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Information on services, facilities and events in Barcelona affected by the measures approved to prevent outbreaks of Covid-19.

Safe and sustainable mobility

  • The daily closure to traffic of 34 side streets from 9 am to 9 pm continue, except for accessing car parks and for service vehicles.

    The restrictions on motor vehicles on these streets will thus be made permanent in Barcelona, which will free up 41,700 m2 for pedestrians to get around safely.

    More than 43,000 m2 of pavement space is to be freed up for pedestrians through the removal of parked motorcycles, with conditions also to be created for them to park on road surfaces or in underground car parks.

    And the Open Streets” programme has been resumed.

    Pavements along Ronda Universitat and Carrer Pelai have been widened, making an extra 2,850 square metres available for pedestrians.

    Thirty-four streets have also been reclaimed for pedestrians, with the safe-routes network and the incorporation of Via Laietana, Carretera de Sants-Creu Coberta and Passeig de Sant Joan-Pi i Margall into the “Obrim Carrers” programme.

    Map of safe routes and streets [PDF] (CA)

    Journeys on foot. How to get there

    New sustainable mobility

    Last updated: 28/10/2020

  • Public transport is operating at 100% capacity and, with the start of the academic year, includes services to areas with education centres and adopts all the necessary safety and prevention measures. 

    Extra daily cleaning and disinfection with virucidal products will also continue for vehicles and spaces. In this respect, it is worth noting that TMB has been certified as a safe space against infection by the coronavirus. The safety seal is the result of an audit process conducted by Applus Certification. The analysis verified the correct application of protocols on disinfection, organisation and customer service on the metro and bus networks.

    On a separate note, authorised buskers are now performing in metro stations again, in accordance with the established safety and prevention measures.


    The metro network runs from 5 am to midnight seven days a week, with extra services laid on for morning and afternoon rush hours. 


    TMB buses are operating at 100% service level and the front doors of the buses are in use again now that protective screens have been fitted on all vehicles. 

    Passengers may now also use all seats, while the two-people-per-square-metre rule will remain in force in areas allocated for standing.

    Night buses and weekend buses offer 100% of their usual service.

    Metropolitan buses operated by the AMB are also running at 100% service level, with extra services being provided on routes serving primary and secondary schools.

    In terms of inter-urban buses operated by the Government of Catalonia, bus routes serving the UAB are also now entering service.

    Rodalies local trains, TRAM and FGC

    As of 14 September, the R7 and R8 Rodalies train services are operative. 

    TRAM and FGC services are operating at 100% service level.

    Night services

    Night services at weekends and on the eve of public holidays remain suspended until the resumption of night-time leisure activities, prohibited by the resolution approved by PROCICAT, justifies a change.

    Information in real time

    In order to avoid congestion, an app will be made available to city residents showing average estimated-occupancy indicators. Information is available by route, direction, station and time period for the type of transport selected.

    These indicators will be displayed on the TMB website and can also be accessed from the TMB App.

    Hygiene and prevention measures

    The different operators have adopted various measures to guarantee safety on the network, such as the constant renewal of air on all vehicles, the presence of staff to assist users at points where crowds of people are most likely and signage in stations.

    Hand sanitiser dispensers have also been installed at all FGC stations, 72 TMB stations and 20 Rodalies train stations. 

    It is also possible to buy face masks and hand sanitiser at official prices from the vending machines installed in the metro network.

    The ten vending machines are located at the following stations: Catalunya (L1 and L3), Espanya (interchange), La Sagrera (L1, L5 and interchange), Sagrada Família (L2), Verdaguer (L5), Diagonal (L5) and Lesseps (L3).


    If you have to use public transport, please follow these recommendations:

    • Form an orderly queue and wait patiently at the entrances and exits of metro stations.
    • Leave a sufficient safety distance between you and the people ahead of you when you validate your ticket.
    • In corridors, keep to the right and leave space for people moving in the opposite direction, , following existing signage.
    • Stand in single file on escalators and moving walkways, without trying to overtake the people in front of you.
    • Lifts are for people with special needs. If you have to use them, they should not be full, and safety distances must be maintained.
    • While waiting for metro trains to arrive, spread out along the platform in order to maintain the maximum possible distance from other passengers. Remember that the middle carriages are usually the emptiest ones.
    • Passengers are also advised to spread out inside carriages and to keep a safe distance from other passengers.
    • You must leave a wide space at the carriage doors so that passengers can get off the train easily and safely.
    • You must not block the access point to the driver’s cabin.
    • Another recommendation is to try and keep a safe distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people. The use of gloves is also recommended. When you leave, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with hand sanitiser as soon as possible.
    • Passengers should use face masks at all times, worn correctly, and avoid activities which involve removing them, such as eating and drinking.
    • It is advisable to avoid using public transport at peak travel times wherever possible.
    • Lengthy conversations should be avoided inside vehicles.

