Measures for Covid-19: county lockdown lifted and some restrictions eased

As from Monday 26 April, freedom of movement will be allowed throughout Catalonia and some measures eased for commerce and hospitality in shopping centres, sports, education and leisure, religious acts and civil ceremonies. The measures will be in place until 2 May. (Information updated on 23 April).

22/04/2021 17:48 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Mobility, travel and social gatherings

  • Entering or leaving Catalonia is not permitted, except in medical emergencies, for work purposes, care of vulnerable people, return to one’s usual place of residence and other duly justified force majeure causes.
  • The curfew remains in place from 10 pm to 6 am, except in the same cases and for the acquisition of pharmaceutical products and the care of pets (4 am to 6 am).
  • As from 26 April, social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people, with no limit to bubble groups, providing meetings are in public places outdoors. In indoor public spaces, gatherings are restricted to four people. Gatherings of more than one bubble group inside private homes are not permitted.


  • Commuting should be reduced as much as possible, with priority given to teleworking and flexible working hours.


  • Capacity limited to 30%.
  • Commercial establishments can open all week.
  • As from 26 April, shops can open up their entire sales floor space.
  • Shopping centres can open, and as from 26 April so can on-site eateries. Recreational areas and children’s play areas must stay closed.
  • Establishments must close at 9 pm at the latest.
  • Temporary markets and fairs are allowed, with 30% capacity.


  • As from 26 April, sports facilities can open with 50% capacity. Changing rooms may open, with people requested to use them responsibly.
  • Indoor group sports activities can operate with 30%, while capacity at swimming pools is 50%.
  • Open-air sports are allowed with no limits on numbers.
  • No restrictions apply to federated sport. As from 26 April, spectators may only attend up to a capacity of 50% in outdoor and indoor facilities alike, except for national and international competitions.
  • These limitations do not affect sports technical perfection and performance centres and professional sports facilities.


  • People can consume food and drink at tables on the premises between 7.30 am and 5 pm.
  • Indoor capacity, suitably ventilated, is limited to 30%, and 100% for terraces.
  • Maximum of four people per table, except for stable bubble groups/households.
  • Distances of 2 metres between tables.
  • Takeaway services until 10 pm and home deliveries until 11 pm.


  • Theatres, cinemas, auditoriums, concert halls and circuses can open with 50% of their usual spectator capacity, up to a maximum of 500 people. This may be increased to 1,000 people, seated and with bookings, if the venue complies with extra ventilation and crowd control measures.
  • Libraries, museums, archives, exhibition venues and art galleries can open, with 50% capacity.
  • Special events such as galas, awards ceremonies and festivals can go ahead, with 50% capacity.
  • Popular culture and traditional activities are allowed outdoors, indoors and in defined spaces with perimeters, with 50% capacity. Spectators must be seated, with capacities to be established according to ventilation conditions, controls on access and mobility for the activity.
  • Venues to close at 10 pm at the latest, with spectators allowed to return home after that time.
  • Community facilities can hold on-site outdoor activities for the over-60s, in groups no larger than six people.

Education and leisure for children and young people

  • On-site courses at universities are allowed, with a maximum of 30% of students on site at any one time. This percentage applies to all universities.
  • As from 26 April, face-to-face studies in post-compulsory education are allowed (baccalaureate, further and higher education courses)
  • Extra-curricular and educational leisure activities can resume for infant and primary school pupils, in groups of six children at the most, respecting the established measures and prioritising outdoor activity.
  • Educational recreation activities for young children and young people suspended.
  • School outings allowed beyond county boundaries and including overnight stays, respecting school bubble groups.
  • As from 26 April, leisure centres and indoor children’s parks can re-open with 30% capacity. Bar and restaurant services on the premises must stay closed.

Religious and civil ceremonies

  • As from 26 April, venues can host capacities of 50%, up to a maximum of 500 people. In open-air spaces complying with extra ventilation this can rise to 1,000 people (without exceeding 50% capacity) providing extra ventilation, air quality and access measures are met.

Gambling activities

  • Amusement arcades, casinos and bingo halls may open with capacity limited to 30%, up to a maximum of 100 people and ensuring the minimum established ventilation. If certain other conditions are met on ventilation and air quality and guarantees on measures to avoid clusters of people, these establishments may open respecting the capacity of 30% and up to a maximum of 250 people.

Public transport

  • Service levels remain at 100%, including rush hours between 6 am and 9 am on working days.

Parks and gardens

  • Parks and children’s play areas are closed from 8 pm to 7 am, and capacity is limited to 50%.

Congresses, conventions, trade fairs and local festivals

  • On-site activities suspended.

Nightlife venues

  • Nightlife venues are closed.

Amusment parks and fairs

  • These remain closed.

Health and prevention measures

Suitable health and prevention measures must continue to be adopted in all spaces and for all activities, with safety distances between people guaranteed.

Full information in the DOGC.


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