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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.

Restrictive measures to be relaxed again, as from 21 June

The Catalan government will once again be easing the measures to contain Covid-19 as from 21 June.

These are the main changes:

Social gatherings

Groups of more than ten people will be able to meet for social and family gatherings.

Night-time leisure

  • Discotheques, dance venues and music bars will be permitted to open until 3.30 am, keeping a record of all visitors, at a maximum of 50% capacity indoors and with the use of face masks on the dance floor.

Local festivals

  • For local festivals and other popular festivals, the opening of dance floors will be permitted with the use of face masks (for instance outdoor spaces with awnings).

Bars and restaurants

  • Up to ten people may sit together at a table on terraces (except for households) with a distance of 1.5 metres between tables.

Extracurricular activities

  • All unregulated training and educational activities and school sports will be permitted.
  • The limit of 10 people per activity will be removed.

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: 17/06/2021

Restrictions and recommendations in force until June, 21

In force until June, 21

  • Social gatherings of up to 10 people, without bubble groups limitations

  • 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 1 am

  • Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and museums, open until 1 am at 70% audience and visitor capacities

  • Gyms and swimming pools, at 70% user capacities

Mobility

  • Freedom of movement between autonomous regions.
  • Freedom of movement outdoors at night.

Last updated 21/05/2021

Social gatherings

  • Meetings and social and family gatherings, indoors or outdoors, are limited to a maximum of ten people (with the exception of members of the same household), with no limit to bubble groups.
  • 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.
  • Eating and drinking is allowed in public spaces which serve this purpose: recreation areas, rest areas and picnic areas.

Companies and teleworking

  • Worker mobility needs to be limited as much as possible, remote work has to be enabled and flexible working hours encouraged.
  • 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 1 am.
  • Indoor capacity, suitably ventilated, is limited to 50%, and 100% on outdoor terraces.
  • There needs to be a safety distance of two metres between tables and a maximum of six people per table (except for cohabitees). 
  • 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 04/06/2021

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 1 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 1 am with 70% capacity, up to a maximum of 1,000 people.
  • 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.
  • For concerts and public shows held outdoors or in facilities with a capacity of more than 15,000 people, the maximum number of spectators allowed is 20% of that capacity.
  • Food and drink can be served in places offering performing arts, music and public shows
  • Limits on programmed activities are lifted. 
  • 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.

Last updated 07/06/2021

 

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 1 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.
  • Group activities in closed spaces must take place with suitable ventilation, a maximum of 10 people and the use of face masks. Where there is good ventilation or the activity is held in outdoor facilities, 70% capacity will be allowed.
  • 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

  • Face-to-face civic and community activities with groups of up to ten people or up to 70% capacity in well-ventilated areas.

Last updated 11/06/2021

Recreational activities

  • Capacity for parks, amusement parks and children’s leisure activities increases to 50%. Bar and restaurant services are allowed to open.
  • No time restrictions for children’s play areas in public parks. They 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.

Last updated 04/06/2021

Education

  • 100% attendance for infant schools, primary schools and compulsory secondary education is maintained.
  • Baccalaureate courses, vocational training courses and specially regulated teaching (music, dance, visual arts and design, performing arts, sports instruction and higher artistic education) go back to being completely in-person classes.
  • For 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 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.
  • 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 ten people (this limit does not apply to school bubbles).
  • Groups of ten people are allowed for non-regulated training.
  • 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.

 

Participation in associations

  • Gatherings of sports and cultural entities will be allowed with a capacity limit of 70% and a maximum of 500 people, or up to 1,000 with good ventilation and crowd control.

Last updated: 07/06/2021

 

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

  • 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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