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Measures to combat Covid-19 in Barcelona

Given the surge in the number of cases of COVID-19, the Spanish government has declared a state of emergency (ES) so that Spain’s regional governments can adopt the necessary measures for containing the pandemic.

In this context, the Government of Catalonia has initiated a plan for resuming activities, agreed with the various sectors.

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.

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.

  • Social gatherings with a maximum of 6 people (2 bubble groups)

  • You may not be in the street between 10 pm and 6 am

  • Municipal lockdown all week

  • Shopping centres and shops with floor space over 400 m2 closed

  • Bars and restaurants open from 7.30 am to 9.30 am and from 1 pm to 3.30 pm

  • Non-essential commercial establishments open from Monday to Friday

  • Gyms closed. Outdoor sports and swimming pools only.

Gradual resumption of activities

Plan for the progressive resumption of activities

The Generalitat has initiated a plan for the gradual resumption of some activities. We are now in tier 1, with new restrictive measures that will remain in force from 7 to 24 January.

The plan consists of four fifteen-day phases, which will be reviewed in accordance with the evolution of the infection rate (R number) and new hospital admittances:

  • If the rate is less than 0.9 and admittances go down, the reopening process will continue.
  • If the rate is between 0.9 and 1.0 and admittances remain stable, the adopted measures will be extended.
  • If the rate is greater than 1.0 and admittances increase, the measures will be revised.

Plan for the progressive resumption of activities 

Last updated  14/01/2021

We are in phase one of the progressive opening of activities

  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 4

Restrictions and recommendations in force

Restrictions on people entering and leaving

  • Neither entering nor leaving Catalonia is permitted, except for justifiable reasons.
  • It is not permitted to enter or leave the municipality where you live throughout the week, except for justified reasons and to do physical exercise or practice individual sports outdoors between bordering municipalities.
  • Anyone who has to travel for reasons of force majeure must take along a personal-responsibility certificate. You can download here the certificate on line or for printing [PDF].
  • Travel for work purposes is only permitted where teleworking is not possible.

Mobility restrictions

  • Going out into the street is not permitted between 10 pm and 6 am, except for justifiable reasons.
  • Mobility is allowed for people returning home from educational centres and permitted cultural activities and to collect food from restaurants and bars.
  • Anyone who has to travel for reasons of force majeure must take along a personal-responsibility certificate. You can download here the certificate on line or for printing [PDF].
  • It is recommended that journeys outside the home should be limited as much as possible, along with the use of public thoroughfares.


Limiting social gatherings

  • Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people (household groups) from two household bubbles.
  • People are advised to reduce social and family gatherings in enclosed spaces as much as possible, including in homes. The recommendation is for such gatherings to be limited to dependent or vulnerable people, always within the same bubble group.
  • When these meetings are held in public spaces, the consumption of food or beverages is not permitted.
  • Smoking is banned on public streets and squares, whenever the two-metre social distance between individuals cannot be maintained

Companies and teleworking

  • Worker mobility needs to be limited as much as possible, remote work has to be enabled and flexible working hours encouraged.

Bars and restaurants

  • These establishments may open to serve breakfast in the morning between 7.30 am and 9.30 am, and lunch at midday between 1 pm and 3.30 pm.
  • Indoor capacity is limited to 30% (adequate ventilation is required), and 100% on outdoor terraces.
  • There needs to be a safety distance of two metres between tables and a maximum of four people per table (except for bubble groups). 
  • Food and drink must always be consumed at tables.
  • Diners musts wear a mask throughout and only take it off when eating or drinking.
  • ​Hotel restaurants may operate from 6 am to 9 pm exclusively for their respective hotel guests.
  • Take away meals may be served between 7 pm and 10 pm on the premises, and until 11 pm in the case of home delivery.
  • Bars and restaurants in shopping centres must remain closed.

Last updated 21/12/2020

Commerce and consumption

  • Small retail establishments and commercial establishments of less that 400 m2 may only open Monday to Friday, except for establishments providing essential products and services. 
  • Opening hours are from 6 am to 9 pm (except for essential activities), with maximum 30% capacity.
  • Closure of shopping centres and establishments of over 400 m2, except for establishments providing essential goods and services. Those with less than 400 m2 and direct street access may also open to the public, except on Saturdays and Sundays, with maximum 30% capacity.
  • Beauty centres and hairdressers may open, with services by appointment, along with activities that involve close personal contact.

Public transport

  • Public transport will maintain 100% of their services.

Last updated 02/11/2020

Cultural activities and facilities

  • Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and concert halls are open with 50% capacity, up to a maximum of 500 people.
  • Audience capacities may extend to a maximum of 1,000 people per performance, seated, by prior booking and without exceeding the 50% limit, if extra ventilation conditions are complied with and crowd control is established.
  • Museums, libraries, archives and exhibition venues are open, with a maximum capacity of 50%.
  • Closing at 10 pm; audience members are allowed to return home after 10 pm.

Last updated 14/12/2020

Sports activities

  • Closure of sports facilities and sports halls in enclosed spaces, except for indoor swimming pools, which can remain operative with 30% of their user capacity.
  • Open-air sports facilities and outdoor swimming pools remain open with 50% of their user capacity.
  • The postponement of non-professional competitions remains in force.


Civic facilities

  • No face-to-face civic or community activities are allowed in civic facilities. except for exhibitions with 33% of capacity.
  • Exempted from this are programmes and activities involving social-educational intervention, educational recreation and free-time education in children’s and adolescents’ leisure and youth-support programmes, as well as social and personal intervention activities, such as soup kitchens, hairdressing and podiatry.
  • Activities are suspended for children's centres, play libraries, study rooms, youth organisations and youth centres, as well as facilities for the elderly.

Last updated 02/11/2020

Recreational activities

  • Closure of amusement parks, fairs, establishments offering private children's leisure activities indoors, amusement arcades, casinos and bingo halls.
  • Children’s playgrounds in pubic parks at 50% capacity (they can be used until 8 pm).
  • The holding of big annual festivals and and popular and traditional culture activities is suspended.

Last updated 07/01/2021


  • 100% attendance for infant schools, primary schools and compulsory secondary education is maintained.
  • For baccalaureate courses, vocational training  and specially regulated teaching (music, dance, visual arts and design, performing arts, sports instruction and higher artistic education), adult education centres and official language schools, in-person attendance has been reduced.
  • At universities, theory classe
  • Extra-curricular activities and sports at school permitted with bubble groups from usual school hours.
  • All other outdoor activities, school sports and extra-curricular activities are suspended.


Night-time leisure

  • Nightclubs, dance halls and entertainment venues, as well all venues with a dance floor that play music, will continue to be closed to the public.

Last updated 02/11/2020

Religious and civil ceremonies

  • Places are limited to 30% of capacity, with a maximum of 500 individuals.
  • The capacity may extend to 1,000 individuals, without exceeding the 30% limits, provided extra ventilation, air-quality and crowd-control measures are complied with.

Last updated 14/12/2020


In order to tackle the health crisis caused by Covid-19, the project for Decree Law 30/2020Decree Law 30/2020.  (CA), 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.


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