Events with indoor dance floors in hotels and restaurants to require Covid certificate

Some banquets and social gatherings will have same restriction as nightclubs

People on the dance floor in Shoko, a nightclub in Barcelona (by Marta Casado Pla)
People on the dance floor in Shoko, a nightclub in Barcelona (by Marta Casado Pla) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 3, 2021 12:32 PM

Events with dance floors indoors at hotels and restaurants will require the EU Covid certificate to access.

The Catalan government approved expanding the use of the pass on Wednesday, affecting banquets and social events in dining places, which join nightclubs in the obligation to show proof of Covid vaccination, recovery, or testing.

The cabinet's civil protection emergency committee, Procicat, made the decision but is pending judicial go-ahead, as the Catalan high court must greenlight any use of the Covid-19 certificate in Catalonia's social life before it is implemented.  

The government stated on October 24 that the use of the EU Covid certificate would be expanded to restaurants, cultural venues and gyms if the pandemic situation worsened. So far, an "uptick" in the indicators has been detected, with slight increases in the incidence rates and the outbreak risk indicators, but without any significant impact in hospitals. 

On Wednesday, the authority in charge of the measures to keep the pandemic under control also extended the rest of the other restrictions in force for two more weeks from November 5. 

Check out the current Covid rules in operation in this article

Catalonia eased most of the regulations in October, but some are still mandatory, such as the ban to eat and drink in the street from 1 am to 6 am and the prohibition for off-license shops to sell alcohol from 10 pm to 6 am. 

General rules such as having to wear face masks in indoor spaces open to the public and in public transport are still in force, and are expected to continue through the whole autumn and winter seasons.