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Measures to combat Covid-19 in Barcelona

The Catalan government is the authority responsible for adopting, abolishing, amending and implementing measures to prevent infections. Under the new Catalan Territorial Civil Protection Plan (PROCICAT), at the metropolitan level, municipalities in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area are working together with the Catalan government to contain outbreaks.

In this context, Barcelona City Council has been playing a key role in the management of the healthcare and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and has been working hard with its finances and resources to offer city residents all the services, aid and protective measures they need in these truly exceptional times.

Restrictions and recommendations in force until September, 24

In force until September, 24

  • No limit on number of people for social gatherings It is recommended that people gather in groups of no more than ten

  • Freedom of movement between autonomous regions, without household bubbles limitations

  • Shops and shopping centres, open until 10 pm at 70% capacities

  • Bars and restaurants, open from 6.00 am to 0.30 am

  • Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and museums, open until 0.30 am at 70% audience and visitor capacities

  • Closing of night-time recreation, except for premises with outdoor terraces and spaces

Use of masks

To wear a mask is mandatory for everyone over the age of 6:

  • In outdoor spaces if there are crowds and a distance of 1.5 metres between people cannot be observed, except for people from the same household.
  • In indoor spaces for public use (libraries, facilities, hospitals...) or that are open to the public (shops, restaurants...).
  • In all public transport, including platforms, passenger stations and cable cars. As well as in private vehicles if the occupants are not from the same household.
  • At outdoor events involving large crowds (such as shows and concerts) if attendees are standing, or if they are sitting and the distance of 1.5 metres cannot be observed, except for people from the same household.

Masks are not be required:

  • On public roads or outdoors provided that the safety distance of 1.5 metres can be observed, except for groups of people in the same household.

You are advised to always wear a mask, whether outside or in public or private indoor spaces. 

Latest update 09/07/2021


Freedom of movement between autonomous regions.

Last updated  19/08/2021

Social gatherings

  • Social and family gatherings may exceed ten people.
  • Even so, the recommendation is to keep gatherings to a maximum of ten people, except where people are fellow householders.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in public spaces as a group.
  • People with Covid-19 symptoms, or who have to self-isolate or be in quarantine for any reason, may not take part, under any circumstances.

Working and companies

  • Public and private companies are recommended to gradually re-introduce on-site working.
  • The promotion of teleworking is recommended wherever possible.
  • Face-to-face holding of conferences, conventions and trade-fair activities at 70% capacity and a maximum number of attendees of 1,000 or 3,000 people, depending on the space's ventilation conditions, and without exceeding 70% capacity.

Bars and restaurants

  • Bars and restaurants can open without interruption from 6 am to 0.30 am
  • Indoor capacity, suitably ventilated, is limited to 50%, and 100% on outdoor terraces.
  • Inside, 6 people per table (unless they all live in the same household) and 2 metres between tables.
  • On terraces, 10 people per table (unless they live in the same household) and 1.5 metres between tables.
  • You can eat and drink at the bar, provided there is a 1.5-metre separation between persons.
  • Diners musts wear a mask throughout and only take it off when eating or drinking.

Last updated 15/07/2021

Commerce and consumption

  • Commerce is authorised to open at 70% capacity. This restriction does not apply to commercial establishments selling essential products, hygiene products, veterinary clinics, bookshops, hairdressing salons, beauty salons, car dealerships and garden centres.
  • Opening hours are from 6 am to 10 pm (except for essential activities, which this time restriction does not apply to.).
  • Convenience stores can stay open until 0.30 am

Public transport

  • Public transport will maintain 100% of their services.

Last updated 02/11/2020

Cultural activities and facilities

  • Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, circuses, concert halls and spaces equipped for public performances, both indoor and outdoor: a maximum of 70% of the capacity of the venue, and a maximum of 1,000 people per hall per session or performance. All spectators/ members of the audience must be seated.
  • Good ventilation and crowd control make it possible to increase the capacity to 3,000 people per session or performance, with prior registration and allocated seating.
  • Face masks must be worn. 
  • The event shall close no later than 0.30 am, with 30 additional minutes for the people attending to leave the venue.
  • Food and drink can be served in places offering performing arts, music and public shows.
  • Galas, awards ceremonies and festivals are authorised.
  • Museums, libraries, archives, exhibition rooms, art galleries and visual arts and creation centres are open, with a maximum capacity of 70%. Cultural activities will resume at up to 70% capacity.
  • Traditional cultural activities are permitted, both outdoors (in designated spaces) and indoors. Spectators must be seated, and capacity limitations are the same as those for cultural events.
  • Human towers activity resumes: Human towers with of up to 160 people per group are now permitted. Members of the public must be in a separate area which is cordoned off.
  • Traditional dance activities must be organised in line with the approved sectoral plan.
  • Activities that are part of town festivals and other street events that may draw crowds must be organised in such a way that they comply with current legislation.

