente (Prime Minister) of the National Government issued a decree on television in the evening, in effect stopping all leisure activity. It was published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) late that evening. Rumours that Spanish air space was to be closed were untrue, however air travel was included in the decree limiting flights to 50% from 17-04-2020.

15-03-2020 Sunday
Feria de Sevilla (Spring Fair) the Mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas announced that the Seville Spring Fair would be postponed until September 2020. No exact dates were given but it will probably be the second fortnight in September 2020. It is the first time that it has not taken place in the Spring since the fair was founded in 1847. It had been due to take place from 26 April to 2nd May 2020. The Mayor had always stated it would go ahead but had conceded two days ago that if it had to be suspended, the first option would be a postponement.

18-03-2020 Wednesday
Spain closed its land borders into France and Portugal at midnight and also sea ports to inbound travellers. Airports would cease to admit international passengers on the 22-04-2020.

21-03-2020 Saturday
Pedro Sanchez, President of the Government of Spain spoke to the nation at 21.00, actually 20 mins late. He spoke for two hrs including Q&A and with nothing of substance was said. Journalist´s questions were selected and read out by the chief of communications.

22-03-2020 Sunday
The state of Alarm and associated lockdown on travel and leisure in Spain was extended until midnight 11th April 2020. This was announced by the Government following a call with the regional Presidents. The Andalucian government swiftly announced that it had supported the decision

22-03-2020 Sunday
Since midnight the only people who are now allowed entry into Spain are Spanish nationals, long term residents returning home, cross border workers, health care professionals, freight transport drivers, diplomats, or those on imperative family duty. This does not apply to the land borders of Andorra and Gibraltar. Source BOE    Leaving Spain by land is not restricted. 

23-03-2020 Monday
Gibraltar in a separate initiative ordered a lockdown from midnight.

24-03-2020 Tuesday
The extension to the Sate of Alarm and renewed lockdown was ratified by Congress.

Testing has increased in Andalucia and 11 drive-through centres have been set up in the cities where mouth swabs are taken quickly and efficiently. These are still limited to medical and security personnel.

One of this issues of the current situation is the lack of detailed information being published by the national and regional authorities. The national government give a daily update with figures at regional level, the region followed up with info at provincial level. The Andalucia health department government used to  report each case; sex, age, hospital or home province of the patient. 

 Matthew Bennett in Madrid has built up a 120.000 Twitter following by including info, mainly public domain but hidden away, that the mainstream media tends to avoid. He tweeted “I've been trying to get more information about the Coronavirus situation in Spain out of the health ministries for 4 weeks. People, locked down in their homes, with a possible mortal danger outside, want to know where the clusters are and what's going on, and that is normal.” By the 28-03-2020 Matthew noticed that  "The issue of Coronavirus data in Spain still depends on the region, even for the ones trying to do something. Few are doing so but of those who are, each region is doing it in its own way with different pages, formats and lists of data." He tweeted links to geo data from Catalunia, Basque Country, Castilla y Leon, Canary Islands, and Murcia. Andalucia regional government only published data for the 8 provinces and extended this to the health districts where the data comes from on 10-04-2020.

In Marbella thanks to Maria José Cañete, President of Helicopteros Sanitarios we know “27 people who tested positive for coronavirus are now hospitalized in Marbella hospitals and we sincerely hope that they recover soon." Maria Jose also mentions that they have some Coronavirus tests available. (Source

26-03-2020 Thursday
It was expected that all hotels, tourist apartments and campsites in Spain would be closed on Thursday 26 March however the BOE published a list of hotels and short-stay accommodation that would remain open during the state of emergency, not for tourism but only to accommodate workers or other acting within the existing lockdown rules. There are about 30 named in Andalucia. More>  and an appendix says any hotel can stay open within the lockdown rules.  This had followed confusion during the previous week when the British Foreign Office advise to travellers mentioned Spanish hotels would close on the 24th. The following day a Spanish Government spokesman denied the story and said tourist were welcome to stay for the duration of their bookings.  

