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What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

Health pass needed in nightclubs and other indoor events with dance floors, as well as bars, restaurants, gyms, and care homes

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03 December 2021 03:40 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

In the face of worsening pandemic indicators over the past few weeks, Catalonia has begun to tighten Covid-19 measures. 

From December 3, Covid passes have to be shown to enter many establishments, including bars, restaurants, gyms, care homes, and nightclubs. Initially set for November 26, authorities delayed the restriction after many residents were unable to down their certificates from the La Meva Salut website and app. 

However, there are no capacity restrictions in restaurants, cultural venues, outdoor sports facilities, universities, and fairs. 

Other restrictions will remain in force in Catalonia until at least December 10, such as the ban on eating or drinking in public from 1 am to 6 am and the measure preventing the sale of alcohol in off-licenses between 10 pm and 6 am.

The Spain-wide face mask mandate in indoor places open to the public as well as outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be kept is expected to continue through the autumn and winter months. Masks must also be worn in schools by all children aged 6 and older.

Where Covid certificate is mandatory

A Covid certificate demonstrating proof of vaccination, recovery from the virus, or a recent negative test is required to enter bars, restaurants, gyms, nightclubs, care homes, or attend events in hotels and restaurants with indoor dance floors.

This measure has been in force for nightclubs since October, and for bars, restaurants, gyms, and care homes from December 3. 

Measures last updated December 3, 2021

Bars and restaurants. Covid passes are required to enter from December 3. No more capacity restrictions and pre-pandemic opening times are in place. Covid certificate needed for events with indoor dance floors.

Stores. All capacity restrictions are lifted and pre-pandemic opening times are in place.

Malls. All capacity restrictions are lifted and pre-pandemic opening times are in place. 

Access must be controlled at entry points, including parking lots.

Restaurant measures apply to those in shopping centers. 

Music festivals and concerts. If they take place indoors and attendees are not seated, capacity is set at 80% and patrons will have to show proof of a valid vaccination passport, a negative Covid-19 test, or a certificate of recovery.

Masks must be worn on the dance floor. 

Cultural activities. No capacity limits. Pre-pandemic opening times are in place.

Traditional festivities. Pre-pandemic activity times. Crowd control measures must be taken. 

Libraries, archives, museums, galleries, visual arts centers. No capacity limits. 

Venues must be adequately ventilated. 

Leisure and recreational activities. Amusement parks, fairs, and indoor play areas can open with no capacity limits. 

Pre-pandemic opening times. 

Casinos and bingo halls. No capacity restrictions. Pre-pandemic opening times. 

Nightlife sector. Patrons will have to show proof of a valid vaccination passport, a negative Covid-19 test, or a certificate of recovery.

80% capacity limit indoors.

People are allowed to dance on dance floors, without social distancing.

Masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.

Civil and religious ceremonies. Venues must be adequately ventilated.

If over 1,000 people attend, authorities recommend increased ventilation and entry control.

Sports venues and competitions. Gyms and other sports facilities can open at 100% capacity both indoors and outdoors. 

Pre-pandemic opening hours. 

Venues must be adequately ventilated, access must be controlled, and those who use the facility need to register and wear face masks except for when swimming.

Group activities can take place.

Education and educational activities. 100% in-person learning at pre-schools as well as primary, secondary, pre-university, trade schools, and universities. 

Extracurricular and leisure activities may take place.

Work and professional activities. Workers are advised to return to their places of employment gradually and to avoid returning all at once.

Face mask use is mandatory.

Fairs and trade shows. No capacity limits. Pre-pandemic opening times. 

Public transport. All lines must run at their usual frequency except for at night if there is a decrease in demand.

Face masks must be worn.

Alcohol and smoking. Sharing alcoholic beverages in public is not permitted.  

Smoking in public places or in outdoor spaces is not allowed when 2-meter distances cannot be kept between people.

Spectators cannot smoke in outdoor venues.

Hotels. Covid certificate needed for events with indoor dance floors.

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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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