    The public transport network should not be used by

    • People diagnosed with an illness, until they receive medical clearance.
    • People in quarantine. 
    • People who cannot wear a face mask at all times.

    Safety and hygiene measures for taxi services

    The taxi industry is applying approved protocols for the hygiene and disinfection of vehicles and protection systems to ensure the safety of both drivers and passengers, and wearing face masks is compulsory.

    Airport Service

    Since Friday 24 July, coinciding with the resumption of Terminal T2 services, all normal public transport services to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona - El Prat airport have been available.

    Frequently asked questions about mobility

    Last updated: 21/09/2020

  • Added to the 21 km of new bike routes (pedalling routes) along 10 of the city’s roads, will be an extra 8 km with two new bike routes along C/ Aragó (between Av Meridiana and C/ Tarragona, which will enable cyclists to cross the entire Eixample district) and along P de la Zona Franca (between Plaça Cerdà and Motors, with new single-direction bike routes on both sides). This will involve some traffic lanes being replaced with bike lanes or combined lanes for bikes and buses.

    Health recommendations if you use a bicycle

    • Avoid two-way bicycle lanes
    • On streets without pavement kerbs or in 30-km/h zones, you must maintain a 1.5-metre safety distance between yourself and pedestrians.


    Bike lanes and corridors. BCN Map

    Latest update 21/09/2020

  • The Bicing service has been bolstered with 97 new stations and the inclusion of the Bicing app on Smou.

    The new Bicing stations reach neighbourhoods where the service was previously unavailable, such as La Marina del Prat Vermell, Trinitat Nova, Canyelles, Vall d’Hebron, Vallcarca i els Penitents, La Clota, El Carmel, El Verdun, Les Roquetes and Ciutat Meridiana.

    At the same time, the Bicing app has been added to smou, meaning new features can now be offered to users. Notable new features include the possibility of signing up via the app, checking if push bikes or electric bikes are available at a station, checking journey status or making a provisional booking five minutes before reaching the station (push bikes only). 

    Recommendations for using Bicing

    • Do not use the Bicing service if you have been diagnosed with Covid-19 within the last 14 days, if you are still showing symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
    • Wear a face mask.
    • Wash your hands properly with soap or hand sanitiser as soon as you can before and after each use.
    • Use the smou mobile app to release and return bikes. It’s safer, more comfortable and more sustainable.
    • Stay 2 metres away from other cyclists.
    • Avoid touching your face during the journey.
    • Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow if you have to cough or sneeze.
    • Try to avoid using two-way cycle lanes and pedestrian areas.

    Bicing Barcelona (ES)

    Bicycle map. How to get there

    Last updated: 21/09/2020

  • The time-limited public transport travel cards which holders were unable to use during the lockdown can be recovered at any transport network access validator, or through a form found on the ATM website. This saves you having to go to the customer service points in person. Compensation can be claimed throughout 2020.

    Compensation via an access validator

    Anyone who used their travel card for the first time before 14 March and whose card expired during the lockdown can enter their card in the validator and the validation system will print a new expiry date on it.

    Requirements to extend travel card validity:

    • Monthly travel cards (T-usual, T-grup and T-familiar): used for the first time before 14 March and not used between 14 March and 11 April.
    • Quarterly travel cards (T-jove, T-trimestre and T-70/90 FM/FN): used for the first time before 14 March and not used between 14 March and 10 June.

    If the validator refuses to change the expiry date of the travel card, the message “Títol caducat“ [Card expired] will appear. In this case, you will have to request compensation via the form.

    Compensation via the form

    Anyone who did use their travel card during the state of alarm - for essential service or work-related reasons - will have to complete the form so that ATM can assess their right to compensation on a case by case basis.

