Covid-19 measures extended to Figueres, Vilafant, and Sant Feliu de Llobregat
Similar restrictions already in place in Barcelona and other areas
In an attempt to curb the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the Catalan government is extending the measures already in place in the Barcelona metro area and parts of Segrià and Noguera counties to three other municipalities: Figueres and Vilafant, in northern Catalonia, and Sant Feliu de Llobregat, not far from Barcelona.
These measures are backed by Civil Protection and have been approved by courts but are yet to be published in the official Catalan gazette (DOGC).
Gatherings of over 10 people in both public and private settings will be banned, including at weddings, religious services, celebrations, and funerals and people are advised to stay home unless essential in order to receive medical assistance, go to work, or to buy basic goods such as food.
There will also be 50% capacity limits at bars and restaurants and stores are advised to make sure they do not get overly crowded while also heightening other health and safety measures such as frequent cleaning.
As in other parts of Catalonia where further measures have been put in place, restrictions will also see cinemas and theaters close, among other cultural venues open to the public, but museums, libraries, and children's summer camps can remain open.
Other places, like playgrounds, nightclubs, or gyms will also have to close.
Cultural activities, such as concerts, in all municipalities with new Covid-19 restrictions will require authorization from Civil Protection to go ahead. In addition to this, Civil Protection has decided to keep open-air markets open to the public but calls on local councils to regulate opening hours at bars to ensure they close at night.