Catalonia to close all brothels over Covid-19 concerns
Health authorities order tougher restrictions for the southern town of Reus
The Catalan government has announced plans to close all brothels over concerns that prostitution could contribute to coronavirus outbreaks after weeks of high contagion rates.
The decision came following a petition by Spain’s minister for equality, Irene Montero, who sent a letter to all regional governments asking to take exceptional measures against prostitution businesses.
Catalonia’s health authorities also announced a string of new measures for the southern town of Reus, near Tarragona, such as a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.
The government is also limiting the capacity of indoor and outdoor spaces: 50% for interior and exterior of bars, 50% for cultural and sporting events, and 33% for ceremonies and religious sermons.