    The person will be able to collect their season ticket from 1 September, from a series of collection points to be chosen. These travel cards will be valid until 31 March 2021.

    For any specific queries, a customer support line has been set up: 93 120 53 30. It is open 9 am to 9 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

    New single bus ticket with contactless validation

    From 17 June, single bus tickets can only be purchased and validated online. TMB has brought forward the implementation of this system for safety reasons, since bus drivers are not selling bus tickets or providing customer services on board.

    The ticket can only be purchased with the TMB App and is validated by scanning a QR code when passengers get on the bus.

    The purchase procedure is straightforward. Users access the app on their smartphone and go to the  ‘Tickets’ section, then press the button ‘Buy a ticket’. After that, the single bus ticket must be selected and the purchase process completed.

    The system issues a virtual ticket without validating it. When you get on a bus, you must validate your ticket by scanning a QR code at the validation point on the bus. Once the code has been scanned, the system will register the bus service and the date and time of validation, and you can start your journey. The validity of tickets will be subject to the same rules as single paper tickets.

    Card payment for single tickets from 2021

    Single tickets will be able to be purchased with bank cards on all TMB buses from 2021, a system which complements ticket purchases by mobile phone.

    This helps towards the goal of eliminating cash payments on board vehicles, a measure which contributes to health safety and makes the service more efficient.

    The calendar is for a pilot scheme in the spring of 2021, with the system to be installed on the entire fleet of buses in September of the same year.

    TMB Barcelona


    Further information

    Última actualització 21/09/2020

  • Regulated parking in Green and Blue Parking Zones, including the new environmental rates, is operating normally. 

    The applied parking chargeswill take environmental labels into account

    In this respect, zero-emissions vehicles belonging to non-residents can park for free in the blue areas during the time periods stipulated.

    As for residents, all those awarded discounts of €0,20 for good driving before 31 December 2019 will continue to be entitled for the remainer of 2020.

    New parking meters have been installed and coincide with the implementation of the new pricing. The meters feature contactless technology to enable users to pay using a card and a mobile app.

    On the other hand, the usual periodic changes of parking sides on the roads where this measure applies have also been re-established.  

    In addition, the usual, pre-lockdown regulations for loading and unloading areas have been resumed. 

    Area website

    Last updated: 21/09/2020


  • Schools have adopted all the Covid-19 safety and prevention measures set out by the health and education authorities for the 2020-21 school year, as well as the protocol for detecting and containing positive cases.

    You can check the information here.


  • Municipal nursery schools have adopted all the Covid-19 safety, prevention and hygiene measures set out by the health and education authorities for the 2020-21 school year,

    You can check the information here.

Culture and leisure

  • Libraries have resumed face-to-face services and are offering:

    • Loan and return of items without the need for an appointment.
    • Library-to-library loan service.
    • Consultation of magazines and newspapers.

    Users are free to access library spaces, documentary collections and the computers for the public, with capacity limited to 50% and users to respect signage indicating which seats can be sat on.

    The measures of safety distances between people, the obligatory use of face masks and the use of hand sanitiser when entering buildings remain in place.

    Study rooms will be closed until further notice.

    Library opening times (CA)

    Biblioteques de Barcelona

    Last updated: 23/11/2020


  • Museums, archives and exhibition halls limit their visitor capacities to 50 %.

    Municipal museums and archives 

    You are recommended to reserve your visit by prior appointment.

    Municipal exhibition halls

    Safe places

    The network of municipal cultural facilities is introducing the following measures to ensure the safety of their visitors and employees:

    • Visits with limited capacity. 
    • An increase in the number of cleaning and disinfection procedures.
    • The number of areas that may be visited in each centre is limited.
    • The use of a face mask is obligatory and touching the exhibition cases is prohibited. Social distancing between people must be maintained.
    • There will be no group activities or other cultural activities.
    • Interactive resources, self-service information panels, leaflets and information sheets in the exhibition halls have been withdrawn.
    • Protective features have been installed, including screens and signposting for social distancing in queues and at information desks.

    Other museums and cultural centres in Barcelona which are opening

    Latest update 23/11/2020

  • The community centres will remain open to the public, despite the suspension of civic and community face-to-face activities, in accordance with the decision (ES) published by the Government of Catalonia.

    Training activities and workshops will be held online, wherever possible, or postponed until the pending sessions can be resumed. 

