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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 April, 26

In force until April, 26

Restrictions on people entering and leaving

  • Neither entering nor leaving Catalonia is permitted, except for justifiable reasons.
  • The county lockdown remains in force: entering or leaving the county is not allowed on any day of the week without a valid reason. 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 self-responsible travel 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

  • Meetings and social and family gatherings, indoors or outdoors, are limited to a maximum of six people from two support bubbles, with the exception of members of the same household.
  • 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

  • Bars and restaurants can  open without interruption from 7.30 am to 5 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 can also serve evening meals until 10 pm, only for guests staying at the hotel.

Last updated 08/03/2021

Commerce and consumption

  • Retail, commercial establishments of up to 800 m2 and shopping centres can open every day of the week, including for non-essential products, at 30% capacity.
  • Opening hours are from 6 am to 9 pm (except for essential activities).
  • Shops of more than 800 m2 can open provided the sales area is no more than 800 m2 in size, and at 30% capacity.
  • Restaurants in shopping centres will remain closed.
  • 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.
  • Limits on programmed activities are lifted. 
  • Museums, libraries, archives, exhibition rooms, art galleries and visual arts and creation centres are open, with a maximum capacity of 50%. Cultural activities will resume at up to 50% capacity.
  • Closing at 10 pm; audience members are allowed to return home after 10 pm.

Last updated 15/03/2021

Sports activities

  • Indoor gyms and sports facilities are reopening at 30% capacity. Group activities will no longer be limited to six people, wearing masks. If ventilation is insufficient, the limit of six people with face masks still applies. 
  • Changing rooms will re-open, with proper ventilation and priority for those using 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.


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 and free-time education in children’s and adolescents’ leisure and youth-support programmes, as well as social and personal intervention activities (soup kitchens, hairdressing and podiatry).
  • Outdoor activities (physical and memory training activities) for over-60s are allowed in groups of up to six people.
  • 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 08/03/2021

Recreational activities

  • Closure of amusement parks, fairs and establishments offering private children's leisure activities indoors.
  • Children’s playgrounds in pubic parks at 50% capacity (they can be used until 8 pm).
  • The holding of big annual festivals is suspended.
  • 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.
  • Reopening of gambling halls, casinos and bingo halls at 30% capacity and a maximum of one hundred people provided that the minimum ventilation is ensured.
  • If there are reforced ventilation systems, the number of people can be increased to 250 (provided the 30% capacity limit is not exceeded). Bar and restaurant services are not allowed to open.

Last updated 15/03/2021


  • 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, gradual recovery of face-to-face activities up to a maximum of 30% 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.
  • Allowed extracurricular, leisure and sports activities aimed at children, primary school, compulsory secondary education, baccalaureate and vocational training students in groups of no more than six people (this limit does not apply to school bubbles).
  • Semi-face-to-face activity in music and dance schools authorised by the Department of Education.
  • Camps and travel to another county for educational leisure activities is also permitted. An overnight stay is permitted if the classroom bubbles are maintained.


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.

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


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