Measures for the new normality
After passing through the various stages of the Covid-19 lockdown exit, Barcelona will be joining the new normality on 19 June. This new period coincides with the end of the state of emergency and involves a gradual resumption of the usual activities while the necessary prevention and health measures are maintained.
The content for this page will be updated as information becomes available.
What is the new normality?
The new normality is the final stage of the Spanish government's Plan for the Transition to a New Normal (ES). This is regulated by Royal Executive Decree 21-2020, of 9 June (ES), on emergency prevention, containment and coordination measures for dealing with the Covid-19 health crisis; and by Decree 63/2020, of 18 June, on the new governance of the health emergency caused by Covid-19 and the start of the return stage in Catalonia. The Catalan Government is the competent authority for adopting, abolishing, amending and implementing the measures for the new normality.
Below you will find the main features of Royal Decree Law 21-2020 of 9 June and of the start of the return stage in Catalonia established in the PROCICAT Resolution of 18 June in accordance with Decree 63/2020.
- The social and economic restrictions are lifted.
- The extraordinary lockdown exit measures conclude.
- The restrictions on capacity, both indoors and outdoors, no longer apply. The permitted capacity of each venue is subject only to the ability to guarantee a safety distance between people of 1.5 metres. This is equivalent to a ratio of 2.5 m² per person. This will not apply if a more restrictive ratio applies due to the type of activity.
- Avoid build-ups of people.
- Mandatory use of face masks whenever the 1.5-metre distance cannot be ensured.
- Educational activities, with safety, prevention and 1.5-metre social-distancing measures between people.
- Spectators at sports activities, with a social distance of 1.5 metres between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person.
- Face-to-face work, with safety, prevention and 1.5-metre social-distancing measures between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person.
- Free movement of people throughout Catalonia, and, as from 21 June, throughout Spanish territory.
- Hospitality establishments, with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person. Booking in advance must be encouraged.
- Cultural facilities, public shows and other leisure activities, with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person
- Beaches must adhere to the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified ratio of 2.5 m² per person
- Shops, communal areas in hotels, cinemas and theatres, with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person.
- Night clubs and bars, with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person
- Sports facilities, with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person.
- Outdoor sports activities and supervised classes, provided that 1.5-metre social distancing. If two people from the same household are doing sport together, the distance between them may be less than 1.5 metres.
- Family gatherings and social activities, including amateur sports activities, provided that they do not result in crowds or exceed the capacity limit of 2.5 m² established by the Generalitat of Catalonia, and with the individual protection and hygiene measures established.
- Trade fairs and conferences, with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, provided that they do not result in crowds or exceed the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person. A record of attendees must be kept. Separate areas with separate entry and exit controls (such that they cannot come into contact with each other) must be established and with a maximum of 1,000 people, or 2,000 people if seated in pre-allocated seats.
- Indoor capacity: with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, provided that they do not result in crowds or exceed the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person. A record of attendees must be kept. Separate areas with separate entry and exit controls must be established and a maximum of 1,000 people, or 2,000 people if seated in pre-allocated seats.
- Outdoor capacity: with safety and prevention measures and a distance of 1.5 metres between people, and the Generalitat of Catalonia's specified capacity of 2.5 m² per person. A record of attendees must be kept. Separate areas with separate entry and exit controls must be established and with a maximum of 2,000 people, or 3,000 people if seated in pre-allocated seats.
- The area of 2.5 m2 can be reduced with the use of face masks, a register of people and monitored flow. Distances below 1 m2 cannot be maintained in enclosed spaces, except for people who are in regular close contact or whose work or care of others requires them to be at a closer distance.
Last updated: 01/07/2020
Safety and protection
We're continuing to act with caution to prevent a new outbreak of Covid-19.
Once the lockdown exit process ends it’s very important to keep applying the recommendations to prevent infection:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Use a face mask whenever it is obligatory.
- Maintain the minimum safety distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
- Sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow or use a tissue. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.
- Avoid sharing utensils, food or drink.
Last updated: 19/06/2020
Senior citizens, people with respiratory disorders and pregnant women are considered the most vulnerable groups when it comes to the coronavirus.
If you have any family members, neighbours or acquaintances who fall into any of these groups and need help, you can offer to bring them their shopping or essentials or to do anything else they may need.
As for senior citizens, you can phone them every day and ask about their health and their situation. Find out if they are emotionally well, if they are following the recommended hygiene and care routines, and make sure they have the healthcare they need. They shouldn't feel alone; they should know they can count on you.
Latest update 13/05/2020
Face masks are an additional protective measure, provided they are properly used, but they are in no way a substitute for the most effective preventive measures: keeping a safe distance from others and cleaning your hands frequently.
It is currently mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask:
- on public transport, whether inside vehicles or at stations or stops, whenever you are unable to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other people
- In public streets and squares and outdoor spaces, whenever you are unable to keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from others.
- In any enclosed space used by or open to the public, whenever you are unable to keep a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres from others.
Remember that face masks must also be worn in healthcare centres.
It is not compulsory for anyone suffering from respiratory difficulties that may be aggravated by the use of a face masks, nor for people for whom it is contraindicated because of health reasons, disability or behavioural disorders.
Face masks are also not required for outdoor physical sports activities, in cases of force majeure or in an emergency or if wearing a mask would be incompatible with the nature of the activities themselves.
And wearing a face mask is recommended:
- At home, if you are self-isolating or if you are looking after a sick person or someone suspected of being sick.
What’s the right way to put on and take off a face mask?
- Before putting it on, wash your hands and position the mask so that it covers your nose and mouth.
- Don’t touch it once you’ve put it on. If you touch it, wash your hands.
- To take the face mask off, hold it from the back or the elastic threads which hold it in place, without touching the part that might be infected. Then wash your hands straight away.
Face masks need to be changed as soon as they get damp or wet.
Latest update 19/06/2020
You should also respect social distancing recommendations during this phase:
- Always maintain a safe distance (1.5 meters) from other people.
- Avoid crowds, both indoors and outdoors.
- Use common sense and show respect towards other people.
- If you have to help vulnerable people, avoid direct contact with them. Contact them by phone and, if you do their shopping, leave it just outside their door so they can pick it up from there.
- Share these tips with the people around you.
Last updated: 19/06/2020
Safe, sustainable mobility in a new public space
We’re adapting public space and mobility to the recovery of daily life in the city so we can get around safely, sustainably and healthily.
Measures to guarantee safe and sustainable mobility
Given the lifting of the mobility restrictions caused by the health emergency and the resumption of activities, particularly from September, Barcelona will be extending the measures to promote safe, sustainable, healthy and efficient mobility through new interventions.
These initiatives will gradually transform public spaces and turn Barcelona into a healthier, more human city with shorter distances. The new series of initiatives, planned for this coming October, will involve an investment of 2.17 million euros (VAT included) and feature measures for promoting travel on foot and by bicycle and improving public transport, which are the main recommended travel options:
- Widening of pavements along Ronda Universitat i Pelai, with an extra 2,850 m2 for pedestrians.
