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The Costa del Sol bans tourists from its beaches after 9:30 PM for fear of escalating coronavirus cases

The Costa del Sol bans tourists from its beaches after 9.30pm for fear of escalating coronavirus cases

  • New measures will apply to Malaga, Cadiz, Seville, Granada and other resorts
  • For weddings, capacity is shortened and entertainment for children is limited
  • There is fear of a second wave in Malaga, where hospital admissions are on the rise

Spain’s Costa del Sol will close its beaches to tourists every evening after 9:30 pm as part of a package of new measures to stop the spread of the corona virus.

Wedding capacity will be reduced, while tourist entertainment will be limited and visits to retirement homes will be discontinued if there is even one new case.

The new regulations have been approved today and will apply throughout the region of Andalusia, including Malaga and the Costa del Sol, as well as eight other holiday districts such as Almeria, Cadiz, Seville and Granada.

There is particular concern about the second wave of the virus hitting Malaga, where hospital admissions continue to rise and another death was reported on Monday.

People are sitting on the beach of La Malagueta in Malaga, on the south coast of Spain, last week, where there are fears of a resurgence in the number of coronavirus cases

People are sitting on the beach of La Malagueta in Malaga, on the south coast of Spain, last week, where there are fears of a resurgence in the number of coronavirus cases

On Monday, 308 new cases were discovered in the province of Malaga, the highest number to date.

Malaga currently has 151 virus patients in hospital, 12 more than on Sunday, 19 of whom are in intensive care, two more than the previous day.

There have been 298 deaths in Malaga since the start of the pandemic.

The local government said coronavirus safety regulations should be tightened with immediate effect on the advice of medical experts.

In the past 24 hours, there were 955 positives in Andalusia, an increase of 3.2 percent. Of these 76 people are in hospital.

Spokesman Elias Bendodo said: “The aim is to make sure that the pandemic in Andalusia evolves better than in the rest of Spain.”

“While the number of cases is on the rise, the community is well below the Spanish average,” she said.

Andalusia has registered 103 cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days – only half the number for Spain as a whole (206).

Nevertheless, all beaches will now have to close at 9:30 PM and cannot reopen until 7:00 AM to stop parties.

Sun worshipers sit on La Malagueta beach in Malaga, where seaside resorts have to close their beaches at 9:30 PM to stop parties

Sun worshipers sit on La Malagueta beach in Malaga, where seaside resorts have to close their beaches at 9:30 pm to stop parties

Sun worshipers sit on La Malagueta beach in Malaga, where seaside resorts have to close their beaches at 9:30 PM to stop parties

All coastal towns on the Costa del Sol will be instructed to enforce the new rule.

For weddings, parties and events, their capacity is reduced from 300 people to a maximum of 150 when held outside.

If they are indoors, the maximum number of attendees will be reduced from 250 to 100 and the parties must end at 1am.

Guests must be seated at tables of no more than 10 people and food and drinks can only be eaten at these tables.

Other events such as conferences and trade shows can take place, but with a 75 percent capacity and mandatory masks.

Meanwhile, group lessons and children’s activities offered to tourists have a maximum capacity of 15 people.

The new rules also cover retirement homes, with visits completely suspended if there is only one coronavirus case confirmed or three suspected cases.

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