    Centre rooms and other spaces may not be used for social or community activities either, and visits and itineraries have been suspended.

    The exhibitions programme will continue, subject to the safety guidelines provided for by the Catalan government.

    Barcelona Network of Community Centres (ES)

    Last updated: 04/11/2020

  • Neighbourhood centres will be adapting some of their activities for a few days to comply with the new decision (ES) from the Catalan government.

    Centres will be continuing those of their activities that can be carried out online and temporarily suspending those that cannot.

    Nor will it be possible for spaces to be used by neighbourhood associations and groups during the restrictions.

    Exceptions to face-to-face restrictions

    The decision allows for a few exceptions, such as community centres, which will continue their face-to-face activities.

    Follow the centres on social media to find out which activities will be held on line.

    Further information (ES)

    Last updated: 22/10/2020

  • Tibidabo Amusement Park is closed as a result of the measures new series of restrictive measures approved by Procicat.

    Any activities organised in the park’s facilities have been suspended or postponed.

    If you have  bought your tickets in advance, you can request a change of date or reimbursement from the web.

    Tibidabo Amusement Park

    Last updated: 16/10/2020

  • The Zoo is open and is functioning with all the necessary safety and prevention measures and authorisation from PROCICAT. It also has Safe Tourism Certified and Safe Site Excellence certificates, which validate compliance with established health protocols


    • Go to the Zoo at times when there are fewer people and avoid the busiest hours, such as opening time.
    • Visit the Zoo in groups of no more than six people with whom you have a trusting relationship.
    • Safety distances and the use of face masks and hand sanitiser are obligatory.
    • Eating and drinking is prohibited in communal areas at the Zoo.
    • Limited places.

    Barcelona Zoo

    Last updated 17/11/2020

  • Park Güell will be close at 8 pm, in accordance with the restrictions issued by the Catalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Safety measures

    • Every entrance point has an access control to prevent crowding and ensure the park's sustainability.
    • It is mandatory for face masks to be worn throughout the grounds.

    Park Güell has two certificates accrediting its compliance with the preventive measures established for preventing the spread of COVID-19: the Global Safe Site certificate and the Safe Tourism Certified seal.

    Park Güell

    Last updated: 21/10/2020

  • The Montjuïc cable car service is open from Monday to Sunday, from 11 am  to 6 pm.

    The iconic cable car system was inaugurated on 22 June 1970 and this year marks its 50th anniversary (CA). You can see its development on this commemorative video (CA)

    Extra hygiene and disinfection measures have been applied to the cable car cabins and other facilities. Users must wear a mask inside the cabins and in all other spaces as well, user capacity is subject to controls and points have been set up with sanitizer gel dispensers. Signs warn passengers to maintain social distancing.

    For its part, the Montjuïc funicular is operating at the usual times of 7.30 am to 10 pm on working days, and 9 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

    Montjuïc cable car 

    Montjuïc Funicular

    Last updated: 24/11/2020


  • Municipal sports facilities are re-opening to the public. 

    If they are outdoors, at a maximum of 50% capacity and access control.

    If they are indoor sports facilities and areas, at a maximum of 30% capacity and by prior appointment.

    Last updated: 23/11/2020

  • Areas for the elderly and health and callisthenics circuits are open with a capacity limited to 50%.

    Last updated: 24/11/2020


  • The Citizen Help and Information Offices (OAC) in Barcelona have stayed open but with reduced capacity, so it is essential that you request an appointment beforehand by calling 010 (CA) or using the procedures kiosks or the procedures portal (CA).

    You can choose between two types of assistance:

    • "The OAC calls you", a personalised telephone helpline for receiving general information and advice on procedures.
    • Face-to-face and direct assistance at the Citizen Help and Information Office.​

    Priority will be given to urgent procedures that cannot be processed by phone or online, or where city residents do not have the technological means to carry out the process remotely.

    The Citizen Help and Information Offices have adapted to the health safety measures. 

    Since reopening, they have dealt with 148,906 appointments.

    Extension to the 010 service 

    The 010 platform has technologically adapted its switchboard to deal with the increase in public demand for assistance stemming from the health emergency. Its service hours have increased by 64.4% compared to the same period in 2019.

    Between the start of the pandemic and 28 September, this phone number has received over 1,816,587 calls, an increase in demand of 88.5% compared with the same period last year.