- Reclaiming 34 streets for pedestrians with the safe routes network and permanent incorporation into the “Open Streets” programme of Via Laietana, Carretera de Sants-Creu Coberta and Passeig de Sant Joan-Pi i Margall, which will closed to traffic every weekend this coming autumn.
- Removing motorbikes from pavements
- 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.
- Re-opening of Bicing: 57 new stations and hygiene measures for the use of bicycles. The new stations mean the service will reach neighbourhoods that were not previously covered by the network, such as Marina del Prat Vermell, Trinitat Nova, Canyelles and Vall d’Hebron.
Initiatives will be carried out to improve the city’s bus-lane network and access to stations:
- Av Esplugues: new bus lane into the city, replacing a traffic lane.
- Av Diagonal (Pius XII-Zona Universitària): creation of a second bus lane out of the city, replacing a traffic lane.
- Av Diagonal (Francesc Macià-Aragó): expansion of bus lanes in both directions. A Besòs-direction traffic lane will be removed.
- Gran Via (Passeig de Gràcia-Marina): creation of a second bus lane along the central trunk in the Besòs direction. A Besòs-direction traffic lane will be removed.
- Improvement of access points to Sants Station.
- Improvement of access points to Nord Station.
- Improvement of the access point to the Sant Andreu Arenal Bus Station.
The first initiatives
Barcelona has already implemented its first set of immediate and emergency initiatives to prevent the establishment of the trend towards private vehicle travel and to ensure the public's safety.
These initiatives have helped to bring pedestrians an extra 30,000 m2 through traffic-calming measures, closures to traffic along avenue side roads and tactical pavement expansions; an extra 21 km of bike routes; 17 initiatives for improving bus lanes; safe routes by cutting daily traffic on 60 secondary roads; pavements freed from motorbike parking and 347,100m2 of big avenues and 376 ha of Montjuïc closed to traffic during weekends.
Last updated on 02/07/2020
Safe routes for daily life
The daily closure to traffic of 34 side streets from 9 am to 9 pm will continue. Signs prohibiting the entry of vehicles, except for accessing car parks - which will be allowed - and for service vehicles, will be affixed on both posts and road surfaces.
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.
Open streets at the weekend
During the weekends of June, the City Council has closed streets to traffic in various parts of the city in order to provide safe spaces for walking and practising sports. Some of these closures will be added to the “Open Streets” programme, which will resume in the autumn:
- Via Laietana and the Sants - Creu Coberta and Passeig de Sant Joan - Pi i Margall sections will be closed to traffic every weekend.
- Carrer Gran de Gràcia and the Fabra i Puig - Onze de Setembre section will have traffic restrictions one weekend per month.
- Carrer d'Aragó will be closed to traffic one Sunday every quarter.
Access will be permitted for essential services and for services with specific needs in the traffic-restricted areas.
Removal of motorcycles from pavements
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.
Recommendations for walking
- Avoid narrow streets where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
- When planning your route, give priority to streets with wide pavements.
- Find out which streets now have more space for pedestrians.
Map of safe routes and streets [PDF] (CA)
Latest update 02/07/2020
An operation is under way to remove motorcycles from pavements and free up more space for pedestrians.
This is one the urgent measures being carried out by the City Council to adapt public space to new mobility and the safety recommendations from the health authorities, given the need for wider and safer spaces for journeys made on foot.
It is being implemented in 20 areas in the city (two per district) and four streets (Via Laietana, Consell de Cent, Girona and Rocafort), where a notable accumulation of motorcycles parked on pavements has been found to be hampering the movement of pedestrians.
The following measures are to be taken in these areas:
- Elimination of parking spaces on pavements.
- Installation of signs prohibiting the parking of motorcycles on pavements where applicable.
- Notifications placed on motorcycles parked in these areas, issued by the GUB (city police) and warning of imminent penalisation if the vehicle is not removed.
- Start of reporting and removal of motorbikes if necessary.
- Regular checks by Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (BSM) security staff to prevent parking in these spaces again, as well as the regular tasks carried out by the police.
Car parks and on-street parking
At the same time, special pricing will be offered for motorcycles in car parks operated by BSM, SABA and BAMSA which are closest to the areas in question. The creation of rows of on-street parking will also be analysed, to generate an estimated 526 new on-street parking places for motorcycles.
Last updated: 13/05/2020
The Bicing service is back in operation and boosted with 57 new stations.
In order to make proper use of the service, you must follow these health-authority recommendations, as the state of emergency is still in force:
- Wash your hands properly before and after each journey, either with hand sanitiser or with soap and water, in order to avoid the risk of indirect infection.
- Wear gloves, which you must then throw away after returning the bike.
However, 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, you may not use Bicing. .
Other recommendations must also be followed, such as observing a safety distance of 2 metres from other cyclists, avoiding the use of two-way lanes and pedestrian areas, not touching your face during the journey, and if you sneeze or cough, only do so into your forearm. In addition, you should collect and return bikes using the Bicing app on your mobile phone whenever possible.
With the resumption of services, fifty-seven new stations have now become operational. Some of these will reach neighbourhoods that were not previously covered by the service, such as Marina del Prat Vermell, Trinitat Nova, Canyelles and Vall d’Hebron.
Subscriptions will be extended for the same number of days as the time elapsed between the suspension of the service and the end of the state of emergency, so that users do not lose a single day of service.
Latest update 19/06/2020
- 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.
Latest update 19/06/2020
Following the COVID-19 emergency, the deployment of the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emissions Zone (BCN Ring Roads LEZ) is being re-activated, having been halted when the State of Emergency came into force.
The aim is to prevent a return to the high levels of pollution reached before the health crisis and protect against illnesses associated with poor air quality.
The BCN Ring Roads LEZ system for imposing fines comes into force on 15 September this year for (M1) cars and (L) motorbikes which are not eligible for the General Traffic Directorate (DGT)'s environmental sticker.
The financial threshold is being extended for low-income self-employed people, on which basis they can receive a moratorium if they have a car or motorbike. That exemption will last until April 2021.
As for vans, lorries and buses that are ineligible for the DGT’s environmental sticker, the moratorium's deadlines for travelling along BCN Ring Roads LEZ at restricted times (Monday to Friday workdays, from 7 am to 8 pm) have been extended:
- Vans (N1), up to 1 April 2021.
- Heavy vehicles, lorries and small coaches (N2, N2 and M2), up to 1 July 2021.
- Buses and coaches (M3) intended for collective transport, up to 1 January 2022.
As for N2, M2, N3 and M3 vehicles, the moratorium will be renewable for a proportional period, if there are no appropriate legal and technical conditions for enabling the installation of filters enabling the vehicles to be standardised and obtain the DGT's environmental sticker.
Last updated: 17/06/2020
The metro network is operating at 100%, which means that trains are running as usual. During the month of July, opening times will remain from 5 am to 12 am, Sundays to Thursdays, and on Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am.
The bus network is running 80% of standard services, increasing to 85% during peak times.
In addition, all seats can be occupied whereas the two-people-per-square-metre proportion will remain in force in areas allocated for standing.
