The nationwide State of Alarm provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic ended in Spain on June 21; therefore things are opening back up to a new normal with restrictions and unique protocols. For example, social distancing and masks are mandatory. Stores, restaurants, hotels, museums, shops and beaches are opening where possible and when there is a demand. People are slowly returning to the office, but many are choosing to continue to work from home if their job and employer allow them to.
Malaga Forum: In June, the City organized a series of 6 meetings with all the municipal political groups, other administrations, professional associations, unions, business people and professors to discuss proposals to incorporate in the response and recovery measures being implemented under the premise that no one is left behind. The meeting topics were “Health and Safety
", "Social Cohesion
" and "Commerce, Industry and Transport
Commercial flights resumed in mid-June and more will be added in July. There is a healthy demand for flights from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and France. Trains have resumed as well with 2 daily trains to Madrid, 3 to Seville, 4 to Cordoba and 5 to Antequera. Ferries continue to operate from Mellia to Malaga, but no cruise ships are scheduled to dock this summer.
The Investor Office has adapted all its services to digital formats to continue supporting the international business community in the Malaga Valley ecosystem and to maintain contact with foreign companies that are seeking the benefits that Malaga has to offer.
Exports from the Malaga province in the first four months of 2020 reached 829 million euros, with an interannual growth of +11.9 %, which is the highest of all the Andalusian provinces, which contrasts with the -12.4 % drop in nationwide exports.
The iconic hashtag sculpture was recently installed to commemorate that Malaga is one of the European Capitals of Smart Tourism in 2020 along with Gothenburg. Along with the title, the City has increased its support for the tourism sector with campaigns such as "Malaga, Better Than Ever," the Malaga Tourism Hackathon, and the "Safe Management of Public Spaces," “Secure Andalusia” and“ Trusted Stores” stamps for establishments that have adopted preventive measures. Tourism is an important economic pillar for the City and one of the most affected in recent months.
Malaga: Better Than Ever video
The Economist´s thoughts
on the future of offices
Andalucian Regional Gvt video
with Antonio Banderas