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What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

From September 23, bars and restaurants can open until 1 am and outdoor areas in clubs until 3 am

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23 September 2021 06:26 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The 1 am to 6 am curfew was removed on August 27 after being in place in parts of Catalonia for over a month and the 10-person cap on gatherings was lifted on September 10.

Yet, a ban on activities open to the public from 12.30 am across the country is still in operation – including nightlife and culture events until September 22.

From midnight on Wednesday, going into Thursday, September 23 this changed, with bars and restaurants among other activities allowed to serve customers until 1 am and outdoor areas in clubs and other late-night venues allowed to open until 3 am. Indoor areas must still remain shut.

Face masks are no longer obligatory outdoors from June 26, as long as the safety distances can been kept, although they continue to be mandatory in indoor places open to the public. 

Authorities continue to urge people to limit social interactions, use face masks at all times and to work from home when possible. 

Measures last updated September 23, 2021 

Measures in force from September 23

Curfew. Not in operation anywhere from August 27, meaning there is no restriction to be outdoors at any time of the day. 

Bars, restaurants, and cafés. Can open from 6 am to 1 am, with an extra half an hour to evacuate the venue. 

Capacity is capped at 50% indoors, while there are no limits placed on outdoor seating. Up to 6 people are 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. 

Gatherings. No restriction in place.

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

Borders. Catalonia's land borders are open. Also, the sea and air ones, but with entry restrictions.

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

Gyms and sports venues. Gyms and other sports facilities such as swimming pools can open at 70% capacity until 1.00 am, taking into account their regular permitted opening times. 

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 4,000 outdoors or inside if the facilities are adequately ventilated. 

Yet, venues with a capacity of over 10,000 attendees are allowed to accept 30% of their maximum capacity indoors, and 40% of their capacity outdoors, as long as there are separate sectors of under 4,000 people each and only if there is a plan to avoid crowds in the entries. 

Large indoor venues can accept up to 4,000 attendees as long as they are adequately ventilated. 

Sports federation competitions are allowed until 1 am, and later if considered "unique" - but in this case they would have to be held without public. 

Stores. Shops and shopping malls can open at 70% capacity from 6 am to 10 pm, 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. The time limit does not affect those stores selling basic goods. 

Religious and civil ceremonies. These include weddings and funerals, which can take place with no capacity limits, but A 1.5-meter safety distance between individuals must be kept. For events with more than 1,000 people, improved ventilation and crowd control measures are recommended.

Remote work. Strongly advised by Catalan authorities, which companies should implement unless they are unable to do so. Yet, firms are also recommended to progressively return to in-person work. 

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 4,000 outdoors or 3,000 inside if the facilities are adequately ventilated.  

They must close by 1 am at all times, with an extra half an hour to evacuate the venue. 

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

Nightlife. Nightclubs, late bars and dancefloors can open until 3 am, but only their outdoor areas. Indoors they must remain closed. 

Capacity is limited to the amount of people who fit taking into account they need a space of 2.5 m2 each.

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 10 people will be allowed. A 1.5-meter safety distance must be kept between different groups of people, excluding bubbles. 

Dancing on the dancefloor is not allowed. 

Beaches, parks and other similar public spaces. The government recommends local councils to close all public spaces that tend to host crowds at night, from 12.30 am to 6 am, such as beaches, parks and certain squares. 

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. They can open until 1.00 am. 

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.

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

24/7 stores. Must close by 1.00 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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