Extra daily cleaning and disinfection with virucidal products will also continue for vehicles and spaces.
At this stage it is still compulsory for passengers to wear masks in every means of public transport.
Information in real time
In order to avoiding congestion, an app showing the average estimated occupancy has been made available to the city's residents. You can search for information for your chosen means of transport by line, direction of travel, station and timetable.
From late May, staff will be deployed to facilitate access to transport services and to support users and help them comply with the hygiene and prevention regulations, such as wearing a face mask at all times, respecting social distancing in relation to others at ticket validation and vending machines, keeping as far away as possible from others on platforms and at stops, walking on the right along interchange passages, or giving up places in lifts to people with reduced mobility.
Sale of face masks and hand sanitiser at metro stations
You can buy face masks and hand sanitiser at official prices from the vending machines that have been provided in the metro network.
The ten vending machines will be 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).
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.
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.
- 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.
- It is also recommended that you maintain a safe distance (1.5 metres) between yourself and other people. També és recomanable utilitzar guants. When you leave, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with hand sanitiser as soon as possible.
In addition, this week also sees the resumption of authorised musicians performing in metro stations in accordance with the established safety and prevention measures.
Latest update 30/06/2020
1 July sees the start of the compensation procedure for time-limited public transport travel cards which holders were unable to use during the lockdown due to Covid-19.
The lost journeys can be recovered at any transport network access validator, or through a dynamic 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 dynamic 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).
Last updated 29/06/2020
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.
Last updated: 19/06/2020
A one-year extension - until 13 March 2021 - has been established for adult national identity cards expiring during the state of emergency.
Driving permits and licences expiring during the state of emergency will be automatically extended by 60 days.
In any event, it’s now possible to request an appointment to renew them.
Last updated: 19/06/2020
Yes, provided your MOT (ITV in Catalan/Spanish) expired during the state of alert.
Even if your certificate is still valid, it’s now possible to request an appointment to renew it.
Last updated: 10/06/2020
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.
Latest update 01/07/2020
Re-opening of spaces and services
Services and facilities are gradually starting to operate again. The use of public and natural spaces adapts to the health recommendations.
The city’s 101 municipal nursery schools in Barcelona have reopened on 15 June whith a demand of 1,535 infants, 620 educators and 520 support professionals
The re-opening of the nursery schools depended on an amendment made by the Catalan government to the Catalan Ministry of Education’s opening plan.
This amendment will bring flexibility to health measures, taking account of the unique nature of children’s education for minors up to the age of 3.
The re-opening place also states that the activities will be planned in accordance with the criteria for maintaining social distancing as far as possible.
Stable groups of five children per classroom, proposed activities that require few materials and the prioritisation of outdoor activities and well-ventilated rooms that are properly cleaned and disinfected will minimise the risk of infection.
The re-opening stage allows for groups of up to ten children, and therefore, more children are able to join in.
Schools have a re-establishment plan that contains organisational measures and individual and collective protective features and practices.
Schools have organised spaces and activities in line with all the recommended hygiene and health measures: the compartmentalisation of common spaces and playgrounds, internal paths and entrance and exit routes at the school and the gradual entry of children into schools, among other things.
The nursery school service in the new normal
The educational service will be open from Monday, 15 June to Wednesday, 15 July, Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 3 pm, (the normal summer timetable), as well as provide a reception service from 8 to 9 am.
There will also be a school-dinner service (breakfast and lunch), which usually takes place in the children's classroom.
As planned, once the course ends on 15 July, most nursery schools will be offering summer courses, known as bressol d’estiu [summer nurseries], as part of the summer holiday campaign. In addition, some nursery schools are aiming to continue these in the month of August, as an exception this year.
Priority criteria for gaining access to nursery schools
Children eligible for these schools will be between the ages of 1 and 3, and not under the age of one, as established by the Catalan government. The City Council's reopening plan includes additional criteria for establishing which families will have priority for the service.
The Department of Education's instructions establish a single criterion, which is that the parents who have to work in face to face and are unable to make their working day more flexible or rely on work-life balance measures. The City Council has added that, once these families have been attended, then families in a vulnerable social situation and single-parent families will receive priority.
If the demand from families exceeds the school's resources, a draw will be held, using the same criteria that are used during the pre-registration process for schools.
If a certain school has more resources than demand, the remaining places will be assigned to socially vulnerable or single-parent families whose children are enrolled at the same nursery school.
Further information (ES)
Last updated: 19/06/2020
Citizen Help and Information Offices (OAC) are initiating a gradual return to in-person assistance, but only by prior appointment.
You can get in-person assistance at the following offices:
- The Sant Miquel Citizen Help and Information Office
- The Sants-Montjuïc Citizen Help and Information Office.
- The Les Corts Citizen Help and Information Office
- The Horta-Guinardó Citizen Help and Information Office.
- The Sant Andreu Citizen Help and Information Office
- The Sant Martí 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.
Citizen Help and Information Offices have adapted to health safety measures, with the installation of screens at in-person assistance areas and information panels stating the regulations for using the offices.
Routes have also been signposted, in order to ensure social distancing, and staff will attend service users using personal protection equipment.
Remember that the portfolio of procedures has been expanded and the processing of consultations and administrative procedures via the 010 helpline have been simplified, in order to reduce the need for visiting the OAC as much as possible.
Last updated: 25/05/2020
80% of the city’s 52 civic centres will be steadily reopening between 15 and 22 June.
On 15 June, 28 civic centres will be starting the lockdown exit and gradually resuming their face-to-face activities. They will initially offer assistance and information on the activities and courses that will start to be given at the end of June and throughout July.
The city’s civic centres will be reopening with a few physical changes and new ways of operating in order to ensure everyone’s safety. The resumption of activities and usual services will be adapted to the health measures in place.
July will see several face-to-face workshops being held and a resumption of some of the pending courses. In such cases, there will be a possibility for users to recover sessions they have missed or, if the same type of workshop is not on the programme, to do sessions in an equivalent activity.
Barcelona Districte Cultural functions will also start to be rescheduled as from July.
As they gradually reopen, civic centres will also continue their virtual activities
Full list of civic centres and reopening dates [PDF - CAT]
Last updated: 12/06/2020
As of now, seven women's support and information points (PIAD):
- PIAD Ciutat Vella (C/ Nou de la Rambla, 45): Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 am to 2 pm.
- PIAD Eixample (C/ Calàbria, 264, access via Jardins de Rosa Deulofeu): Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm
- PIAD de Gràcia (Plaça de la Vila, 2): Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm.
- PIAD d’Horta-Guinardo (C/ Arenys, 75): Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm.
- PIAD Sants-Montjuïc (Pas de Fructuós Gelabert, 2): Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm.
All assistance provided in person will be by appointment only.
As from Monday, 29 June, the following will also be offering face-to-face assistance by prior appointment:
- PIAD de Sant Martí (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 837): Mondays, to Fridays, from 9 am to 2 pm.