28-03-2020 Saturday
Spanish President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez held his third lengthy Saturday night TV speech to the country on 28-03-2020.  As from Monday all non essential workers will be required to stay at home until Thursday 9th April. They will be paid and will have to make up the hours in the future. Many office workers are already working from home and this will continue. Mr Sanchez defined essential as those the defined in the (14-03-2020) decree. There was further discussion on this definition.  The measure was clearly directed at construction and non essential manufacturing industry. The sudden announcement was met with criticism for lack of time allowed for preparation. 

29-03-2020 Sunday
When BOE was published at midnight it did say the non-essential workers could travel to their work place on the Monday to ensure security (of building sites), collect personal tools and personal belongings and files need to work from home.

We are told a Task Force headed by Theresa Ribera,  Minister for ecological (energy and climate change) transition since June 2018 and Fourth Deputy prime minister since Jan 2020). The task force is meeting on a very discreet basis group includes unnamed experts and heads of different government divisions and Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya providing information about measures being taken in other countries. It also includes José Luis Escrivá, the social security minister and economist. It was announced on 14-04-20 by Arancha that a representatives from each of Spain's 17 regions has joined the taskforce. Presumably the first practical task of the group was to recommend to the Prime Minister that Under 14s (accompanied) be allowed a one hour exercise break. Since the detailed rules of that changes several times up to midnight the night before it underlines the complexity of the task. As the regions such as Andalucia started grabbing headlines revealing their plans, Pedro Sanchez took the initiative and on Saturday 24-04-202 mentioned he would be announcing the de-escalation plan next Tuesday. Hopefully Theresa Ribera was not taken by surprise. Duly on the evening of Tuesday 28-04-2020 the "Plan for the Transition to a new Normality"  was revealed: four stages over 8 weeks on a province by province basis. Tourist arrivals are not mentioned. 

10-04-2020 Friday
Friday 10th was Good Friday easter bank holiday and Thursday 9th was a regional holiday in Andalucia. Television station replayed Semana Santa processions from  previous years.  

11-04-2020 Saturday
Spanish President of the Government (Prime Minister), Pedro Sanchez announced on his regular televised press conference on Saturday evening that on essential workers could return to work as long as their employers provided them with gloves and face masks and were able to respect social distances of 2m. Face masks would be given out at metro stations and on public transport from Monday morning.  

18-04-2020  Saturday
Spanish President of the Government (Prime Minister), Pedro Sanchez announced on his regular televised press conference on Saturday evening that children up to 12 will be aloud out to exercise from the following Sunday.

There was confusion and clarification during the week as to exactly which children would be allowed out and what they could do. Sanidad, the Ministry of Health in Madrid said children under 14 years, can accompany their parents or adult sibling on walks to supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies. The rational was that these were the already permitted journeys. When so many  people pointed out that a walk in the park would be safer than a trip to the supermarket, this was later extended to ‘short walks' within one block of the house. This first step made it clear that running, cycling, skating, nor ball-games were not permitted, later this was modified to only apply between the hours of 09:00 and 21:00 hrs for duration of one hour, keeping within 1km radius of the family home. In the end, ball, toys, cycles were permitted but childrens playgrounds were out of bounds and parks would not generally open. The Health Ministry also clarified that 14-17 year olds were permitted to visit supermarkets, chemists and banks in the same way that adults do.

Marbella was the first town hall to announce the opening its beaches on Sunday 26-04-2020 so that residents can use the beaches for walks with children. Bathing, sunbathing, ball games will continue to be prohibited. The Local Police and Protection Civil monitored the situation to enforce social distancing.  The 37 km of Marbella beaches were closed on 14th March and they are being reopened on the recommendations of the Regional Government. Beach rules are complex in normal times as National, regional and local authority divide responsibilities.  The rationale is that as the seafront promenade will be popular with parents and children the beach will offer more space to avoid the crowds. Shortly after Mijas made a similar announcement and other seaside town in Andalucia were expected to make similar announcements. Late on Saturday Malaga city anounced the same. 

