As of Today, Monday 18th May 2020 Malaga Region is now officially in phase 1 of Spain’s de-escalation plan following the corona virus pandemic. So what does this mean?

Following on from the strictest lockdown in Europe, Spain loosened restrictions earlier this month by allowing first children out for 1 hour per day of daily exercise and then progressing to allowing everyone out at specific times for up to one hour of exercise.

As of Today, the new phase now allows:


Citizens can move freely around the province of Malaga. All members of a family that live together can travel together in the same car and people with a second residence or holiday home in the same province can travel there too.

Businesses and Shops

Businesses with premises up to 400m can open to customers, but with private appointments. Shopping malls will remain closed until the next phase. A preferred timetable must be put in place for the over-65s.


Up to 10 people can now meet either at a home or outside at a public establishment. All ages and conditions are allowed to meet with family and friends as long as any necessary precations and distancing is applicable where required.

Bars and Restaurants

Bars and restaurants are permitted to open their terrace areas only and with a maximum 50% capacity. Objects and table cloths must not be shared.


Tourist hotels and accommodations are permitted to open their rooms, but not their communal areas.

We do hope to also be progressing then to phase 2 of the plan within the next two weeks which will see further restrictions limited. Things to come in phase two will be the opening of hotel communal areas (with lower capacities) opening of shopping malls with restricted capacity and possibly the opening of beaches.

We are being advised that Weddings will be permitted from June, with outdoor gatherings having more freedom of movement. We do not yet have the specifics for what restrictions may be put in to place for events.

Source of Data: El Pais en Ingles