- PIAD de Sarrià-Sant Gervasi (Plaça Consell de la Vila, 7): Mondays, to Fridays, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Only individual face-to-face support services will be provided at these centres. Group support and workshop sessions will continue telematically, as will legal advice, which will be offered by phone.
The rest of the centres continue to offer support by phone (936 197 311, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2 pm, and Monday to Thursday, 4 pm to 7 pm) and by email.
How can I arrange a visit?
You can call 936 197 311 (Mondays to Fridays, 9 am to 2 pm, and Mondays to Thursdays, 4 pm to 7 pm).
Or send an email to the PIAD nearest your home or place of work::
- PIAD Ciutat Vella: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PIAD Eixample: email@example.com
- PIAD Sants-Montjuïc: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PIAD Les Corts: email@example.com
- PIAD Sarrià - Sant Gervasi: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PIAD Gràcia: email@example.com
- PIAD Horta-Guinardó: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PIAD Nou Barris: email@example.com
- PIAD Nou Barris Zona Nord: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PIAD Sant Andreu: email@example.com
- PIAD Sant Martí: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember that you must wear a face mask all the time you are on the premises when you visit a PIAD in person.
Last updated: 29/06/2020
The Tibidabo Amusement Park reopens on Saturday 4 July, adapting to the new protection measures for Covid-19.
To enable everybody to enjoy the best experience, as normally as possible and with full safety guarantees, the park is limiting its capacity and adapting some rides, activities and shows to the health requirements. Some spaces and rides will be temporarily out of service, in compliance with the current regulations.
The park has new opening hours:
- The panoramic area will open at 11 am
- The rest of the amusement park will open at midday.
Safety and protection measures
The measures, which will apply temporarily to the entire site, will be gradually adapted based on changes to legislation and to the various health authorities’ and government bodies’ recommendations. The goal is to guarantee the safety of visitors and workers at Tibidabo.
- Mandatory use of face masks on the entire site.
- 1.5-metre safety distance between people or households.
- Hand-washing with alcohol-based sanitiser before entering the site, rides and spaces.
- Online advance ticket purchases with a specified date of visit to ensure the maximum capacity is not exceeded.
Last updated 03/07/2020
As from 22 June, Youth Spaces will be gradually re-opening to the public and resuming their face-to-face activities, after adapting their services and spaces to the safety measures established by the health authorities.
The face-to-face activities will be by prior appointment. Even so, some services, such as the infoJOVE [youth information] points will be providing both face-to-face and virtual assistance.
The “Aquí t’escoltem” [We listen to you here] youth-support service and the Centre for Families with Teenage Children will be back in service as from Monday, 29 June, at its usual times.
The nine permanent study rooms will be re-opening to the public, by prior appointment, limited to 50% reader capacity and at the new times of 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm. The two rooms opens over the weekend (Vapor Vell and Sagrada Família) will be keeping their usual times, from 4 pm to 8 pm.
JIPs – “Jove, informa’t i participa!” [Youth, get informed and take part] points
The JIP -“Jove, informa’t i participa!” points, which work under the framework of secondary schools, will be organising over a hundred free activities for teenagers during the month of July. Most will be face to face, though they will also be online where necessary, for safety reasons.
“La joventut connectada” [Connected youth]
La joventut connectada is a virtual activities and meetings programme for responding to the concerns and queries of teenagers and young people during the re-opening stage.
The programme can be followed through @bcn_joventut.
Notable proposals include the #ATENewView photography contest, which will display the best pictures representing the new normal. You will also find conversations on emotions and conflict management, professional paths and on how to prepare a summer escape in a van.
Barcelona Youth (ES)
Latest update 29/06/2020
The LGBTI Centre is operating under new provisional opening hours, from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 4 pm to 8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These opening times may be subject to change, depending on recommendations from the health authorities.
Personal assistance services will be provided both online and in person.. The service will be available by appointment only, which you can book by calling 938 80 5 111 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. It will be mandatory to wear a face mask inside the premises.
The cultural activity programme will continue to be provided exclusively on social media until further notice.
Organisations operating from the LGBTI Centre will be able to provide services in person again from next Monday, provided they follow the safety and hygiene measures stipulated by the health authorities.
Latest update 19/06/2020
The Office for Non-Discrimination (OND) has started offering face-to-face support by appointment from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2 pm.
The office continues to offer online and phone support for people suffering any sort of discrimination, along with legal advice on denouncing these situations.
You can contact the office by phone on 934 132 000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated 23/06/2020
Twenty of the city’s forty municipal libraries are resuming their services, having been conditioned to ensure safety measures for their users and workers.
The network’s other libraries will be gradually incorporated into the service as from 29 June.
From now on, they will be offering the following services:
- Document returns without prior appointment
- Reserving documents for taking out on loan, by form or telephone
- Collection of reserved documents in open libraries without prior appointment
- Telephone enquiries
- Virtual services
Opening times for all centres are Mondays to Wednesdays, 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm, and Thursdays to Saturdays, from 9.30 am to 2 pm.
The reserved documents will be collected from spaces arranged for this purpose as there will be no access to any other part of the library. Readers must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Note the postponement of deadlines for returning loans prior to closing up to 31 July.
You can also access the digital-contents loans service through the eBiblio and a variety of available online virtual activities and reading clubs.
Last updated: 19/06/2020
The process for gradually re-opening the remaining closed Municipal Sports Facilities begins on 22 June.
So far, several specific outdoor facilities could be used, without public spectators and for contactless sport, but from now on, all the city's Municipal Sports Facilities will be gradually re-opening:
- The four outdoor swimming pools that are either not part of or are physically separated from a Municipal Sports Centre: Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pools, Creueta del Coll Park Lake (first half of July), CEM Guinardó outdoor swimming pool and Can Dragó Municipal Sports Centre Lake.
- The 41 Municipal Sports Centres, subject to capacity control measures.
- The 56 Municipal Sports Facilities in the ten city districts: football pitches, sports halls and multi-purpose sports courts.
- The Pérez de Rozas Municipal Baseball and Softball Pitch and the La Foixarda Municipal Rugby Pitch, as well as the Mar Bella Pavilion and the Pau Negre-Parc del Migdia Hockey Field.
The facilities will be re-opened under a gradual, specific and controlled process, following the protocols established by the health authorities.
Use of the sports facilities
- No prior appointment will be required.
- Capacity limited to 50% of the maximum allowed and sports to be done in shifts.
- User staying times established in indoor spaces must be respected.
- Users are allowed to do sports inside facilities and outdoors.
- It is mandatory for users to wear a mask inside facilities, except when doing sport.
- No one may access a facility if they present COVID-19 symptoms.
- Users are allowed to use changing rooms and showers, provided capacity restrictions are applied and safety distances are maintained.
- Ventilation of facilities, at least once a day and for a minimum of 5 minutes a day.
- Extra hygiene and cleaning in facilities, which will intensify towards the end of the day.
- Disinfectant gel available to everyone.
- Cleaning and disinfection of communal spaces and shared material at the end of each shift.
