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Measures to combat Covid-19 in Barcelona

In view of the good progress seen in the epidemiological data, the Catalan government is easing its Covid-19 restrictions along the steady path back to normal.

Restrictions and recommendations in force from October, 22

In force from October, 22

  • All activities are resuming their usual public opening times 

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

  • Face masks obligatory for indoor spaces 

  • Shops and shopping centres: 100% capacity

  • Bars and restaurants: 100% capacity and no limit on people per table

  • Cinemas, theatres and concert venues: 100% capacity

  • Sport: 100% capacity outdoors and indoors

  • Nightlife venues: 80% capacity and Covid certificates 

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, cinemas, theatres, gyms...).
  • 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: 14/10/2021

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 consumption of food or drink is allowed at meetings involving gatherings of people at public spaces, from 1 am to 6 am. Shared alcohol consumption is prohibited in public streets and squares.
  • 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.

Bars and restaurants

  • 100% capacity.
  • Opening hours: the usual hours envisaged in the relevant sector-specific legislation.
  • No maximum number of people per table, and no minimum distance between tables, either indoors or in outdoor dining areas.
  • Mandatory use of face masks when not eating or drinking.
  • Ventilation of spaces must be ensured.

Last updated: 15/10/2021

Commerce and consumption

  • 100% capacity.         
  • Opening hours: the usual hours envisaged in the relevant sector-specific legislation.
  • Face masks must be worn.
  • Shopping centres and arcades: with crowd control. Enhanced ventilation is recommended. 
  • The sale of alcoholic drinks is completely prohibited between 10 pm and 6 am.
  • Non-sedentary markets and market fairs: 100% capacity, with crowd control and mandatory use of face masks.    

Last updated: 15/10/2021

Cultural activities and facilities

  • Face masks must be worn at all events.
  • Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, circus venues, concert halls and other places for holding public entertainment: 100% capacity. The restriction on the maximum number of attendees has been removed.
  • Concerts, music festivals and music events where audiences stand indoors must apply the same conditions as for night-time leisure: Covid certificates and 80% capacity.
  • If there could be more than 1,000 people: with crowd control. Enhanced ventilation is recommended indoors.
  • Museums, libraries, archives and exhibition halls: 100% capacity. 
  • Popular and traditional culture events: With crowd control both indoors and outdoors. Enhanced ventilation is recommended for indoor events.

Last updated: 22/10/2021

 

Sports activities

  • 100% capacity in outdoor sports venues and facilities.
  • Maximum capacity of 100% in indoor venues or facilities, and mandatory use of face masks.
  • Good ventilation must be ensured indoors.
  • Group activities held indoors are allowed provided a face mask can be worn, except in swimming pools. 
  • These restrictions do not affect sports technification and high-performance sports centres or professional sports venues and facilities.

Night-time leisure

  • Music bars, discos and concert halls will open at their usual times with at 80% permitted capacities for indoor areas.
  • Anyone intending to enter these premises will need to present the QR code of their Covid certificate (digitally or on paper) and prove they have been fully vaccinated or have tested negative in a diagnostic (PCR or antigen) test. Premises and establishments that only have or only use outdoor spaces and terraces are excluded from this access-control requirement.
  • Masks must be worn unless food and drink are being consumed.
  • Food and drink cannot be consumed on dance floors.
  • Dancing is allowed, but masks must be worn.

Last updated: 22/10/2021

Recreational activities

  • 100% capacity
  • Amusement parks and fairs: the restrictions set forth in the relevant sectoral plan must be applied. 
  • Leisure activities held indoors: with optimal ventilation conditions. 
  • Gaming rooms, casinos and bingo halls: with the minimum ventilation stipulated in the current legislation, enhanced ventilation whenever more than 1,000 people could gather, and crowd control. 
  • Opening hours: the usual hours envisaged in the relevant sector-specific legislation.

Last updated: 15/10/2021

Education

Last updated: 20/10/2021

Working and companies

  • Public and private companies are recommended to gradually re-introduce on-site working.
  • The promotion of teleworking is recommended wherever possible.
  • Congresses, conventions and trade fair activities: 100% capacity and crowd control. Enhanced ventilation is recommended indoors. 

Old people’s homes

  • Visits are allowed, always by appointment, and with the obligation to wear a mask at all times.
  • It is no longer necessary to take a rapid antigen test to visit or pick up an elderly relative. 
  • Residents will not have to take any type of test if they are leaving the residency for less than three days, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • If they leave for longer than three weeks, on their return, unvaccinated residents will have to take a PCR test and quarantine for fourteen (14) days.   

Last updated: 24/10/2021

Religious and civil ceremonies

  • 100% capacity at weddings, religious services and funerals.
  • 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: 15/10/2021

Civic facilities

  • 100% capacity at civic and community activities.

Last updated: 15/10/2021

Participation in associations

  • Sports, cultural and partnership-based associations may hold general meetings at 100% capacity.
  • For events of more than 1,000 people: with crowd control, and extra ventilation if held indoors.

Last updated: 15/10/2021

 

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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