Tourists visiting the Costa del Sol will not be required to produce their Covid passports in bars or nightclubs.
Following a surprise court judgement, tourists visiting the Costa del Sol will not be required to produce their Covid passports in order to enter bars or nightclubs. What does this entail in terms of the holidays?
Following a surprise court judgement, British travellers visiting the Costa del Sol will not be required to produce their Covid vaccination passports to enter bars or nightclubs. After officials attempted to impose the limits, which would have impacted famous tourist destinations such as Torremolinos and Marbella, judges in the region overturned the decision.
Judges ruled that the coronavirus measure is unconstitutional because it violates a person’s right to privacy and their ability to preserve their medical state.
The Andalusia Superior Court ruled that it would be discriminatory and that it was neither appropriate nor required.
The decision follows a similar decision in the Canary Islands, where the regional administration demanded persons to display a Covid passport or a negative PCR before entering any hospitality establishment.
Pubs, restaurants, gyms, and movies were all on the list.
“The measure of implementing the Covid passport to access bars and discos may affect fundamental rights such as the right to personal privacy, insofar as it implies the need to show data related to health, which is considered, in accordance with European regulations, to be of a sensitive nature, and would constitute a differentiated treatment for access to such premises, based on the Covid passport,” the judges in Andalusia concluded.
“The action is neither appropriate nor proportionate for achieving the claimed goal, which is to protect life, health, and physical integrity.”
Covid passports were similarly deemed a “infringement of privacy” in the Canary Islands, according to the judgement.
The Andalusian administration said it had no choice but to respect the decision, but it now feels “legally impotent” in the wake of the Spanish government’s decision in July to withdraw the official State of Emergency and devolve measures to local governments.
“In the fight against COVID-19, we are in a terrible situation,” a spokeswoman added.
Coronavirus cases have been on the rise on the Costa del Sol, with a night-time restriction recently lifted in Marbella and Estepona.
Between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., the Malaga town of Campillos is on lockdown.
The population of at least eight towns and villages in the Malaga region has surpassed 1,000, including Nerha. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”