When Spain entered another state of alarm, the regional government of Andalusia closed the borders between its provinces in order to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. However, from 29th April, for the first time in three months, these provincial border restrictions have been lifted. The regions border with other regions, and other coronavirus restrictions, will remain in place for now. Here’s everything you need to know about this important update and how it will impact you:
Where Can You Travel Now?
If you’re a resident of Andalusia then you will now be able to travel between Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville provinces for any reason. You will no longer be subject to border closures and will no longer have to prove a justified reason for crossing from one border to another. This is great news for family and friends who have been separated by these coronavirus restrictions for three long months.
These new rules are now in place, having been made official by Andalusian regional president Juanma Moreno. Mr Moreno made the announcement after meeting with the committee of experts that advises the Andalusian Government on the management of the coronavirus crisis.
What Other Restrictions Remain in Place in Andalusia?
Whilst the provincial border closures have been lifted, there are still other coronavirus restrictions in place in the Andalusian region that will not be lifted until at least May 9th, . Here is a full breakdown of the current restrictions that remain in place in the region:
- The curfew between 11pm and 6am will remain in place
- No more than 6 people can meet outdoors, and 4 people can meet indoors in bars and restaurants
- Regional borders will remain closed: you can only leave or enter the region if you have a justified reason. Permitted regions include; going to health or educational centres, to take care of elderly relatives or dependants, to return to a usual place of residence or for work/administrative reasons.
- Shops and bars must close by 10.30pm and restaurants must close by 11pm when the curfew begins.
What Are the Current Restrictions in Wider Spain?
Coronavirus restrictions have largely been determined by local administrations, but there are some national measures in place. These are based on case numbers, and it has been determined that municipal border closures will remain in places where the infection rate has surpassed 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the majority of cases, shops and bars can stay open in these municipalities until 10.30pm. Municipalities where the infection rate is over 1,000 cases per 100,000 people have to keep all non-essential retailers and services closed.
Wondering how Andalusia stacks up compared to these measures? Well, Andalusia is Spain’s largest and most populated region with 8.4 million inhabitants. The region currently has a fortnightly infection rate of 237 cases per 100,000; this number is in the decline and has continued to drop over the past days.
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