Last updated  17/09/2021


Sports activities

  • Gyms and sports facilities are open, but capacity is limited to 70%, for both indoor and outdoor facilities, including swimming pools.They can open to the public from 6 am to 0.30 am and they can offer food and drink.
  • Prior booking will no longer be required for accessing gyms, indoor swimming pools and indoor sports facilities and will be replaced with a register of users.
  • Changing rooms will re-open, with proper ventilation and priority for those using swimming pools.
  • In indoor spaces, where there is reinforced ventilation, group activities must be carried out at 70% capacity and face masks must be worn (except for swimming-pool activities). If there is no reinforced ventilation, activities must be carried out at 50% capacity and face masks must be worn. 
  • In outdoor installations and facilities, group activities can be carried out at 70% capacity.
  • These limitations do not affect sports technification and high-performance sports centres or professional sports installations and facilities.


Civic facilities

  • Civic and community activities may be attended in person.
  • Up to 70% capacity if the minimum established ventilation can be guaranteed.

Last updated 21/06/2021

Recreational activities

  • Capacity of amusement parks and children’s leisure facilities is limited to 50%.. Bar and restaurant services are allowed to open.
  • Children’s play areas in public parks work at 50% capacity.
  • Amusement arcades, casinos and bingo halls will have a capacity of 70%, up to a maximum of 500 people, (up to 1,000 with proper ventilation and control measures to avoid build-ups of people).
  • Groups can include a maximum of 10 people, with a distance of 2 metres to be maintained between different groups. 
  • Bar and restaurant services are allowed to open. Closing 0.30 am.

Last updated  06/09/2021


Last updated: 09/09/2021


  • The obligation for demonstrations to remain in the same spot, with no spearheads for marches and no walking for participants is lifted, as is the closure of the nearest entrances to public transport.
  • Physical distance of 1.5 metres between participants, unless they are part of the same bubble group.
  • Controlled capacity so that the volume of people complies with the minimum space per person.
  • Face masks must be worn.

Last updated: 10/09/2021

Participation in associations

  • Gatherings of sports and cultural entities will be allowed with a capacity limit of 70% and a maximum of 1,000 people, or up to 3,000 with good ventilation and crowd control.

Last updated: 22/06/2021


Night-time leisure

  • Closure of discotheques, dance halls and music bars, except for establishments with outdoor terraces and spaces (groups of up to a maximum of 10 people).
  • These establishments may open until no later than 0.30 am, with 30 additional minutes for the people attending to leave the venue.
  • Customers may only use indoor spaces in order to access outdoor terraces or areas, or to use toilet facilities.
  • No dance activity is allowed.
  • People attending must register.
  • Wearing a mask is obligatory.

Last updated  06/09/2021

Religious and civil ceremonies

  • Weddings, religious services and funerals without capacity limitation.
  • A minimum safety distance between people of 1.5 metres must be ensured, along with all other measures established in the sectoral plan.
  • For gatherings of more than 1,000 people, forced ventilation and crowd control are recommended.

Last updated: 11/09/2021


In order to tackle the health crisis caused by Covid-19, the project for Decree Law 30/2020Decree Law 30/2020 (Catalan), of 4 August, approved by the government, establishes three types of infringements for non-compliance with health and prevention measures, along with their respective penalties.

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What should i do if i have symptoms of COVID-19

If you’ve got Covid-19 symptoms or you’ve been in contact with somebody diagnosed with it, get in touch with your primary healthcare centre or call 061 (freephone number).. Stay at home and isolate yourself from all other householders.

And remember that the main measures for slowing down the transmission of the virus are: maintain a safety distance, wash your hands, use a facemask, reduce social contact as far as possible and avoid crowds.

If you have a condition which puts you at risk, take extra care with your precautions.

Here you will also find information on vaccines against Covid-19 and the vaccination campaign.


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