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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 July, 30

In force until July, 30

  • Mobility restriction at night between 1 am and 6 am

  • Social gatherings with a maximum of 10 people, unless they are from the same household

  • 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

Mobility

Freedom of movement between autonomous regions.

Night-time mobility restriction:

  • You may not be in the street between 1 and 6 am, except for justifiable reasons..
  • Anyone who has to travel for reasons of force majeure must take along a self-responsible travel certificate. You can download here the certificate for printing [PDF].

Social gatherings

  • Family and social gatherings, whether indoors or outside, are limited to a maximum of 10 people unless the people involved are from the same household.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in public spaces

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, circus and concert halls are open until 0.30 am with 70% capacity, up to a maximum of 1,000 people.
  • As well as respecting capacity limits, all activities must provide everyone with a personal space of 2.5 m2.
  • Audience capacities may extend to a maximum of 3,000 people per performance, seated, by prior booking and without exceeding the 70% limit, if extra ventilation conditions are complied with and crowd control is established.
  • Food and drink can be served in places offering performing arts, music and public shows.
  • For concerts and public shows held outdoors in facilities with an authorised capacity of more than 15,000 people, the maximum number of spectators allowed is 20% of that capacity.
  • Use of a face mask and registration of the people attending.
  • For access to be granted to events where there are more than 500 people standing, an antigen test or a PCR test taken in the 12 hours prior to the start of the event is required, or being completely vaccinated. 
  • The event shall close no later than 0.30 am, with 30 additional minutes for the people attending to leave the venue.
  • 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.
  • Popular and traditional culture activities can resume, providing they are static, in a space with a perimeter or indoors, with spectators to be seated and the same limits on capacity as culture activities.
  • Local annual festivals (festes majors) and festival eve celebrations (revetlles) will be able hold suitable activities under the conditions envisaged. 
  • Anyone attending the popular and traditional activities must be seated.

Last updated  15/07/2021

 

Sports activities

  • Indoor and gpen-air gyms, sports facilities and swimming pools are working at 70%.capacity. 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.
  • 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.
  • Changing rooms will re-open, with proper ventilation and priority for those using swimming pools.
  • 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 for parks, amusement parks and children’s leisure activities increases 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). Bar and restaurant services are allowed to open. Closing 0.30 am.

Last updated  23/07/2021

Education

  • For the first and second cycles of pre-school education, compulsory education (primary and secondary) and post-compulsory education (secondary school, intermediate and advanced vocational training) and regulated special regime education (music, dance, visual arts and design, performing arts, sports education and higher artistic education), the measures established in their organisational plans for the 2020-2021 academic year must be followed.
  • In post-compulsory and regulated special regime education, it is not necessary to reduce the presence of students.
  • For adult education centres, official language schools and music and dance schools authorised by the Department of Education, in-person attendance has been reduced.
  • At universities, gradual recovery of face-to-face activities up to a maximum of 50% of each institution’s students. Each university will decide to which courses and subjects to apply this and how it wishes to do so. Placements and assessments can continue on-site.
  • All out-of-school and school sports activities are permitted and will be carried out in accordance with the Action Plan for education centres during the 2020-2021 academic year, within the framework of the pandemic (catalan).
  • The limit of 10 people per activity is lifted.

 

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.
  • No dance activity is allowed.
  • People attending must register.
  • Wearing a mask is obligatory.

Last updated  15/07/2021

Religious and civil ceremonies

  • Capacity of 70%, with a maximum of 1,000 individuals individuals or 3,000 individuals, indoors or outdoors, without exceeding the 70% limits, provided extra ventilation, air-quality and crowd-control measures are complied with. Includes weddings, religious services and funerals.

Last updated 07/06/2021

 

Penalties

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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