    More staff

    The capacity for simultaneous incoming calls has been increased from 150 to 210, and a further 49 operators have been taken on. Another 24 are expected to join in September, representing a 43% increase in the number of professionals working in the team compared to the number of staff before the health crisis. These additional lines will enable them to deal with up to 35% more calls per day.

    Over 1,650,000 calls

    Between the start of the pandemic and 9 August, 010 has received 1,650,000 calls, most of them since the start of stage 1 of the easing of lockdown. This represents an increase in demand of 80.3% compared to the same period of 2019. The service hours have also increased by 50% as compared to the same period last year.

    Online Procedures Office

    The Online Procedures Office has simplified the identification and signing mechanisms. Over 110 procedures can now be completed using idCAT Mobile, a digital form of identification that does not require in-person validation.

    This has resulted in an 11% increase in online procedures as compared to the same period of 2019.

    If a procedure cannot be carried out remotely, the public can use the City Council e-Registry (ES) to register requests, applications, written materials or notifications relating to administrative procedures, or to submit documents, 24 hours a day.

    Appointment with Citizen Help and Information Office (CA)

    Last updated: 23/10/2020

  • The Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC) offers face-to-face assistance, only by prior appointment, Mondays to Fridays, from 10 am to 1 pm. At the same time, it will also continue to provide the public with remote services from its website and 010 telephone helpline.

    Once you fill in this form, the OMIC team will contact you to explain the procedures and documents required for lodging a claim or complaint. If your case requires face-to-face assistance, a day and time will be arranged for the appointment. 

    The OMIC is a free municipal service whose goal is to help Barcelona’s city residents, whether consumers, retailers or users, to find out about their consumer rights and duties. 

    Municipal Consumer Information Office

    Last updated: 03/06/2020

  • Barcelona’s cemeteries are open at their usual times.

    Attendances at burials, cremations and farewell ceremonies are limited to a 30 % of capacity.

    Funeral services are being reinforced with the following resources:

    • More mortuary space for deceased persons in their installations.
    • More vehicles to transfer deceased persons from hospitals, homes, residencies and other health centres.
    • Provision of a telephone helpline for relatives to ensure they receive appropriate attention and to help speed up the procedures required for initiating the process.

    Cementiris de Barcelona have also brought forward the planned extension to the Islamic section in Collserola cemetery. The extension will make a further 72 graves available, distributed in 24 tombs, as well as two blocks of niches with a total capacity of 96 places.

    FAQs on funeral services, cemeteries and cremations

    • If a family doesn’t have a niche, but they want to get one, can they be provided with one at this time?

      Yes. There are burial sites available in different places in Barcelona, especially in Montjuïc and Collserola.

    • Is the price of the basic service going to change, now that people can hold wakes again?

      Burial costs will depend on the needs of users and what they choose.

    • If the person has death insurance, does this cover the service?

      Yes, if the deceased person has death insurance, their family members may freely choose the services and products they wish to hire. They are also entitled not to use the full insurance payout amount and to ask for the balance to be returned to them.

    • What will happen if the deceased has no family members and no one comes to claim their remains?

      The burial will be processed as a free service. This will include basic services (but not the wake or ceremony), in other words: collecting, transporting and preparing the deceased person's body; the coffin; the necessary procedures and burial or cremation.

    • Is it mandatory for people who have died from COVID-19 to be cremated?

      No, it is not mandatory. They can be buried in the family burial site, in a site rented for 5 years or in a newly assigned one. The basic service allows you to choose between burial or cremation, as long as the resources are available.

    • Can I go to my family member’s burial?

      Remember that you must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres from others, and wear a mask whenever social distancing is not possible.
      You are also requested to respect social distancing during the burial.

    • Can I go to my family member's cremation?

      Remember that you must maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres from others, and wear a mask whenever social distancing is not possible.

    • When will I be able to collect my family member’s ashes?

      The day after the cremation. Staff at the Montjuïc Cremation Centre will tell you the date and time.

    • If I don't want the ashes brought to my home, would the Montjuïc Crematorium look after them for me?

      Yes, without any additional cost, for one month. Once a month has passed, you can then sign up to the service for looking after the ashes.

    Last updated 05/11/2020

  • The collection service for bulky waste items is up and running again in all city neighbourhoods.

