Measures against Covid-19: indoor nightlife closed

Given the increase in cases of Covid-19, nightlife venues are to close from Friday 9 July, except for establishments with outdoor spaces, and with closing times brought forward to 3 am. Face masks are recommended outdoors, although they are not obligatory where it is possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between people who do not live in the same household. For events attended by over 500 people without being seated, a negative Covid-19 test or full vaccination certificate must be presented. These measures will remain in place until 23 July.

08/07/2021 15:57 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Use of face masks

Despite the easing of measures on face masks, their use is still recommended outdoors and they are still obligatory in the following cases:

  • On public transport in enclosed spaces. This includes stations and platforms.
  • In public indoor spaces such as libraries and other facilities.
  • In indoor spaces used by the public such as shopping centres.
  • Workers and visitors to elderly people’s homes must wear a face mask, except at centres where 80% of residents have been fully vaccinated.


  • As from 9 July, indoor-only nightlife venues will be shut.
  • Establishments with outdoor spaces such as terraces can open with controlled access and a register of people accessing the premises, keeping indoor spaces open only for access to other outdoor spaces or the toilets.
  • Groups of 10 people maximum and distancing of 1.5 metres between groups.
  • Closing time 3 am at the latest.

Large events

  • Events with over 500 people standing up outdoors must have an events plan which guarantees that attendees have produced a negative lateral flow or PCR test carried out a maximum of 12 hours before accessing the premises, with the exception of those who are fully vaccinated. In the latter case, these people must present the corresponding certificate.

Social gatherings

  • The recommendation is not to exceed groups of 10 people from different households.
  • Eating and drinking allowed in spaces such as picnic spots and rest areas.


  • Opening times: from 6 am to 1 am.
  • Capacity: 50% indoors and 100% for terraces.
  • Maximum of six people per table indoors and ten outdoors.
  • Distances of 2 metres between tables.


  • Opening times: 6 am to 10 pm. Convenience stores and other authorised establishments until 1 am
  • Capacity 70%.
  • Non-sedentary markets and fairs limited to 70% capacity.


  • Theatres, cinemas, auditoriums, libraries, museums, archives, art galleries, concert halls and circuses can open with 70% of their capacity, up to a maximum of 1,000 people indoors and 3,000 outside and in spaces with extra ventilation.
  • Special events such as galas, awards ceremonies and festivals can go ahead, with a capacity of 70%.
  • Cultural venues with a capacity for more than 15,000 people can hold events using 20% of that capacity.
  • Closing time of 1 am.
  • Food and drink can be served at venues offering performing arts, music events and public shows.
  • Community centres: capacity of 70% in well-ventilated spaces.
  • Popular culture and traditional activities: 70% capacity. Dancing allowed in conditioned spaces at festivals, with face masks to be worn.
  • Local festivals, celebrations and other popular festivals are allowed, providing there is no crowding and limits on capacity are respected.


  • Sports facilities and swimming pools: 70% capacity and controlled access.
  • Indoor and outdoor group sports activities can operate with 70%, capacity.
  • Federated sport competitions: public allowed to attend, with 70% capacity and a maximum number of spectators of 1,000 indoors and 3,000 outdoors. Sports facilities with a capacity greater than 15,000 people can operate, without exceeding 20% capacity.
  • Professional LFP football league and SCB basketball league competitions: public allowed to attend.
  • Bar and restaurants services at sports venues allowed to operate.
  • Facilities to close at 1 am at the latest.

Gambling activities

  • Amusement arcades, casinos and bingo halls may open with capacity limited to 70%, up to a maximum of 500 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors.
  • Groups of 10 people maximum and distancing of 2 metres between groups.
  • Closing time 1 am at the latest.

Education and leisure for children and young people

  • On-site study is allowed for all regulated study programmes.
  • Capacities at universities will be 50%.
  • End-of-year parties and graduation of non-university students: maximum of 500 people seated in outdoor spaces.
  • University graduations: capacity of 70% and a maximum of 1,000 people indoors and 3,000 people outdoors.
  • Extra-curricular and educational leisure activities are allowed in groups of infants, primary, secondary, baccalaureate and training cycles, as well as inclusive leisure cycles.
  • Non-regulated on-site training: groups of 10 people.
  • Leisure centres and indoor children’s parks: with 50% capacity. Bar and restaurant services on these premises are allowed to operate.

Religious and civil ceremonies

  • Capacities will be 70% and a maximum of 1,000 people inside and 3,000 people outside, or in indoor spaces with extra ventilation.

Congresses, conventions, trade fairs and local festivals

  • Conventions and trade fair activities allowed with a capacity of 70% and a maximum of 1,000 people indoors and 3,000 people outdoors or indoor spaces with extra ventilation.

Amusment parks and fairs

  • Parks, amusement parks and leisure activities: 50% capacity and restaurant services allowed.

Full information in the DOGC.


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