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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.

Restrictions and recommendations, in force until March, 7

In force until March, 7

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

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

  • County lockdown all week

  • Bars and restaurants open from 7.30 am to 10.30 am and from 1 pm to 4.30 pm

  • Non-essential commercial establishments open from Monday to Friday

  • Gyms, at 30% user capacities

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 County area throughout the week, except for justified reasons. Mobility for school activities and camps will be allowed. 
  • The Barcelonès County area covers Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Badalona, and Sant Adrià del Besòs.
  • 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 10.30 am, and lunch at midday between 1 pm and 4.30 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.
  • ​Take away meals may be served between 6 am 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.
  • Hotel restaurants may operate from 6 am to 9 pm exclusively for their respective hotel guests.

Last updated 08/02/2021

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.
  • Shopping centres will reopen, at 30% capacity. They may open from Monday to Friday, except for establishments providing essential goods and services.
  • Restaurants in shopping centres will remain closed.
  • Commercial premises larger than 400 m2 will be allowed to open, limited to a 400 m2 surface area and at 30% capacity. They may open from Monday to Friday, unless they are essential shops.
  • Beauty centres and hairdressers may open, with services by appointment, along with activities that involve close personal contact.
  • Bookshops can open Mondays to Saturdays, regardless of their surface area. 

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 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 23/02/2021

Sports activities

  • Indoor gyms and sports facilities are reopening at 30% capacity. Group activities will no longer be limited to six people, wearing masks. Changing rooms will remain closed, except for use of swimming pools.
  • The capacity of indoor swimming pools will be increased to 50%.
  • Open-air sports facilities and outdoor swimming pools remain open with 50% of their user capacity.
  • Resumption of competitions that provide access to national-level sports events.
  • The postponement of non-professional competitions remains in force.
  • Federated sportspeople can train with more than 6 people and take part in permitted competitions.


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.
  • Theory classes at universities are continuing in online format, except in first-year courses, where face-to-face activity has partly resumed. Practicals and assessments are face to face​.
  • Allowed extracurricular, leisure and sports activities aimed at children and primary school that take place inside or outside schools with a maximum of 6 people (except those that preserve the school activity group).
  • Resumption of non-regulated activities and school sports for young people from secondary school as long as they maintain the groups of the school activity.
  • Semi-face-to-face activity in music and dance schools authorised by the Department of Education.
  • Camps will be allowed out of the County area, as long as they take place within the class bubble.


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 (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.


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