    Remember that each street in the city has a specific day of the week for leaving old furniture and bulky household items out in the street. You can check the collection day for your street on the City Council’s procedures website (CA) or by calling 010.

    Old furniture and junk can be left outside on the assigned day between 8 pm and 10 pm. Items must be left on the pavement, without blocking the path of pedestrians and as close to the road surface as possible to avoid blocking the space along the front of building façades.

    In contrast, rubble, rubbish, clothing, glass and electric appliances cannot be left in the street. Larger items of this kind can be taken to the area green points

    The request service for the home-collection of old furniture and junk has not yet been re-established.

    Household waste collection

    Waste finder

    Last updated: 18/05/2020

  • Neighbourhood, mobile and area green points for collecting waste that cannot be thrown into containers are back in normal service.

    Opening times for the public are as follows:

    • Neighbourhood green points, open Mondays to Saturdays, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7 pm.
    • Area green points, open Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays open from 9.15 am to 12.45 pm.
    • Mobile green points, open Mondays to Saturdays, from 8.30 am to 2 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7.15 pm.

    Access will be on an individual basis and it will be mandatory for people to wear masks.

    Last updated: 08/09/2020

  • Encants Market is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 am to 2 pm. 

    Visitor capacity has been reduced to 30% of normal (1,100 people), in accordance with the latest prevention measures decreed by the Generalitat. 

    The auction is held every day the market is open from 7:45 to 9 am. 

    Mercat dels Encants

    Last updated: 09/11/2020

  • The Barcelona Pet Shelter (CAACB) is back in normal service. It provides animal rescue, shelter and adoption services.

    Abandonments during the state of emergency

    The number of pets abandoned remained stable during the state of emergency compared to the figures from previous years.

    Remember that if you’d like a pet at home, you should consider adoption before any other option as it’s an act of responsibility, solidarity and humanity. An animal is not a toy.

    Further information (CA)

    Last updated: 08/09/2020

Public space

  • To avoid the spread of Covid-19, parks and children’s play areas may only be used until 8 pm.

    Parks without gates can be accessed as from 7 am. Those with gates open at 10 am.

    Parents and guardians are asked to pay heed to the safety recommendations when they take their children to the playgrounds.


    • Observe social-distancing measures with other people inside the park.
    • Take special care not to drop litter: use the litter bins provided in the park. This will make it easier to clean these areas.
    • Keep your dog on a lead in green spaces, except in designated dog-walking areas.

    Respect any birds’ nests and respect the park's plant life, so that municipal teams can complete their analyses before beginning operations.

    Parks and gardens

    Use of children's playgrounds

    Last updated: 24/11/2020

  •  Children’s play areas may only be used until 8 pm

    Given the health emergency situation, parents and guardians are asked to pay heed to the following recommendations when they take their children to the playgrounds:

    • Look to ensure that the children are accompanied by just one adult.
    • Choose a park which is close the children's home or school.
    • Ensure that the parks do not get too crowded.
    • Do not spend a long time in the park to ensure that all children can enjoy some time there.
    • Clean your hands with hydraulic gel before going into the park, while you are there, and when you leave. Both children and adults.
    • Do not use the swings, slides and other shared-use equipment.
    • Is not allow to eat and drink in the play area.
    • Remember that from age 6 years the use of a face mask is mandatory, and between 3 and 5 years it is recommended.
    • Respect the security distance between people and tell the children they must do likewise.
    • Do not sit on the benches inside the park to avoid overcrowding.

    Further information

    Last updated: 24/11/2020

  • A protocol is being activated to control the number of people on beaches during weekends and prevent crowds. The public is also reminded that they will still have to comply with protective measures, when they are in public spaces, for containing the spread of COVID-19, such as the mandatory wearing of masks and maintenance of social distancing.

    Life-saving, rescue and bathing-assistance services are no longer operative.

    Bathing and beaches

    Last updated: 29/10/2020

Local commerce, eateries and consumption

  • Check the changes which apply to commerce and hospitality following the special measures approved by the Government of Catalonia to contain the spike in cases of Covid-19.