21-04-2020 Tuesday
Manuel Moreno, the President of the Junta de Andalucia announced his plan on Tuesday to open the beaches this summer with limits on numbers. He said in a TV interview that this could be accomplished with local police supervising. Families would need to maintain distancing rules and once a beach reached a limit, no more people would be allowed on the beach. He said that he had already told Pedro Sanchez, that the towns and ‘comarcas' of Andalucia could be the first to be released from the lockdown since the Coronavirus confirmed cases and deaths, especially in Huelva and Almeria province were less than other parts of Spain.

23-04-2020 Thursday
Andalucia regional minister for Tourism, Juan Marín, "We are working on a plan that it will be reasonable to open certain activity in May," he said, adding that hotels could open in June. Tourism ministers tend to talk to the industry and not to tourists;  Marin is no exception, Regional ministry's strategy includes measures that are estimated to have a positive impact of 243 million euros on the tourism sector and 740 million euros on Andalucía's economy as a whole.  The regional authority's recovery strategy also includes a 2.25-million-euro spend on tourism promotion for Andalucía.

24-04-2020 Friday
In Seville the Mayor announced that the plan to hold the 2020 Spring Fair (Feria de Abril) in September has now been abandoned. One of the main considerations was cost since 2m euro of the budget had already been spent. Stall holders and caseta holders will be refunded their fees. Workman began to dismantle the fairground.

25-04-2020 Saturday
Spanish President of the Government (Prime Minister), Pedro Sanchez announced on his regular televised press conference on Saturday evening  that everyone will be allowed to go out for exercise and for walks starting on May 2 if coronavirus figures go down. The de-escalation will occur at different speeds depending on the situation in each region. The prime minister added that the central government will be responsible for the de-escalation plan, despite complaints from regional leaders, a reference to Andalucia (see 21-04-2020)

At Midnight in Seville when the feria would have started, many Sevillanos dressed in Feria suits and sang and danced on their balconies. Lights in apartment blocks were turned on at midnight to represent the 'alumbrado', the turning on of the feria lights.

26-04-2020 Sunday
First truly visible signs of some relaxation of lockdown with children and parents out walking and cycling on this sunny morning. 

26-04-2020 Sunday
Manual Moreno, President of the Junta de Andalucia announced that he was sending the Andalucia de-escalation plan to Pedro Sanchez the Prime Minister in Madrid. It included opening of hairdressing and beauty salons on 11-05-2020 and restaurants and bars on 25-05-2020, as long as they follow strict containment rules, funerals without overnight vigils from 18-05-2020 and religious services from 02-05-2020. On de-confinement he said little "gradual, asymmetric and controlled" This was well received in local media as though it was a fact rather than a suggestion. The main justification is based on Andalucia’s favourable position relative to other regions. For two weeks the ‘r’ (average contagion rate) has been less than 1 and Andalucia is third in list of cases per 100.000 populations. [Actually 4th since last Thursday behind Murcia, Canarias, Extremadura and not counting Ceuta and Melilla]. Andalucia has enough availability of beds in ICUs. He also repeated his wish for the beaches to open in the summer (with squares separating sunbeds or towels) and that the provinces of Huelva and Almeria are particularly well placed to be in the first phase of de-escalation. Moreno also revealed that 275 of the 786 municipalities in Andalucia have not succumbed to the pandemic and are completely free of the virus and this data will be included in the report Coronavirus rates broken down by municipality. [Something that has been top secret, why release it now? To back the request "that Andalucia is prepared to begin de-escalation by Province, Health district, or Comarca" or because the number are now looking better.]

28-04-2020 Tuesday
Duly on the evening of Tuesday 28-04-2020 the "Plan for the Transition to a new Normality"  was revealed: four stages over 8 weeks on a province by province basis. It will last eight weeks until the end of June. "there will be no movement between provinces or islands until the new normal is reached." During all this time, successive extensions of the state of alarm will be approved allowing the Government the retain authority on actions. Tourist arrivals were not mentioned.  