Barcelona Sports Office
The Barcelona Sports Office offers a free advice and training service for managing projects and sports organisations based in Barcelona.
The office can be contacted by email, at email@example.com, and by phone, on 672 213 409.
Latest update 22/06/2020
Municipal museums and archives are resuming their activities at new opening times and limiting their visitor capacities to 50%.
In addition, this summer will their range of offers expanded, with cultural activities to suite everyone, from guided tours to film screenings and music performances.
The museums and archives that are reopening are:
- The Born Centre for Culture and Memory
- MUHBA, in Plaça del Rei, and the Via Sepulchral in Plaça de la Vila de Madrid
- The Design Museum is reopening its first-floor exhibition hall, dedicated to industrial design)
- The Ethnological and World Cultures Museum (the buildings in Montjuïc and on Carrer de Montcada)
- Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
- Frederic Marès Museum
- Montjuïc Castle
- Photographic Archive (exhibition hall)
- Museu de la Musica
The new opening times for visitors are: Monday to Friday, from 3 pm to 9 pm; Saturdays, from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays, from 10 am to 8 pm.
You are recommended to reserve your visit by prior appointment.
Municipal exhibition halls
Opening times at the Centre for Contemporary Art - Fabra i Coats will be temporarily changed. The facility will be open Tuesday to Friday, from 4 pm to 9 pm; Saturdays, from 12.00 noon to 8 pm, and Sundays and public holidays, from 11 am to 3 pm. People can visit the facility’s exhibitions freely and individually, along a route signposted at the entrance. The maximum capacity permitted in each hall will be sixteen people and the weekend guided visits have been suspended.
The network of municipal cultural facilities is introducing the following measures to ensure the safety of their visitors and employees:
- Visits with limited capacity: one third of the normal number of visitors allowed.
- 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
- Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
- Picasso Museum.
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
- Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).
- Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport.
Latest update 30/06/2020
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.
Last updated: 03/06/2020
From 8 June, you will be permitted to bathe in the sea and sunbathe on the beaches in Barcelona while always maintaining a safety distance of 1,5 metre from other people. You may also walk and do sport on the beach, following health recommendations.
Control of beachgoer numbers
In the interests of everyone's health, measures to control numbers will be established on Ciutat Vella beaches (Sant Sebastià, Sant Miquel, Barceloneta and Somorrostro), which are usually the most crowded:
- Cameras and video sensors that give real-time information about the number of people on the beach.
- Wood and rope fencing to limit entrance to the beach if the maximum number is reached.
- An information service detailing occupation levels, both online and at the beach.
With the aim of ensuring safety distances, occupation of the beaches will be maintained at between 25,000 and 38,000 people, as this means they will be able to enjoy an area of between 6 and 9 square metres, depending on whether they are alone or with others.
Reactivation of services
The rescue and lifeguard service will be resumed (from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm). The shower and foot washing facilities will be reopened along with public toilets, although these facilities may only be used individually.
The Centre de la Platja will provide information and assistance to the general public.
The dog area at the Llevant beach is open again and its capacity is limited to 60 dogs to guarantee the necessary safety distance, with the same public health measures as the rest of the beaches being applied. The area is open from 10.30 am to 9 pm.
As of now, the city's beach bars are already open, following the established social distancing measures.
Assisting bathing for people with a disability
The assisted-bathing service for people with a disability is also available at Nova Icària beach and in the Fòrum bathing area. The service will be open every day of the week until 27 September, with an extended public assistance service, form 11 am to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm. To use it, you will need to request it in advance.
To ensure health and safety measures, the service will be provided under the supervision of expert staff without direct contact, and the bathing area's capacity restricted to fifteen people, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from one another. People using the service are advised to come to the beach accompanied by their usual carer.
Professional and non-professional sport is permitted on beaches.
In order to make these differing uses compatible (bathing and sport), three areas have been reserved for doing sport on the beaches of Nova Icària, Bogatell and Mar Bella, from 10 am to 6 pm.
In the remaining time, sport can be played freely on the beach.
The volleyball courts are available for authorised use at all times.
Recreational shore fishing is also allowed at the designated area on Bogatell beach, between 6 pm and 11 am.
The children's play areas and callisthenics exercise areas are still closed.
Information on occupancy levels on beaches
The beach website provides real-time information on the number of beachgoers on each beach, with a system of traffic lights that indicate if the numbers are low, normal, high or very high.
In order to avoid queues and crowds, all beachgoers are recommended to consult this information before travelling to the beach.
We would ask city residents to heed any indications given by the GUB police force and announcements made over the loudspeaker system.
Latest update 06/07/2020
All the city’s parks are open to the public during their usual times and for uses envisaged during the current stage of the return to normal.
As of 18 June, besides walking and doing sports activities, groups of up to 20 people can now stay in parks providing they keep to a social distance of 1,5 metres or wear a face mask where such distancing is not possible.
Children’s play areas are also open for use. You are advised to maintain social distancing, wear a face mask when necessary and wash your hands frequently.
In addition, from 30 June all gated parks will start opening from 10 am again.
Recommendations for using city parks.
- Maintain social-distancing measures with other people inside the park.
- Use the park litter bins and take special care not to drop litter on the ground. This will make it easier to clean these areas.
- Keep your dog on a lead in green areas, except in dog-exercise areas.
Furthermore, remember that during these weeks of lockdown, some bird species may have made their nests in places that are more accessible than usual. Respect any birds nests and keep away from them as much as possible, to ensure and preserve their breeding season. Most urban birds and their nests are protected by current legislation.
Respect vegetation too, leaving it just as it is so that municipal teams can complete their assessment of it before they act.
Latest update 19/06/2020
Barcelona is re-opening its children’s games areas and at their usual times, not just in parks but in other areas in the city too, including beaches.
City residents are asked for maximum collaboration over the proper use of these areas, so they can be smoothly run. If you take children to a children’s games area, you will need to follow the recommendation of the Barcelona Public Health Agency:
- Children using these areas must be supervised by adults taking responsibility for their actions.
- Adults must wear masks. It is also advisable for children aged six and over to wear a mask.
- Social distancing (of at least 1.5 metres) must be maintained between people.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or with hydro-alcoholic gel before and after using these spaces.
- Clean the toys your children have brought to play with at the park.
These areas will be cleaned as usual. The process will take place once a day, with accumulated sand removed from the games, the game elements cleaned and any waste found in the area removed.
Besides children’s games areas, areas for the elderly and health and callisthenics areas will be re-opening, with users subject to the same recommendations as users are in children’s games areas. These areas will be cleaned and maintained the same way and as frequently as the children’s games areas.
Last updated 19/06/2020
The Encants Barcelona - Fira de Bellcaire will be open again, from 9 am to 4 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The facility applies the hygienic and preventive measures recommended by the health authorities and has been signposted in accordance with these recommendations. Visitor capacity has been restricted to 30% to ensure social-distancing compliance.
Auctions, for the moment, remain suspended.
Remember that it is obligatory for people to wear masks where they are unable to maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres from others.
Mercat dels Encants (ES)
Latest update 19/06/2020
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 whenever they are unable to maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres.
