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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 May, 24

In force until May, 24

  • Social gatherings of up to 6 people, without bubble groups limitations

  • No curfew. Freedom of movement outdoors at night

  • Freedom of movement between autonomous regions, without household bubbles limitations

  • Shops and shopping centres, open until 10 pm

  • Bars and restaurants, open from 7.30 am to 11 pm, in shopping centres too

  • Gyms and swimming pools, at 50% user capacities

End of the Catalonia perimetral lockdown

  • Freedom of movement between autonomous regions.

Last updated 09/05/2021

End of the curfew

  • Freedom of movement outdoors at night.

Last updated  09/05/2021


Limiting social gatherings

  • Meetings and social and family gatherings, indoors or outdoors, are limited to a maximum of six 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.
  • 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 11 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.
  • Bars and restaurants in shopping centres may reopen, with the same opening times as the rest of the sector.

Last updated 09/05/2021

Commerce and consumption

  • Commerce is authorised to open without any limit on surface area, at 30% capacity.
  • Opening hours are from 6 am to 10 pm (except for essential activities).
  • Convenience stores can stay open until 11 pm.
  • Bars and restaurants in shopping centres may reopen, with the same opening times as the rest of the sector (from 7:30 am to 11 pm).
  • Beauty centres and hairdressers may open, with services by appointment, along with activities that involve close personal contact.

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 11 pm 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.

Last updated 09/05/2021

Sports activities

  • Indoor and gpen-air gyms, sports facilities and swimming pools are working at 50% capacity. They can open to the public from 6 am to 11 pm.
  • Appointments must be made for indoor facilities.
  • Face masks must be worn and suitable ventilation provided for indoor group activities. 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.


Civic facilities

  • Capacities at community centres increased to 50%, provided they are well-ventilated.
  • 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.

Last updated 09/05/2021

Recreational activities

  • Reopening of amusement parks and fairs at 30% capacity and with catering services.
  • Reopening of children’s play areas, with a 30% capacity and no catering services.
  • No time restrictions for children’s play areas in public parks. They work at 50% capacity.
  • 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 09/05/2021


  • 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 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

  • Capacity of 50%, with a maximum of 500 individuals.
  • The capacity may extend to 1,000 individuals, without exceeding the 50% limits, provided extra ventilation, air-quality and crowd-control measures are complied with.

Last updated 09/05/2021


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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