30-04-2020 Thursday
Minister for Health Salvador Illa, detailed on Thursday 30-04-2020 (and was published in BOE next morning) how adults are able to go for a walk or undertake individual sports. From 06.00 to 10.00 hrs and from 20.00 to 23.00 hrs persons between 14 yrs and 70 yrs can go for one walk a day, maximum distance from home 1km. Two people can walk together if they live together or if one is a carer, keeping at least 1m to 2m from others. This is also the time for individuals (not pairs) to practice exercise or sport ie go running or cycling. The one km limit does not apply to sport but must remain within municipality. You can not travel by car or public transport to a spot to start the 1km radius. From 10.00 to 12.00 hrs is the time for the over 70's and those needing a help. From 12.00 to 19.00 hrs is the time for children under 14 accompanied by an adult as permitted since Sunday 26-04-2020. In municipalities of less than 5.000 inhabitants the hours do not apply.

02-05-2020 Saturday
Pedro Sánchez gave some more details of the phased de-escalation "Plan for the Transition to a new Normality" (Plan para la Transición a una nueva Normalidad) on his regular Saturday evening televised press conference. We have updated the de-escalation plan phase rules below. From Monday 04-02-2020 the use of masks on public transport will be obligatory. It was only recommended before, but has passed to be obligatory as there are now sufficient stocks. On Wednesday 06-05-2020 he will ask Congress for another two week extension of the State of Alarm up to 23-05-2020.

04-05-2020 Monday
Cafes and Restaurants may open for a take away service, ordered by telephone, email or app. Small service shops (but not shopping centers) can open, under strict security conditions, to attend to individual clients who have an appointment made by telephone, email or app. Examples given were bookshops, ironmongers, hairdressers, repair shops. Preference must be given to over 65 yrs 10.00 to 12.00 hrs and 19.00 to 210.00 hrs). Shops must be cleaned twice a day, uniforms washed daily, clients may not use shop's bathroom. One employee attending one client at a time. Clients must not travel between municipalities (except very small municipalities).

04-05-2020 Monday
Phase 1 openings were allowed in four islands Formentera (Balearic Islands), a Gomera, el Hierro, la Graciosa (Canary Islands).

06-05-2020 Sunday
Andalucia Government has applied to Ministry of Sanidad for all Andalucia except health districts of Malaga city, Granada city, La Vega and Granada metropolitan area to move into Phase One on Monday 11-05-2020. This decision is based on 14 criteria, however the IA(14d) charts in this section are very indicative. The Ministry of Sanidad has now said that they prepared to to review which provinces that can move up to the next phase on a weekly basis, however as per the original plan provinces must remain in each of the three phases for at least two weeks. This opens the possibility that the Costa del Sol might move to Phase One on Monday 18-05-2020. the earliest that the Costa del Sol could reach the New Normality would be 29-06-2020.  One assumes hotels and tourism (with restrictions) would be open for business from that date. 

08-05-2020 Tuesday
The Ministry of Sanidad (Health) announced, the provinces that would pass to Phase One on Monday 11-05-2020. In Andalucia Huelva, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Jaén and Almeria provinces will pass to Phase One on Monday. Malaga (which includes the Costa del Sol ) and Granada will not. In total 51% of the population of Spain will pass to Phase One on Monday. Madrid and most of Catalonia will not. Phase One includes the opening of bar terraces to 50% capacity and meetings of up to ten people.

Andalucia Government has applied to Ministry of Sanidad for all Andalucia except health districts of Malaga city, Granada city, La Vega and Granada metropolitan area to move into Phase One on Monday 11-05-2020. This decision is based on 14 criteria, however the IA(14d) charts in this section are very indicative. The Ministry of Sanidad has now said that they prepared to to review which provinces that can move up to the next phase on a weekly basis, however as per the original plan provinces must remain in each of the three phases for at least two weeks.

