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What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

Nightlife sector allowed to reopen until 3:30 am from June 21

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18 June 2021 01:51 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Nightclubs and late-night bars will reopen until 3:30 am on June 21 for the first time in 15 months as authorities continue to ease Covid-19 restrictions. 

The 10-person cap on gatherings will be lifted on June 21, although larger groups of people are not advised to get together.

While Catalan health minister Josep Maria Argimon is in favor of lifting the outdoor mask mandate "in certain situations," their use remains compulsory, with very few exceptions including outdoor exercise. On June 18, however, Spanish president Pedro Sánchez announced that they would no longer be needed from June 26, although the cabinet is yet to formally approve this move.  

The easing of further restrictions could also depend on the impact of the Delta variant, which is expected to become dominant in Catalonia in "two to four weeks."

Authorities continue to urge people to limit their social interactions and travel beyond their towns or cities of residence as well as to work from home when possible. 

Last updated June 18, 2021, at 13:52

Measures in force from June 21

Bars, restaurants, and cafés. Can open from 6 am to 1 am.

Capacity is capped at 50% indoors, while there are no limits placed on outdoor seating. Up to 6 people will be allowed to sit together at the same table indoors or 10 outdoors except for larger groups of members of the same household, and everyone must wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.  

Bars and restaurants located inside shopping centers can open. 

Mobility. No mobility restrictions throughout Catalonia and regional borders open. 

Borders. Catalonia's land borders are open.

Travel between Catalonia and Andorra. Allowed for residents of both places, but both governments urge people to keep activity and mobility to a minimum.

Gatherings. There is no longer a cap on gatherings although authorities advise no more than 10 people to get together.  

Gyms and sports venues. Gyms and other sports facilities such as swimming pools can open at 70% capacity until 1 am. 

Face masks are compulsory if the activities are indoors and involve over 10 people. When outdoors, there is no obligation to wear face mask and more than 10 people can participate in activities. 

Sports venues will be able to open at 70% capacity with at most 1,000 people indoors or 3,000 outdoors or inside if the facilities are adequately ventilated. 

Venues with a capacity of over 15,000 attendees are allowed to accept 20% of their maximum capacity as long as there are separate sectors of under 3,000 people each and only if there is a plan to avoid crowds in the entries. 

Sports federation competitions are allowed.

Stores. Shops and shopping malls can open at 70% capacity from 6 am to 1 am, within the regular hours each store is usually allowed to operate. Large retailers no longer have caps on the maximum amount of space they can open. 

Religious and civil ceremonies. These include weddings and funerals, which can take place at 70% capacity with at most 1,000 to 3,000 people depending on how well-ventilated venues are. 

Remote work. Strongly advised by Catalan authorities, which companies should implement unless they are unable to do so.  

Public transportation. Including services such as buses, trains, and the subway, it will continue running as usual. 

Cultural venues. Open at 70% capacity with at most 1,000 people indoors or 3,000 outdoors or inside if the facilities are adequately ventilated.  

They must close by 1 am. 

Venues with a capacity of over 15,000 attendees are allowed to accept 20% of their maximum capacity as long as there are separate sectors of under 3,000 people each and only if there is a plan to avoid crowds in the entries. 

Bars or eating establishments in the venues are allowed to operate. 

Nightlife. Nightclubs and late bars can open until 3:30 am at 50% capacity indoors. 

People must provide their contact details for possible contact tracing purposes, which establishments will be able to keep in their records for a month.  

Groups of up to 6 people will be allowed indoors, while up to 10 people gatherings will be allowed outdoors. A 1.5-meter safety distance must be kept between different groups of people. 

Customers will be allowed onto the dancefloor as long as they are wearing face masks. 

Amusement parks, bingo halls, casinos. Can open at 70% capacity, up to 500 people indoors, and 1,000 outdoors and also indoors if the venue is ventilated properly.  

Post-obligatory education. In-person teaching at universities.

In-person classes for pre-university exam-year school students ('Batxillerat' courses) and vocational training courses ('Cicles Formatius') are also permitted.

Schools. Educational centers, including primary and secondary schools, remain open.

Leisure and after-school activities for children. All extra-curricular activities are allowed, as are school sports, as long as health and safety measures are in place.

School trips. Allowed since March 1 as long as students stay within their social bubble.

Public playgrounds. Can open at 50% capacity only. Cafés in venues can now operate. 

24/7 stores. Must close by 1 am. 

Community centers. Activities at 'equipaments cívics' are allowed to take place at 70% capacity if they are adequately ventilated. 

Picnics. Groups of people are now allowed to eat or drink in public spaces such as rest areas and picnic areas. 

Conventions and trade fairs can take place at 70% capacity and will no longer require authorization from the Procicat civil protection authority. 

'Festa major' local festivities. Can take place as long as each specific activity, such as concerts or meals, complies with applicable restrictions. 

Sports, cultural, or grassroots groups assemblies. Are allowed at 70% capacity with at most 1,000 people.

Smoking. Not permitted in public or in other outdoor spaces when 2-meter safety distances cannot be kept between people. Smoking is not allowed at outdoor events with over 1,000 people either. 

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  • A terrace in Tarragona, on the day bar and restaurant closures were announced, October 14, 2020 (Eloi Tost)

  • A terrace in Tarragona, on the day bar and restaurant closures were announced, October 14, 2020 (Eloi Tost)

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