Last updated: 19/06/2020
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 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.
Last updated on 18/05/2020
Now that we have entered the re-opening stage, regular activities are permitted in municipal allotments for people over 65 and in self-managed community allotments, in accordance with the established safety measures, while avoiding any crowding.
If you go to a municipal or community allotment, make sure you keep to the following preventive recommendations:
- Don’t go to the allotment if you have any symptoms such as a fever, if you feel unwell or you have a cough or diarrhoea.
- Wash your hands before using communal tools, the irrigation keys, hoses, access locks or chains, the composters, toilet facilities or basins.
- Maintain a social distance of 1,5 metres from other users. If you are unable to do this, use a mask. Also use a mask in communal areas.
- If you use gloves, please be sure to use them appropriately.
- Each user must bring their own soap and towels, as well as alcohol-based sanitiser if deemed appropriate..
- If the allotment has a perimeter fence with restricted access, it must remain locked from the inside while working inside.
A sign with all these instructions should be kept in a visible place at the entrance to the allotment.
Latest update 19/06/2020
Barcelona’s cemeteries are opening at their usual times.
Anyone accessing Cementiris de Barcelona's facilities will have to wear a mask whenever it is impossible for them to maintain a social distancing of 1.5 metres.
During this new resumption stage, up to 24 June,, maximum visitor capacities will be set at the 75% of what is authorised for normal situations
Visitor support offices at cemeteries will also be open during their usual opening times for any procedures and at a maximum visitor capacity of 50%.
Latest update 19/06/2020
The Barcelona Pet Shelter (CAACB) has resumed various animal care services and shelter and adoption procedures.
Now that we are in the re-opening stage, opening times for the public are being extended and visitor numbers are increased to 50% of maximum capacity, while minimum social distancing remains in place. Volunteers should also be able to take the dogs from the centre out walking in different city spaces again.
Figures maintained during the state of emergency
The number of pets abandoned has remained unchanged during the state of emergency in comparison to 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)
Latest update 19/06/2020
Barcelona Zoo re-opens with its capacity limited to 50% and opening hours from 10 am to 7 pm, seven days a week.
The ticket booths with be open until 5 pm, but to avoid build-ups of people visitors are advised to buy tickets in advance on the Zoo website.
Visitors should respect the interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 metres and if this is not possible the use of face masks will be obligatory.
Various points have been set up around the site to provide hand sanitiser and instructions on how to follow the stipulated safety measures. The changes and measures relating to the current health situation can be found on the new mobile app for the Zoo.
Eateries on the site have also been adapted to the new reality with mobile points set up.
Summer schools at the Zoo
These are being held from 29 June to 10 September and are aimed at youngsters between the ages of 5 and 16. The registration process is open and is offered via the Zoo website.
Groups will be smaller this year, with fixed participants. Health recommendations will be followed at all times to ensure the safety of children and educators.
Last updated 25/06/2020
Park Güell is restarting its normal activity while respecting all the hygiene and protection measures.
Access to the whole park will be controlled by aligning the two regulated areas, the Park and the Monumental Zone, which add up to 12 hectares. And the maximum number of visitors allowed is being reduced by half to 1,400 people entering per hour.
Signs have been put in place around the park with messages regarding the safety measures that have to be followed and these are backed up by the presence of security staff. Use of a mask is recommended.
There are 8 entrances, 4 shared by visitors and city residents, and 4 for the sole use of local people. And, for security reasons, there is 1 exit, at the monumental gate. The aim is to reduce tourist overcrowding and thus ensure the park’s sustainability.
A space open to Barcelonians
New time bands just for locals:
- Good morning Barcelona: 6.00 am - 9.30 am.
- Good evening Barcelona: 8.00 pm - 11.30 pm.
People who have the Gaudir + card will have free access all day and will be able to use any of the park entrances. In addition, everyone who has a Barcelona libraries card will also have free access throughout the summer.
Beginning in the autumn, a new mobile app will be available that will make new registrations easier, more accessible and online.
A safe park
In order to make Park Güell a safe place, and bearing in mind the BCN Safe City project, we have started the process of securing Global Safe City certification with the seal of Excellence. The park will also receive the Safe Tourism Certified seal for having successfully introduced the safety protocol system and started up the Covid-19 risk prevention system.
Last updated 29/06/2020
The Montjuïc Cable Car is back in service after it was halted on 14 March, as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency.
The iconic Montjuïc cable car service is open again at the usual times, which in the summer is from 11 am to 7 pm, every day of the week.
The re-opening coincides with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Montjuïc Cable Car, which opened on 22 June 1970. You can see its development on this commemoration video.
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.
The Montjuïc funicular, which also halted its service in mid-March, is resuming its service too 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.
Last updated 30/06/2020
Resumption of activities
Little by little, cultural and leisure events, celebrations and sports events are making a return, incorporating safety measures to avoid infection.
This summer is going to be special. Despite the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 crisis, Barcelona will be brimming with things to do so that you can enjoy summer in the city with the necessary safety measures and precautions.
At Summer 2020 in Barcelona you’ll find everything the city has to offer during the hottest months of the year: festivals and celebrations, cultural activities, parks, swimming pools and sports facilities, plus information on everything you can do in your neighbourhood and district.
It’s a good time to rediscover Barcelona. Why not take a trip around your own city, stroll through corners you are unfamiliar with and get closer to its heritage and history?
And remember there are plenty of virtual activities to enjoy this summer too.
Last updated: 23/06/2020
The Grec Festival is organising a special edition to adapt to the situation caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The festival starts on 30 June and will run until summer 2021, with 108 shows distributed into three sections: Grec Festival, From Grec to Grec, and Open Grec.
This year’s Grec will also be an inclusive event, with a standard admission price of 15 euros and a reduced rate of 5 euros for family shows. Tickets go on sale on 12 June.
The 44th edition of the festival backs local talent and creativity, facilitates the broadcast of some of its shows and opens up its programme to online performances and new formats. Betevé will be the official media channel for the event.
This year’s inauguration will be a tribute to healthcare and emergency services staff and others working in essential sectors, who have been in the front line at difficult times during the pandemic.
Safety and prevention measures for Covid-19
The Grec is adopting a strict safety and prevention protocol for Covid-19, which will apply to venue access and audiences alike, as well as technical staff and artists, who will have to follow individual protection measures.
The festival will adhere to the following protocols always in accordance with the current regulations in force:
- Daily disinfection of every venue.
- Hand sanitiser dispensers at the entrances of every venue.
- Audience capacity and seat availability will have to comply with the required safety distances.
- Entry to and exit from the venues will be gradual and controlled by staff to ensure safety distances.
- No hard copy festival handouts or programmes will be provided in the venues. Information will only be available online.
- Separate access and exit points will be set up wherever necessary to avoid build-ups of people.
Check the individual protection measures for the different venues on the festival website.
Offers 48 shows at 13 city venues in July. Shows will mostly be in city theatres and museums, and venues on Montjuïc mountain in particular.