    Retail stores and shopping centres

    • Shops, service activities and 24-hour shops may only open from 6 am to 9 pm.
    • Customer capacity is limited to 30%.
    • Shopping centres may not open, except for supermarkets, shops offering basic services and cultural facilities in the centre, as well as shops that have street entrances.
    • Beauty centres and hairdressers may open, with services by appointment, along with activities that involve close personal contact.
    • Establishments selling food, drinks, hygiene and other essential products, pharmacies, orthopaedic shops, opticians, veterinary clinics, car dealerships and garden centres may open without restrictions to customer capacity, under the social distancing measures established in the corresponding sectoral plan. 
    • Priority must be given to orders placed by phone or online, or products given to customers at the establishment’s entrance.
    • Markets and fairs must limit their customer capacity to 30%.
    • The holding of in-person commercial fairs is suspended.

    Hotels and restaurants

    • Reopening of bars and restaurants from 6 am to 9:30 pm. Bar terraces: with a safety distance of two metres between tables and a maximum of four people per table (except for bubble groups). Inside bars and restaurants: at 30% of customer capacity and with greater ventilation.
    • Food and drink must always be consumed at tables.
    • Table service can only continue until 9:30 pm. After that time, the only services permitted are for customers to collect takeaways from the establishment until 10 pm, and home deliveries until 11 pm.

    Guide to commerce and catering -Section 1 of the plan for the resumption of activities [catalan] (PDF)

    Barcelona Commerce

    Neighbourhood commerce makes the city

    Last updated 24/11/2020

    • Mercats municipals

      La cura de l’alimentació és molt important. Els mercats municipals de Barcelona garanteixen l’abastament de productes frescos. A més, per facilitar les compres des de casa i evitar desplaçaments, els mercats han fet un reforç dels serveis a domicili i de venda en línia.

      En alguns casos, els mercats fins i tot han habilitat serveis gratuïts o per a persones grans i faciliten així l’accés global als productes necessaris.
      A més, ara tots els edificis dels mercats incorporen un sistema de càmeres zenitals per supervisar els aforaments dels espais en temps real, de manera que alertaran quan els espais assoleixin el màxim d’ocupació permès.
      Serveis a domicili i venda en línia dels Mercats de Barcelona

    • La pagesia també t’alimenta

      Durant aquests dies, la petita pagesia treballa per garantir l'abastiment alimentari, i ens proveeix d’aliments sans i de qualitat.

      Llista de pagesia que fa venda a domicili

      Mercats de pagès als barris

    • Vols saber quins comerços et porten la compra?

      A Barcelona, molts comerços tenen botiga en línia i servei a domicili perquè puguis fer la compra des de casa. Fent clic a la fitxa de cada comerç del mapa de botigues obertes a Barcelona pots veure quins tenen aquest servei disponible.

      Mapa de botigues obertes a Barcelona

    • Mercabarna garanteix l’abastiment d’aliments frescos

      Activity in Mercabarna has become all the more essential since the start of the health emergency and non-stop, to ensure fresh food supplies for the public. Workers at the Mercabarna companies are carrying out crucial work to make sure municipal markets, supermarkets and, ultimately, local food shops have a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood and meat products.​


    Última actualització: 05/11/2020

  • In light of the increase in online shopping is one of the consequences of the state of exception resulting from Covid-19. In view of this situation, we recommend that you follow these recommendations for any online shopping:

    • Buy from websites that were already known to you or that have good references. You must also remember to check that the website contains the identity and contact details of the company that is selling the product or service.
    • Check that the characteristics of the product or service, its price and shipping costs, as well as the payment and delivery methods, appear on the website.
    • Check that there are no pre-checked options resulting in additional costs.
    • Save the message confirming the order and, when you receive the product, keep the invoice too.
    • Cooling-off period You can return your purchases within 14 days of receipt, but remember that deadlines for returning products will stop running during the state of alarm.
    • In the event of a problem, address your claim to the company that sold you the product or service first. If you do not receive an answer within 30 days, or if this is not satisfactory, you can contact the Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC) to make a complaint.

    Latest update 19/06/2020


The GSMA and Fira de Barcelona have decided to delay the Mobile World Congress 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The congress, which was due to be held in the first week of March 2021, will now take place from 28 June to 1 July.

The event is expected to have a better economic impact on the city and attract more attendees as a result of the change. 

According to Barcelona City Council, 700 companies confirmed their attendance on the day on which the later dates were announced.

Further information (CA)

Last updated 23/09/2020

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