In a widely expected move Junta de Andalucia president Juanma Moreno yesterday announced that the region would close its internal borders.
From midnight on Thursday until November 9, no one will be able to enter or leave Andalucia if it is not for a justified cause.
In addition the provinces of Granada, Jaén and Seville have been moved to level 4. This means that travel between all their municipalities is also restricted.
In yet another blow to the hospitality sector, Moreno also announced a curfew from 11pm – 6am, that comes into force at midnight on Thursday. Bars and restaurants will have to close at 10.30pm and no more than six are allowed at a table.
Andalucia joins Castilla-la Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Murcia, Navarra, Aragon, La Rioja, the Basque Country, Asturias, Ceuta and Melilla as areas in Spain that have closed their internal borders.
Meanwhile Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, spoke with Juanma Moreno about how the new restrictions would affect the Rock.
The Chief Minister said: “I had a long, positive and cordial conversation with the President of the Junta today. The control of the Covid 19 infection is a common endeavour that we all share. We discussed the frontier crossing and I received assurances about essential traffic and workers being able to continue to enter and exit Andalucia as I confirmed also our random testing facility for cross frontier workers. We will no doubt continue in close contact as the situation develops and as we hope to see all jurisdictions get the numbers of persons infected brought under control.”