Measures to combat Covid-19 in Barcelona
Given the surge in the number of cases of COVID-19, the Spanish government has declared a state of emergency (ES) so that Spain’s regional governments can adopt the necessary measures for containing the pandemic.
In this context, the Government of Catalonia has initiated a plan for resuming activities, agreed with the various sectors.
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.
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.
Christmas and New Year
Family and social gatherings
- These are limited to a maximum of 10 people, including young children, from two different households or bubbles. The recommendation is for the two households or bubbles always to be the same ones.
- Contact with people you do not have regular contact with should be avoided, for instance friends or relatives who live far away.
- People are advised to keep journeys to a minimum and only travel within the local area.
Safety measures for gatherings and meals
- Maintain physical distance.
- Hand hygiene.
- Wear a face mask at all times when not eating or drinking.
- Ventilate rooms during and after gatherings.
- Open-air spaces or large rooms are the best option.
- No sharing of utensils.
- Aim to converse in a calm tone of voice.
- If you smoke, keep your distance from others, and if possible do so outside.
- Take extra care in the seven days preceding gatherings.
- Stay at home if you have symptoms, have received a positive diagnosis, or have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
How late can I stay out?
- On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: curfew starts at 1.30 am.
- Twelfth Night: curfew starts at 11 pm.
- All other days: curfew is from 10 pm to 6 am.
Bars and restaurants
- On 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January: maximum occupancy will be 6 people per table or group of tables.
- Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: open until 1 am.
- All other days: open from 6 am to 9.30 pm. Maximum of 4 people per table, with 2 metres between tables.
- Occupancy must be adjusted in accordance with the rules applicable at each stage.
- Twelfth Night: shops can open until 10 pm.
- Try to do your shopping in advance to avoid crowding.
- Use local shops where possible.
Visits with relatives living in care homes
- Residents in care homes will be able to leave to go to family gatherings on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December, and on 1, 5 and 6 January.
- We recommend attending local places of worship, and where possible to attend online services.
- Limits on capacity will be maintained in line with stipulations for each stage: 30% in stages 1 and 2 and 50% in stage 3.
Last updated 03/11/2020
Gradual resumption of activities
We are in phase one of the progressive opening of activities
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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.