This opens the possibility that the Costa del Sol might move to Phase One on Monday 18-05-2020 (and reach the 'New Normal' by 29-06-2020). This was confirmed by Fernando Simón of Ministerio de Sanidad at his daily press conference on 09-05-2020 and explained that Andalucia submission"was a little different" from the other regions because "all had made concrete proposals with complete territorial units", whereas Andalucía had proposed six complete provinces that met the criteria and then in two provinces; Granada and Málaga, the proposal was for parts of the territory that should pass. Whilst most of Malaga prefered to blame to failure to move forward on 'political motives' and 'dealing a blow the the reputation and recovery of the Costa del Sol", Sebastian Sanchez in Malaga Hoy offered a more reasoned explanation; "Sources close to the Ministry of Health directly alluded to the fact that the Junta de Andalucia lacks a plan “to guarantee that there is no mobility between zones in Phase 0 and Zones in Phase 1 within the same province, as well as how to isolate those zones in case of a possible rebound." On 11-05-2020 Andalucia said they were resumbiting the same proposal to Sanidad in Madrid.

12-05-2020 Tuesday
All travelers from abroad must enter a 14-day quarantine from Friday 15-05-2020 as published in the BOE on 12-05-2020. People must remain at home or in hotels / apartments and must limit their local travel essential such as buying food or vising chemist or doctor and must wear a mask. Travel agencies and tour operators must advise clients of these measures. Airlines will require passengers to complete a ‘Passenger Location card', for contact details and the address of the quarantine. The health authorities may contact and monitor the people in quarantine. This applies to Spaniards, and foreign residents or anybody entering Spain.

This quarantine notice updates the previous rule that travel from any country by land or sea or air into Spain was not permitted for tourism or leisure since the Spanish government under the special powers granted under the State of Alert, The land borders with France & Portugal (but not Gibraltar* nor Andorra) and all Sea ports were closed to all inbound non essential passengers on 18-03-2020. Roadblock are being maintained 24/7. The airports such as Malaga were closed a few days later, the delay was to allow commercial flights to operate and help tourists (and others including foreign residents) to leave Spain. The only people who can enter Spain are cross border workers, health care professionals, freight transport drivers, diplomats, or those on imperative family duty.

15-05-2020 Friday
The current Spanish international arrival ban on all except Spanish, their spouses, long term foreign residents was renewed until 15-06-2020.  Cross-border workers, carriers and crews, as well as health professionals who are going to carry out their work, are excepted from these measures, provided they have not been in contact with people diagnosed with Coronavirus  The EU also renewed their ban on EU arrivals and suggested an air bridge between safe inter EU destinations could be developed. 

This follows a recommendation by the European Commission “to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU until 15 June.” However Brussels had asked member states to allow free internal movement for European citizens.

This does not conflict with the previously issued 14-day quarantine order starting 15-05-2020 in the sense that essential travellers including returning home Spanish national and long term foreign residents (updated to include spouses) who gain entry will have to quarantine for 14 days, (see below)

15-05-2020 Friday

Malaga and Granada provinces moved forward to Phase 1 on Monday 18-05-2020 joining the rest of Andalucia. Madrid Region and the city of Barcelona as well as large parts of Castilla y León totalling 30% of Spanish population remain in Phase 0.

20-05-2020 Saturday
A ministerial order was published in the BOE today stating that from tomorrow it will be obligatory to wear face-masks in public spaces; whether in open air or inside including shops. This is anywhere that it is impossible to maintain 2 metres social distancing.

Some people are exempt; A child under 7 years old. Those with respiratory difficulties which could be aggravated by wearing a mask. Those who have been advised against wearing a mask for justified health reasons. Those with a disability or dependency where wearing a mask causes issue.

Activities that are incompatible with the mask are also exempt. For example, eating and drinking on a public terrace. As always, causes of force majeure or a situation of need is exempt too.

Malaga and Granada provinces moved forward to Phase 1 on Monday 18-05-2020 joining the rest of Andalucia. Madrid Region and the city of Barcelona as well as large parts of Castilla y León totalling 30% of Spanish population remain in Phase 0.

21-05-2020 Sunday
Teresa Ribera the Spanish Government Minister responsible for the de-escalation plan said in an interview with EFE (state press agency ) regarding the return of international tourists, “Our idea is that we could work with safe origins and destinations and this is more likely to be in July than June.”

