No more capacity restrictions for most establishments from Friday
Almost all Covid-19 measures lifted on October 15
Almost all of Catalonia's remaining Covid-19 measures will be lifted on October 15.
Most notably, there will no longer be capacity restrictions in restaurants, cultural venues, outdoor sports facilities, universities, and fairs in Catalonia from Friday.
Restaurants will also recover their pre-pandemic opening times and will not have to maintain distances between tables. There will no longer have to be 10 people seated per table either.
Capacity limits will remain at 80% for indoor sports events and at 70% in nightclubs, where patrons are required to show their Covid passports in order to enter, as well as at indoor concerts where the audience is not seated - these events will also allow only up to 70% of the usual audience.
Catalan president Pere Aragonès announced the government's decision Tuesday evening, but stressed that the use of face masks remained "fundamental" in the fight against Covid-19.
"The vaccination campaign has allowed us to keep Covid-19 figures down," the president said. "But we still have not reached the end of the pandemic."
Civil Protection, or 'Procicat' in Catalan, has lowered the pandemic risk level from an emergency to an alert, Aragonès explained on Tuesday. This, he said, has allowed him to "make decisions" such as those made public on Tuesday.