Measures for Covid-19: no restrictions on social gatherings

Thanks to the improvement in the epidemiological situation, as from 10 September the restrictions limiting gatherings to a maximum of ten people will be lifted. The change to the protocol also sees the removal of limits on capacity at places of worship, previously 70%, and the introduction of greater flexibility for demonstrations, which no longer need to stay in the same location as long as a distance of 1.5 metres between participants is maintained. Unlimited mobility at night continues in the city of Barcelona, with the latest closing times for cultural activities and restaurants unchanged at 0.30 am. These measures will remain in place until 16 September.

10/09/2021 09:54 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Social gatherings

  • No restrictions apply to the number of people who may gather indoors or outdoors. However, the recommendation is for this number not to exceed ten people at the most.
  • Indoor gatherings should be avoided where possible, and visits to dependent people limited.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed outdoors, except in cases of school outings or recreational leisure activities.

Demonstrations and concentrations

  • As from 10 September, participants at demonstrations will be allowed to march, rather than having to remain in the same location.
  • A physical distance of 1.5 metres should be maintained between people.
  • Capacity should be controlled so that the volume of people means that the minimum distance between individuals can be ensured.
  • The recommendation is for the use of placards and other shared materials to be limited, and for other hygiene measures adopted such as the obligatory use of face masks and the use of hand sanitiser.

Closing times

  • Commercial, cultural and leisure activities must end or close at 0.30 am at the latest.
  • In the case of cultural activities, music, performing arts, popular and traditional events, an additional 30 minutes is allowed for people to leave.

No restrictions to mobility at night

  • As of 20 August, Barcelona is one of the municipalities where no curfew is in place.

Parks, beaches and public squares

  • Municipal councils are advised to limit access to parks, beaches and other outdoor public spaces between 0.30 am and 6 am, to avoid build-ups of people.

Use of 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 are shut.
  • Dancing is not allowed.
  • 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 0.30 am at the latest.


  • Capacity: 50% indoors and 100% for terraces.
  • Maximum of six people per table indoors and ten outdoors.
  • Distances of 2 metres between tables.
  • Face mask obligatory when not eating or drinking.


  • Opening times: 6 am to 10 pm. Convenience stores and other authorised establishments until 0.30 am.
  • Capacity 70%.
  • Non-sedentary markets and fairs limited to 70% capacity.


  • At facilities with an authorised capacity of more than 15,000 people, 20% of that capacity is allowed as long as independent sections are created for a maximum of up to 3,000 people (eateries, toilets and access points must also be independent), and measures implemented on circulation and controlled access to avoid build-ups of people. A declaration of compliance must be presented to the Ministry for Culture and the corresponding municipal council.
  • For all other activities, the maximum capacity continues to be 70% and 1,000 people in indoor spaces, and 3,000 people in outdoor spaces or places with extra ventilation.
  • Controlled access, control of crowding and the assignation of reserved seating are obligatory
  • Eateries in establishments is allowed, complying with the established measures for restaurants, including at concert venues, café concerts theatre concerts and restaurants with music.
  • All cultural activities outside the usual programme are permitted.
  • In all cases, audiences must be seated.
  • Cultural activities with people attending are allowed in archives, libraries, museums, exhibition venues, art galleries and visual creation centres, with capacity limited to 70%.
  • Popular and traditional culture activities must be in one place, with a perimeter, or in an enclosed space with spectators seated.
  • 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. Outdoor sports facilities with a capacity greater than 10,000 people can operate without exceeding 40% capacity. Indoor facilities in this category can operate with 30% capacity.
  • Professional LFP football league and ACB basketball league competitions: public allowed to attend.
  • Bar and restaurant services at sports venues allowed to operate.

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.

Education and leisure for children and young people

  • On-site study is allowed for all regulated study programmes.
  • Capacities at universities will be 70%.
  • End-of-year parties and graduation of non-university students: maximum of 500 people seated in outdoor spaces, or 250 people seated indoors.
  • 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

  • As from 10 September, restrictions affecting freedom of worship will be lifted. There are no limits on capacity in places of worship, but the recommendation is for proper ventilation to be maintained. Face masks are still obligatory indoors.

Congresses, 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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