Starts in July and offers shows in various formats: live broadcasts of shows on social media, radio and TV; shows created to be broadcast online, podcasts, strolls through the city, discussions and dramatised readings.
From Grec to Grec
Starts in September and keeps the spirit of the Grec alive in various theatres and festivals, with shows which have been postponed and will be reprogrammed during the 2020-2021 season.
Last updated 30/06/2020
The Gràcia’s Festa Major 2020 is keeping its planned dates, from 15 to 21 August, but its activities are to be adapted to protective measures against covid-19.
The number of activities will be limited, there will be restrictions to the number of people attending, who will have to book their places in advance, to ensure social distancing. Venues will be disinfected and specific signposting put up displaying the necessary preventive measures.
There will be no night-time or early morning party, concerts or dancing this year. Activities open to the public will finish by the latest at 11 pm.
This year's event-opening speech will be given on 14 August in an indoor venue yet to be decided and with limited seating. It will be broadcast live for residents.
Streets will be able to put up symbolic decorations but without using the ground or façades, to enable access to streets. Nor may decorative scenes be put up.
Visitor capacities will have to be regulated to ensure social-distancing measures are complied with at all times.
Besides the streets, some common spaces will be arranged for holding activities, provided visitor numbers are controlled so social distancing can be maintained.
Last updated 15/06/2020
Sports events in city streets will resumed in September if the health situation allows it.
The City Council is preparing a guide that will make it possible to assess events for their level of risk, as well as the measures and actions that need to be adopted to make them safe.
Sports events calendar for September 2020
- La Mercè Fun Run (20 September)
This will signal the start of the new normal for fun runs in the city. Various scenarios are being considered, depending on how the pandemic develops. The restrictions imposed on the final proposal will depend on what is established by the health authorities.
- Fitness Festival (24 September)
As in previous years, this is linked to the La Mercè festivities. Participants will once again dance to the Koers Group's choreography, which premièred during the lockdown. Four different formats are being considered, depending on the level of restrictions.
- Barnatresc Walks
These will resume in the autumn, with two simultaneous walks at two city locations, and held on two Sundays a month. The same walk will divide participants into two groups with different starting and finishing points, but following the same route.
Further information (CA)
Latest update 27/05/2020
- La Mercè Fun Run (20 September)
The city’s activities calendar is available once again on Guia BCN.
Check out here the whole range of cultural and leisure activities on offer steadily entering the Barcelona programme, adapted to the COVID-19 safety and protection measures: music, shows, festivals, sports, films, fairs and tours, as well as activities aimed at young children.
As new feature, from now on Guia BCN will be incorporating new virtual-activity proposals, a growing cultural and recreational option given the health-and-safety related restrictions to face-to-face activities.
Last updated 17/06/2020
From 1 July, and throughout the month, the city’s community centres are hosting 23 functions for the general public and two for children, part of the programme for Barcelona Districte Cultural cancelled because of the health crisis.
The resumption of activities will meet the safety and capacity measures issued by the health authorities at all times.
The resumption of the programme by the Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB) to promote culture in the neighbourhoods coincides with the Barcelona Grec Festival and new initiatives such as Sala Barcelona.
The venues for Barcelona Districte Cultural in July are:
- Centre Cívic Albareda and Casinet d’Hostafrancs (Sants-Montjuïc)
- Auditori Sant Martí (Sant Martí)
- Barceloneta and Centre Sant Pere (Ciutat Vella)
- Centre Cívic Baró de Viver and Can Clariana Cultural (Sant Andreu)
- Centre Cívic Matas i Ramis, Casal Font d’en Fargues and Lluïsos d’Horta (Horta-Guinardó)
- Centre Cívic Joan Oliver ‘Pere Quart’ and Tomasa Cuevas (Les Corts)
- Vil·la Urània (Sarrià-Sant Gervasi)
- Centre Cívic La Sedeta (Gràcia)
The rest of the 70 functions suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis will be rescheduled for September and October.
Last updated 25/06/2020
From 25 June to 31 August, there will be an outdoor exhibition of photographs taken by members of the public during the lockdown. Some fifty photos will be on display in Passeig de Pujades, on the railings outside Parc de la Ciutadella.
The PHoto España photography festival has selected 50 photos from among the 1,748 they received through social networks after calling on local residents to capture the city from their balconies and windows, with the collaboration of Barcelona City Council.
It is a homage to citizens for their efforts, solidarity and commitment. A collection of scenes depicting the everyday life of the city under lockdown: clapping for healthcare workers, the work carried out by essential services, the appropriation of balconies as an everyday space or interacting with friends and family via video calls.
Some of the images have also captured the new ways of relating and the community life in the streets and squares, the queues outside shops, social distancing and face masks.
Last updated 26/06/2020
Sala Barcelona is a cycle of live, outdoor music performances given at Montjuïc Castle's Parade Ground from 2 July to 30 August, Thursdays to Sundays. The programme is made up of over sixty productions, adapted to safety measures and with a maximum number of seats for 400 people.
The project is an initiative from Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Concerts Halls Association (ASACC) to bring live music back to the city after the closure of its concerts halls in the wake of the health crisis.
Part of the proceeds raised will go to mitigating the emergency situation that the city’s small concert halls have been experiencing.
All the concerts will be performed with seated audiences. Individuals buying tickets on behalf of others (in groups of up to a maximum of eight people) will be able to sit together in seats arranged at the venue provided the entire group arrives at the same time. Ticket prices range from €12 to €15.
The cycle will be presenting flamenco, urban, rock’n roll, pop, garage, world, electronica, funk, blues and black music. Artists, bands and DJs taking part include Nueva Vulcano, Brighton 64, Yawners, Mourn, Queralt Lahoz, Las Bajas Pasiones, La Guapachosa, Los Tiki Phantoms, Tversky and '77 playing Black Sabbath.
Last updated 29/06/2020
The Barcelona LGBTI Centre is continuing its International LGBTI Pride and Liberation Day celebrations with “SHOGA”, an African LGBTI film cycle that brings audiences over to the reality experienced by people from the collective on that continent.
You can follow the “SHOGA” cycle on the LGBTI Centre's website until 14 July.
Last updated 02/07/2020
The Sant Antoni Sunday Market re-opens on Sunday, 28 June. Its opening times are from 8.00 am to 3 pm.
A maximum of fifty people will be allowed inside each marquee at any time (a quarter of its normal visitor capacity). There will be controllers at each marquee’s entrances and exits as well as signposted information.
Last updated 23/06/2020
Barcelona's Districts have resumed their public hearings in semi-face-to-face sessions, meetings between District councillors and local residents, having suspended them up to now because of the COVID-19 crisis.
There are two ways to take part in them: in advance through the decidim.barcelona platform, and face to face, by prior booking.
The districts of Ciutat Vella and Sants-Montjuïc held public hearing on 18 June. Public hearings will gradually be held in the city’s other districts during the next few weeks. Because of restrictions to attendee numbers, the hearings can also be followed live through decidim.barcelona.
