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What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

County-level lockdown restored until April 19 at least

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09 April 2021 06:34 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

With key Covid-19 figures moving in a worrying direction, Catalonia has taken a step backwards in the de-escalation process of the measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

As of April 9, mobility restrictions will be tightened, with the county-level lockdown coming back into force until April 19 at least.

The additional measures that came into force for the Easter holiday have also now expired, meaning that people can gather in groups of a maximum of six once more, in all settings.  

As such, people are urged to limit social interactions and to avoid travel beyond their towns or cities of residence, as well as to work from home when possible. 

Face masks remain compulsory in public spaces, with very few exceptions including outdoor exercise. The regulations on face masks were tightened on April 7, 2021

These measures will be in place in Catalonia until at least April 19.

Last updated April 9, 2021, at 19:46

Measures in force until April 19

Bars and restaurants. Bars and restaurants can stay open from 7:30 am to 5 pm straight. Establishments can only accommodate 30% of their regular capacity indoors while there are no limits placed on outdoor seating. Inside, only up to four people can sit at each table, except for people from the same social bubble. Everyone must wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.  

Takeaway can be provided until 10 pm and delivery services until 11 pm, but dining areas must remain shut. Hotel restaurants, however, are allowed to serve their guests dinner. 

Mobility. A country-level lockdown is in force. Exceptions include health emergencies, commuting to and from work or school, care for dependent relatives, returning home for justified reasons, visits to financial or legal institutions, appointments in public administrations, going to demonstrations and school activities within one's school bubble. Here is a map of Catalonia's county borders. 

Closed borders. Catalonia's land borders remain shut, with exceptions for health emergencies, commuting to and from work or school, and to care for dependent relatives.

However, travel between Catalonia and Andorra is still allowed for residents of both places, but both respective governments urge people to keep activity and mobility to a minimum.

Curfew. People must remain home between 10 pm and 6 am except for justifiable reasons.

Gatherings. Groups of up to six people may meet up in any setting.   

Gyms and sports centers. Gyms and other sports facilities can open to 30% capacity. When in the open air, sporting activity is held at 50% capacity. 

Stores. Shops and shopping malls can open at 30% capacity. Large retailers can open only a maximum of 800 square metres of area of their store. 

Religious ceremonies. Including weddings or funerals, they have a 30% capacity limit with a maximum of 1,000 people, as long as there is sufficient ventilation and access is controlled, otherwise, the capacity remains at a maximum of 500 people. 

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. 

Theatres, cinemas, concert halls. Open at 50% capacity with at most 1,000 people, as long as there is sufficient ventilation and venue access is controlled, otherwise capacity must remain at 500. 

Museums, galleries, archives, and bookstores. Can open at 50% capacity and host cultural events.

Nightlife. Remains shut. 

Amusement parks, bingo halls, casinos. Can open at 30% capacity with at most 100 people. 

Post-obligatory education. Universities can resume in-person teaching at 30% of a classrooms' capacity, but some theory classes remain remote.

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

Leisure and after-school activities for children. All extra-curricular activities will be allowed from now on, as well as school sports, as long as safety measures are implemented.

Leisure activities for children from 3 to 12 are also permitted from February 22.

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

Sports training. Sports councils ('consells esportius') can run training sessions with more than 6 people since February 22 while sports competitions for under 16s can resume.

Public playgrounds. Open until 8 pm at 50% capacity only.  

24/7 stores. Must close by 9 pm. 

Gas stations. Food and beverages can no longer be consumed on-premises, including outdoor terraces.   

Community centers. In-person activities are cancelled, except for some essential social and educational services.

Parks and gardens. They must be closed by 8 pm. 

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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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