Travel in Barcelona within the context of the preventive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19

In the last few days, citizens have been sending us queries in relation to the preventive travel-related measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. We have tried to answer them below:

Travel-related measures

In order to reduce the risk of new outbreaks, travel outside the home and journeys on public highways should be limited, adhering to the individual and collective protection measures.

From 15 July 2021, you will be able to check mobility-related measures via the following link . All travel along public roads between 1 am and 6 am will be strictly prohibited, with mobility exceptions.

Use of public transport

Public transport will maintain 100% service levels, even if there is less demand. Reductions may only be made to services operating at night. The rush-hour service must be maintained between 6 am and 9 am on working days. From 26 June 2021, rail transport in the metropolitan area will be offering a special night service on Fridays and Saturdays and on the eve of public holidays.

From 26 June 2021, the use of face masks will be obligatory for anyone over 6 years of age in busy public spaces, enclosed spaces and anywhere where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres (in accordance with the Health regulations: Royal Decree Law 13/2021 of 24 June).

Respect the physical safety distance of 1.5 metres, both in enclosed spaces and outdoors, with people from outside your household, even if they are family members or friends.

Avoid busy places where social distancing is difficult to maintain and where crowding may occur.

Further information

 

From 26 June 2021, the use of face masks will be obligatory for anyone over 6 years of age in busy public spaces, enclosed spaces and anywhere where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres (in accordance with the Health regulations: Royal Decree Law 13/2021 of 24 June).

Respect the physical safety distance of 1.5 metres, both in enclosed spaces and outdoors, with people from outside your household, even if they are family members or friends.

Avoid busy places where social distancing is difficult to maintain and where crowding may occur.

The use of face masks on public transport is compulsory.

From Thursday 23 April, Bicing service is operational againafterbeing closed for a few weeks at the request of the health authorities, in line with the preventive measures by the various health administrations.

Users have to follow a series of hygiene and protection measures. The service is re-opening with 57 new stations, added to the network to provide greater geographical coverage and better service.

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As from 25 May, fines will once again be issued for unpaid parking in regulated parking areas. Once we enter Stage 1, compliance with parking regulations will be monitored again and, at the same time, new environmental AREA rates will come into force which take account of environmental labels when determining parking fees on public streets.

The new environmental rates include criteria established by the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) to assess the level of pollution of vehicles parked in Blue or Green Areas used by non-residents:

  • Zero-emission vehicles will be able to park for free in Blue Areas for the maximum time stipulated. As for residents, everyone awarded a 20-cent discount for good driving before 31 December 2019 will continue to benefit from this discount throughout 2020.
  • Blue Areas will also be regulated during the midday time slot between 2 pm and 4 pm. In addition, improper use of the service will result in a penalty and the complaint-cancellation fee will be reviewed, rising from 7 euros to 9 euros.
  • Bus Zone AREA rates for public-street coach stops and parking are being revised. The increase will apply to A blue places and B blue places alike, and in both cases coaches with an Eco label will receive a 100% discount.
  • Rates are rising for Park Güell's logistics platform (18 euros for 90 minutes) and BSM parking places at the Barcelona Nord, Moll d’Espanya and Garcia Fària Bus Stations, with different daytime and night-time rates.

Although the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone (LEZ) has been in effect since becoming operational on 1 January, the health emergency modified the introduction of the penalty period for the LEZ, originally scheduled for 1 April.

However, as the state of emergency is on the point of ending, the AMB, the five city councils making up the Barcelona Ring Road LEZ and the Catalan Government are reactivating its implementation, in order to avoid a return to pre-Covid-19 pollution levels and to try to prevent illnesses associated with poor air quality-

Therefore, the LEZ penalty system, originally scheduled for 1 April and postponed because of Covid-19, comes into force on 15 September this year.

The financial threshold is being extended for low-income self-employed people, in order to include them in the moratorium if they have a car or motorbike. This exemption will last until April 2021, in response to the socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis

The moratorium is being extended for vans, lorries and coaches that do not have an environmental label: vans have an additional 3 months, until April 2021, lorries have 12 more months, until January 2022, and buses and coaches have 18 more months, until 1 July 2022.

Road transport is also operating at 100% in the vast majority of cases, with specific adaptations to demand in some cases:

– The TMB bus lines are all now running at 100%.

- The AMB-operated Bus Metropolità is now operating its usual service. The Nitbus service remains at 100% service level.

– The bus lines managed by the Directorate-General for Transportation and Mobility (Direcció General de Transports i Mobilitat) are running on average at 80%, each being adapted to their specific level of demand.

– The AMTU-operated urban bus lines will continue to provide a variable service depending on the municipality, with overall levels between 80% and 100%.

Since 4 May 2020 it has been mandatory for passengers to wear face masks on public transport.

As from the weekend of 26 and 27 June 2021, normal service has resumed on the public transport night service.

Further information

The NitBus continues to run at 100%.

If you have to travel, we recommend you go on foot, by sustainable vehicle (bicycle, scooter, electric vehicle) or by public transport.

Public transport in Barcelona and its metropolitan area is operating 100% service levels while maximising its vehicle hygiene and cleaning protocols. When travelling on public transport, it is important that you follow the hygiene advice, such as washing your hands. Face masks must be worn.

Workplace owners must provide their workers with the necessary worktime flexibility so they can avoid having to use public transport at peak times.

Barcelona City Council has implemented several measures to encourage safe, sustainable travel in a new public space.

This is a good option.We strongly recommend that you do so by bicycle given that you will be travelling on your own and not creating any pollution. 

Barcelona City Council is expanding cycling lanes by 21 km distributed along some ten new sections.

In accordance with the preventive measures for halting the spread of Covid-19 and limiting public travel, the monthly or quarterly changes of street sides for parking vehicles, established in various parts of the city, remain suspended.

In other words, the change of street sides originally planned for 1 April, 1 May and 1 June have been cancelled. From 1 July, the change of streets side starts again.

The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) metro network is operating 100% service levels.

From 26 June 2021, night services will resume on Fridays and Saturdays and on the eve of public holidays.

The use of face masks on public transport is compulsory.

 

At the moment, the metro service, FGC, TRAM and Rodalies de Catalunya are offering 100% service levels.

The health authorities have established that all the seats on public vehicles can now be occupied, and this means the public transport network is back to its full capacity. In addition, the use of face masks on public transport continues to be mandatory.

Taxis

Occupation of taxis with up to 9 seats limited to a maximum of 6 people, including the driver, and the front passenger seat must remain empty. Therefore, in 5-seater vehicles, the maximum capacity is 4, including the driver. In vehicles with 7 to 9 seats, the maximum capacity is 6, including the driver.

 

 

All public transport operators have increased their cleaning and disinfection protocols on all trains, carriages and vehicles as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Extra cleaning and disinfection services are being carried out both on vehicles and in transport spaces, with special care in all contact areas: rails, door-opening mechanisms, ticket-validation machines, vending machines and so on.

To favour the renewal of air on the railway, bus and tram networks, the forced ventilation system has been optimised. They are also being ventilated by the constant opening of doors and cooling ducts, where virucidal treatments are being applied.

Free hand sanitiser gel dispensers have also been installed at the main metro and train stations and on board buses.