The whole of Málaga moved into Alert Level 2 on August 20, permitting an increase in the maximum capacity levels in the hospitality, commerce and culture sectors. 

During the previous fortnight, no municipality in the province exceed the rate of 1,000 cases per 100,000 population in two weeks, so no night-time curfews were in place.  In the Axarquía health region the incidence fell from 443 the previous to 286 per 100,000.

Bars and restaurants returned to 100% capacity on terraces and 75% indoors, with a maximum of eight people sharing a table outdoors and six indoors.  Shops are permitted 75% indoor capacity with a distance of 1.5 metres between shoppers, while outdoor markets return to 100%.

Other permitted capacities include 60% for civil and religious ceremonies, 100% for banquets of up to 400 people and 75% indoors with up to 150 people, 100% seated on public transport with 75% standing, and a maximum of 15 people at a wake or funeral indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Earlier in August, a curfew lasting from 2am to 7am was imposed in Marbella and the city of Málaga.  Both municipalities accepted the ruling, but argued that, with thousands of holiday-makers now on the coast, the incidence of new cases is much lower than suggested by the official figure which is calculated using the official population numbers.

An upper court in Andalucía ruled on August 5 that no Covid passports or test results will be required for admission to nightclubs.  It had been suggested that proof of a negative test within the previous 72 hours would be a condition of entering leisure or catering establishments offering musical entertainment.