All individuals and organisations wishing to ask questions and attending face to face, will have to inform a District representative of this at the start of the session, so they can take note of that when members of the public are asked to take the floor.
Anyone who wishes to take part remotely can ask questions through decidim.barcelona up to 24 hours before the session, which will be read out during the hearing by one of the District's expert teams.
District public hearing calendar
- Eixample: 8 July
- Les Corts: 9 July
- Horta-Guinardó: 6 July
- Nou Barris: 6 July
- Sant Martí: 6 July
Before the resumption of semi-face-to-face district public hearings, several public bodies had been holding remote sessions and “Councillor’s Office replies” virtual meetings launched, during which district councillors answered questions raised by local residents through the decidim.barcelona platform.
Last updated 06/07/2020
Local commerce and consumption
The commerce and hospitality sectors are now working again, adapted to health and safety measures to protect people against Covid-19.
During Stage 3 of the gradual lockdown exit, all commercial retailer establishments and premises including shopping centres and retailer parks can re-open to the public, without area restrictions.
As a new development, night-time discos and bars can re-open again, at a third of their maximum customer capacities. Terrace cafés, at 75%.
What are the mandatory requirements for opening a shop during stage 3?
- Limiting the maximum customer capacity of premises to 50%. For establishments with several floors, the percentage must be complied with on each floor.
- Minimum distance of two metres between customers to be guaranteed at all times. If this is not possible only one customer may enter the establishment at a time.
- Priority service times to be established for the over-65s.
Besides these obligatory requisites, local commercial establishments can:
- Establish systems that allow customers to collect products from the shop. This must be staggered to avoid crowding.
- Design a preferential home-delivery service for specific groups.
Requisites for shopping centres and retail parks
- Limiting the maximum customer capacity of communal areas to 40%.
- Limiting the maximum customer capacity of every shopping-centre establishmentto l 50%.
- Always guaranteeing a minimum social distance of two metres between customers and preventing crowds.
- Banning customers from lingering in communal areas. Such areas may only be used for walking from one shop to another.
- Re-opening of recreational areas (children’s areas, toy libraries and rest areas).
What hygiene measures need to be applied?
- All facilities must be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day. We recommend that one of the cleaning sessions be at midday, during a break in the service. The other must be carried out at the end of the establishment’s opening hours.
- Workplace of each member of staff to be cleaned and disinfected when their shift finishes, as well as places of contact such as counters and door handles.
- As for vending machines, self-service launderettes and the like, compliance with machine and premise hygiene and disinfection measures must be guaranteed and users informed about their correct use via information posters.
Free courses on cleaning and disinfecting commercial premises
Given that it is compulsory for shops to be disinfected every day, Mercabarna is offering free courses on cleaning and disinfecting commercial premises (ES) in small and medium-sized agro-food shops.
- Bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers inside their premises (except for discos and night-life bars), with a capacity of 50%, customers seated and preferably with appointments.
- Customers can order takeaways in person.
- Bar and restaurant terraces can keep opening with a limit of 75% of their tables compared to the number from 2019, with a minimum distance of two metres between tables or groups of tables.Maximum occupancy is 10 people per table or group of tables.
- Self-service products may be offered, freshly prepared or pre-prepared, with protective screens and individual dishes or portions.
- No sort of buffets or serve-yourself food services may be offered.
- The use of shared menu cards must be avoided at bar and restaurant terraces. Personal electronic devices, blackboards or posters should be used instead.
- Toilets must be cleaned and disinfected at least six times a day. Only one person may enter the toilet at any one time, except for justified cases.
As Stage 3 is now in place in Barcelona, outdoor or travelling markets on public roads can keep opening, with priority for those selling food products and essential items, at half of the usual number of places to maintain a social distancing of two metres between customers. The distance between stalls must be at least two metres as well. In addition, all outdoor or travelling markets held on public roads must provide litter bins for the disposal of tissues and other waste materials.
Last updated 18/06/2020
Together with the commerce sector, the City Council has published a good-practice guide that lists a series of recommendations and measures to do your shopping in the safest and most responsible way.
There are general preventative measures, as well as those concerning personal and shop hygiene, as well as a special increase in online sales and home deliveries, with preferential treatment for the most vulnerable groups.
And when you go food shopping or to the pharmacy, you should follow these safety measures:
- Avoid crowds.
- Respect the safe distance at all times (1.5 - 2 metres at minimum).
- Queue up outside the establishment whenever possible.
- At the markets, queue up at stalls following the instructions of the stall owners. Four to five people per stall at a time is the recommended maximum.
- Show common sense and respect when dealing with others.
- If you can, avoid going with children, elderly people or people with health problems.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose, as well as foods that you are not going to purchase.
- As soon as you arrive home, wash your hands thoroughly.
- Share these tips with your family, friends and neighbours.
Distribution of 40,000 face masks to commercial establishments
In addition, with a view to the resumption of economic activity, the City Council will be distributing 40,000 face masks to workers in the commerce sector to help compliance with safety and prevention measures.
The distribution of masks to workers in on-street commerce will be carried out with the help of commerce entities, which have channelled the demand for material from the different establishments.
Last updated: 29/05/2020
- Municipal Markets
It is very important to eat properly. Barcelona’s municipal markets are staying open to guarantee the supply of fresh produce. And to facilitate shopping from home and avoid the need for travel, the city's markets have also boosted their home delivery and online sale services.
Some markets have even established free services for the elderly to ensure that everyone has access to essential products.
- Farmers feed you too
During this period, small farms are also making home deliveries, providing us with healthy, high-quality food.
- Which retailers are making home deliveries?
In Barcelona, many commercial establishments and shops are essential services and are still open to the public. Many of them have online sales services and home delivery so that you can do your shopping from home. If you click on the file for each establishment on the map showing open shops in Barcelona, you can see if they are offering this service.
- Mercabarna wholesale market ensures the supply of fresh produce.
During this phase of recovering normality, the employees of the companies involved in the fruit, vegetable and fish central markets have continued to carry out their work every day, in spite of the difficulties associated with the health emergency, in order to provide municipal markets, supermarkets and other local food shops with fresh produce.
Latest update 19/06/2020
- Municipal Markets
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
Sustainable food is beneficial for the general public because it ensures that safe and healthy food is available everyone, including the most vulnerable people; It is beneficial for territories because it drives local economies, forges links between rural and urban environments, gives recognition to tasks relating to the food cycle and celebrates the diversity of food cultures. It benefits the planet because it preserves and regenerates its limited resources, combats the climate crisis, ensures animal welfare and fosters biodiversity.
What is a sustainable diet?
- Buy local, seasonal products that are environmentally friendly: those that are organic, agroecological or obtained from sustainable fishing practices.
- Eat less meat and meat by-products, but of better quality. Make a commitment to quality.
- Give preference to fresh and varied foods, and avoid ultra-processed foods.
- Look at the working conditions of the people who produce each product, and find out if the brand fosters fair trade.
- Reduce food waste and the use of packaging, particularly plastic.
- Check the labels, find out about the products, talk about them, participate and empower yourself!
Latest update 26/05/2020