22-05-2020 Monday
The Ministry of Sanidad (Health) announced the provinces that would pass to Phase Two. In Andalucia Huelva, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Jaén and Almeria provinces pass to Phase Two on Monday 25-05-2020. Malaga (which includes the Costa del Sol ) and Granada remain in Phase One (probably for another week). All remaining parts of Spain including Madrid, Barcelona and Castilla y Leon pass to Phase One on Monday.

23-05-2020 Tuesday
Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister announced that international tourists would be able to return to Spain in July. He was not specific on date nor conditions. He basically repeated Teresa Ribera words of 21-05-2020 (see below) being conditional on secure options. He also said that Spaniards should start planning their own holidays from the end of June. La Liga and other football competitions would resume behind closed doors on the 08-06-2020 he added.

30-05-2020 Saturday
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, in an interview with EFE confirmed the Spanish Government is working on safe corridor projects so that in the second half of June some regions, currently Balearic and Canary Islands, can receive foreign tourists, possibly German and Nordic, as a first step to open Spanish borders to international tourists on 01-07-2020.

31-05-2020 Sunday
Pedro Sánchez, Prime minister announced that he will request Congress for the sixth and final State of Alarm renewal up to 21-06-2020. By which time most of Spain will have passes stage 3 and be in the 'new normality'. It is understood the intention after 21-06-2020 is to pass the responsibility over to the Regional Governments and health authorities.

The 14-day quarantine imposed on all foreign tourists could end on 21-06-2020 a government source told TVE, but it will depend of the EU agreements. It was previously announced to finish on 01-07-2020. Francina Armengol, President of Balearic islands stated that Pedro Sánchez had agreed to end this restriction on international tourist arrivals on that date as well. Sanchez said in a TV address on Sunday that the approach is to lift the quarantine when the state of alarm ends so that "in July many foreign tourists can be received in Spain with security guarantees, for them and for the population as a whole ".

03-06-2020 Wednesday
Pedro Sánchez, Prime minister passed in Congress for the sixth and final State of Alarm renewal up to 21-06-2020. By which time most of Spain will have passes stage 3 and be in the 'new normality'. After the State of Alarm there will be a specif Law passed by Congress and various powers and responsibilites will be returned or devolved to the Regional administrations.

The 14-day quarantine imposed on all foreign tourists could end on 21-06-2020 a government source told TVE, but it will depend of the EU agreements. It was previously announced to finish on 01-07-2020. Francina Armengol, President of Balearic islands stated that Pedro Sánchez had agreed to end this restriction on international tourist arrivals on that date as well. Sanchez said in a TV address on Sunday that the approach is to lift the quarantine when the state of alarm ends so that "in July many foreign tourists can be received in Spain with security guarantees, for them and for the population as a whole ".

04-06-2020 Thursday

04-06-2020 Spain will lift the 14-day quarantine on incoming international tourists from 01-07-2020. Spain will be lift incoming restrictions at its land borders with France and Portugal from Monday 22 June. The Spanish government has also clarified that it intends to lift the restrictions for 'safe international mobility' on 01-07-2020. This was announced by Pedro Sánchez but no details were given.

05-06-2020 Friday
Minister for Sanidad announced that Malaga and Granada province will join the other six provinces in Andalucia in moving into Phase Three on Monday 8-06-2020. This unification was at the repeated request of the President of Andalucia. Malaga and Granada provinces were only in Phase Two for a week not two. In Phase Three it is now up the the regions whether the citizens can travel between provinces for leisure. This suggests that all Andalucia and most of Spain will complete Phase Three on Sunday 21-06-2020. The EU has recommended that member countries open up their internal borders to other EU countries as soon as possible and before the end of June.

06-06-2020 Saturday
The Junta de Andalucia has announced that it will make use of the new powers and will lift the internal provincial borders within the community. This will enable those staying on the Costa del Sol (in Malaga province), for example, to visit Tarifa (in Cadiz province) or Granada from Monday 8th June.

06-06-2020 More details about life in Phase Three. The discotheques return, but ... without dancing. Bullfights return but without spectators. The Official State Gazette (BOE) published Saturday the new "flexibilization" measures for the Phase Three which includes all 8 provinces Andalucia from Monday 8th June.

