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  • Map with the Catalan government proposal on lockdown easing phases from June 1

    Girona and Central Catalonia proposed to move to Phase 2

    ACN | Barcelona
    26 May 2020 10:54 AM

    Catalan government requests Barcelona health regions to be merged as Lleida asked to stay in Phase 1 after increase in transmissions

HIGHLIGHTS


Parliament speaker Roger Torrent during a Bureau meeting on February 11, 2020 (by Mariona Puig)

Health system professionals awarded golden Medal of Honor for Covid-19 efforts

Catalan parliament bureau unanimously recognizes their "extraordinary work"
A terrace on the first day of reopening in Castelldefels, May 25, 2020 (Àlex Recolons)

Catalonia advances cautiously in lockdown easing plan

Relatively little street activity as terraces return in Barcelona and exercise time slots removed...
Tourists strolling down La Rambla in Barcelona (ACN)

Quarantine for foreign arrivals lifted from July 1

Spanish government want to "gradually reactivate international tourism"

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POLITICS


Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, April 25, 2020 (by Mar Vila)

Mayor calls for Barcelona metropolitan area merger decision

Catalonia will propose to Spain that Greater Barcelona's three health regions merge from June 1...
Catalan president Quim Torra during conference call with Spanish president and regional heads, May 10, 2020 (by Rubén Moreno)

Torra warns of state of alarm opposition if Catalonia cannot decide future

Catalan president wants powers over key services such as healthcare to be returned to regional...
JxCat spokesperson Laura Borràs in Congress, May 20, 2020 (Congress)

Supreme Court to request that Congress lift pro-independence MP's immunity

Junts per Catalunya spokesperson Laura Borràs is accused of favoring a friend in a public...

SOCIETY


Coronavirus cases in Catalonia have been on the rise

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25
People walking on Llarga beach in Tarragona, May 24, 2020 (Mar Rovira)

More restrictions lifted on Barcelona beaches, while bathing allowed in Phase 2 areas

Strolls and exercise also allowed in the evening in the capital, but not sunbathing or...

BUSINESS


Some tourists sunbathing in Lloret de Mar in May 2019 (by Aleix Freixas)

International tourism to restart in July

Spanish president Pedro Sánchez assures there will be a holiday season this summer and...
A staff member disinfects a shirt on display in a clothes shop in Diagonal Mar shopping center (by Marta Casado Pla)

How shopping centers will reopen in Phase 2

Limited capacity, reinforced cleaning and disinfection, and intelligent technology put to use
Freight containers at the Barcelona port (by Lluis Sibils)

Catalan exports' upward trend halted due to Covid-19

International sales fell 13.2% in March, and totaled €5.570 billion

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25

The Catalan News guide to what you can do, where you can go, and when

Bar and restaurant terraces to reopen in Catalan capital and its metropolitan area

CULTURE


The Chemical Brothers during their performance at Sónar 2010 (by Sónar)

Sónar announces The Chemical Brothers for its 2021 edition

Electronic music duo the first act announced for next year’s comeback edition after 2020...
Writer Irene Solà in front of La Central bookstore in Barcelona on May 19, 2020 (by Pere Francesch)

Catalan writer Irene Solà wins 2020 EU Prize for Literature

Author is one of 13 awardees for 'Canto jo i la muntanya balla'

LIFE & STYLE


The Sagrada Familia, with its construction works halted due to the coronavirus crisis (by Pere Francesch)

Sagrada Familia works halted until ‘stable number’ of visitors can enter

The board of the illustrious cathedral has made 40% of its staff temporarily redundant
Lloret de Mar beach, one of the most popular areas for visitors in the summer (by Aleix Freixas)

Lloret de Mar to divide beach into sections for different groups

The hugely popular tourist town is preparing itself for the summer season and welcoming visitors...
The front of the iconic Sagrada Familia lit up in red lights for charity (photo courtesy of Sagrada Familia)

Catalan landmarks pay homage to #GivingTuesday

Sagrada Familia and Hospital Sant Pau join global initiative to raise awareness for community day

SPORTS


A staff member at the Aravell Golf & Country Club disinfects some of the equipment on the course (by Albert Lijarcio)

Golf courses and padel courts in Western Pyrenees welcome first returning players

Enhanced security measures see equipment regularly disinfected and access limited
Lionel Messi arrives at FC Barcelona's training ground to have a coronavirus test before the team returns to training (by Miguel Ruiz/FC Barcelona)

Tests controversy and a comeback driven by money: sport returning amid coronavirus

Professional athletes are slowly returning to training with much uncertainty on the immediate...

TECH & SCIENCE


Image courtesy of Facebook Engineering who are behind the project

Catalonia to connect with world's 2nd-longest fiber optic subsea cable

2Africa cable funded by Facebook and telecom companies is due to be operational by 2023
The head of pediatric intensive care at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Dr. Joan Balcells, May 15, 2020 (by Laura Fíguls)

Barcelona hospital performs heart transplant on recovered Covid-19 patient

Operation on teenager first of its kind in Catalonia and Spain

CATALAN TRIAL


Pro-independence activists Jordi Sànchez (right) and Jordi Cuixart arrive in the Supreme Court (by Roger Pi de Cabanyes)

Amnesty International again demands freedom for pro-independence activists

NGO believes Supreme Court ignored international human rights law by sentencing Jordi...
MEPs Toni Comín, Clara Ponsatí and Carles Puigdemont at the European parliament in Strasbourg, February 20, 2020 (by Natàlia Segura)

European parliament will examine immunity of exiled independence leaders 'with great serenity'

Chamber's president David Sassoli says procedure involving MEPs Puigdemont, Comín and...
Catalan leaders in prison (by Òmnium)

Constitutional Court accepts considering jailed independence leaders' appeals

Top judges to look into at least seven imprisoned officials’ cases in last step before their...