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What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

Most restrictions eased from October 15

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15 October 2021 10:08 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Almost all of Catalonia's remaining Covid-19 measures will be lifted on October 15 following Civil Protection's decision to lower the pandemic risk level from an emergency to an alert.

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. 

"The vaccination campaign has allowed us to keep Covid-19 figures down," Catalan president Pere Aragonès said on October 12. "But we still have not reached the end of the pandemic."

The use of face masks remains "fundamental" in the fight against Covid-19. 

Measures last updated October 15, 2021

Measures in force from October 15

Bars and restaurants. No more capacity restrictions and pre-pandemic opening times are in place. 

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 70% 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.

70% 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 80% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors. 

Pre-pandemic open times. 

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.

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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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