08-06-2020 Monday
All eight provinces in Andalucia, have now moved into Phase Three of the de-escalation Plan. This means that leisure travel is permitted within all Andalucia. This will enable residents of the Costa del Sol (in Malaga province), for example, to visit Tarifa (in Cadiz province)or any of the 8 provinces. Restaurants can open at 50% capacity, walking, exercise and sport is permitted at all times and beaches are open.

14-06-2020 Sunday
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Sunday that Spain will open its borders with Europe on 21st of June. This was later clarified to include both the EU countries (including UK in transition) and Schengen Area countries (including Norway and Switzerland). Quarantine upon arrival will also be lifted. At the request of Portuguese Prime Minster Antonio Costa, the border between Spain and Portugal, will remain closed until the 1st of July. Source Reuters . Visitors from other countries that are non-EU and non Schengen, will be allowed into Spain from the 1st of July if there is a reciprocal agreement in place, between Spain and that specific corresponding country.(edited 15-06-2020)

18-06-2020 Thursday
British Government Foreign and Commonwealth office Advice has updated its information on travel to Spain. The advice now states: "The State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) declared on 14 March, will end on June 21. From this date, Spain will re-open its borders to European Union and Schengen-area countries (with the exception of Portugal where the restrictions will continue to apply up until 1 July), and travellers from the UK. This means that British nationals will no longer need to present a residency certificate to enter Spain. However general travel advise still remains "Avoid non-essential international travel" and returning travellers will need to self isolate for 14 days.

20-06-2020 Saturday
Spain's foreign affairs minister Arancha González Laya told the BBC that British citizens will be allowed to enter Spain freely, without the need to self-isolate from 00.01 hrs Sunday 21-06-2020. She said the decision had been made "out of respect" for the 400,000 Britons who have second homes in Spain. UK visitors will go through a "triple check" upon arrival in Spain. They will be asked for their country of origin and to register "so we know we have a contact point to trace them", she said. They will also undergo a temperature check.

21-06-2020 Sunday
Spain has now opened its borders with all Europe except Portugal. This includes both the EU countries (including UK in transition) and Schengen Area countries (including Norway and Switzerland). Quarantine upon arrival has also been lifted. A dozen Flights from Spain and now Europe arrive in Malaga airport from Sunday. A Eurowings A320 from Dusseldorf was the first to land, half an hour early at 09.42 hrs. It was followed by a Transavia B738 from Eindhoven at 10.22 hrs. The first from the UK was a Ryanair B738 from Stansted landing at 13.06 hrs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

01-08-2020 Rules 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.

16-08-2020 In Andalucia it is not permitted to smoke in the street or other public place when you CAN NOT ensure a minimum distance of 2 metros from others. Restaurants must have a max of 75% capacity, diners may be at tables of max ten persons which must be separated by 1.5m from other groups. All establishments must close at 01.00 and the last admittance is 00.00. Nightclubs are not open.

Drinking in the street, except at café or restaurant terrace, is not permitted now anywhere in Spain. This measure is to prevent the ‘bottellon’, where (mainly) young people hold impromptu street (or car park or beach) parties consuming less expensive supermarket or petrol station purchased drinks. The sale of alcoholic drink has not been permitted after 22.00 hrs (and before 08.00) in Andalucia since June 2002. 

There are now more Coronavirus cases among young people and a lower death rate. More cases are now being tested than in the earlier stages of the pandemic and consequently more are testing positive although three quarters are asymptomatic. Symptomatic cases are now less serious, partly because the average age has fallen from 60 to 40, and because the health service is now more experienced and less overwhelmed. The statistics are currently heading in the wrong direction. See the difference on the graph of cases and hospitalisation per per day in Andalucia since the last March below. page.

20-08-2020 Marbella and Nerja council has now announced that it is closing the beaches in the evening until further notice. Sunbathers have until 22.00 (Marbella) or 24.00 (Nerja) to leave the beach.

01-09-2020 All beaches in Andalucia are closed from 22.00 to 07.00 except singles activities such as fishing (with a valid fishing license).