Smoking Ban in force from Today in Andalucia

From today, Monday 17th August, a set of new measures will be in force in Andalucia in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Health leaders believe that droplets containing the coronavirus can be carried and spread via exhaled smoke.

As a result of the finding, smoking in public places (including outdoor spaces) will be prohibited unless a two-metre security distance can be upheld. This prohibition also applies to the use of any other inhalation device for tobacco, water pipes, hookahs or similar, including electronic cigarettes or vaping.

In addition, the closure of discos, nightclubs and bars with live music is being introduced in the nightlife sector.

In hotels and restaurants, there must be a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between customers at the bar and between tables, with a limit of 10 people per table. Closing time is 1 a.m. and it is prohibited to accept new customers after midnight.

In social health centres or old people’s homes, it is compulsory to perform tests on new employees and those returning from leave or their holidays. Visits are limited to one per person and resident, taking preventive measures to an extreme and with a maximum of one hour per day.

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