What Covid-19 restrictions are in place and where
Here's a list of towns and counties under tighter rules than the rest of Catalonia
All across Catalonia, measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are in place, starting with the compulsory use of face masks and the closure of night clubs, as well as subsequent restrictions like the limitation of smoking in public and the curfew on restaurants.
But some towns and regions are currently under tighter rules due to health concerns.
In mid-July, fifteen municipalities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and much of the western Segrià and Noguera counties were placed under more strict measures. On August 22 additional restrictions were put in place for the city of Reus in the south of Catalonia, and from August 25, these measures were extended to three towns in the Vallès Oriental area, north of Barcelona. On September 14, health authorities extended the restrictions to Girona and Salt, in Northern Catalonia.
Take a look at this guide, last updated on September 16, 2020:
Where it applies
The measures apply to 3.24 million people in Catalonia, which means 42% of the country's inhabitants.
- Barcelona's metropolitan area (2.87 million people): Barcelona, l'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Montcada i Reixac, Viladecans, el Prat de Llobregat, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí, Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Just Desvern, Esplugues de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Badalona, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Gavà and Castelldefels.
- Noguera county (30,000 people): Àger, Albesa, Algerri, les Avellanes i Santa Linya, Balaguer, Bellcaire d'Urgell, Bellmunt d'Urgell, Camarasa, Castelló de Farfanya, Cubells, Ivars de Noguera, Menàrguens, Montgai, Os de Balaguer, Penelles, la Sentiu de Sió, Torrelameu, Térmens and Vallfogona de Balaguer.
- Baix Camp (104,000 people): Reus.
- Vallès Oriental (98,000 people): Canovelles, Granollers and les Franqueses del Vallès.
- Gironès (133,214 people): Girona and Salt.
Generally speaking, the public in these areas is advised to stay at home.
It is recommended that people only leave the house for the following reasons: to work, for health and care reasons, to buy essential food and drink, to go to the bank, for other purchases by appointment, to do sport outdoors, to look after allotments and for force majeure, as well as procedures that cannot be postponed, like exams, renewing ID and permits.
Meetings of over 10 people in both private and public are prohibited, except for work or on public transport.
Allowed but with restrictions
Bars and restaurants can open, but with a maximum capacity of 50%, both indoors and outdoors on terraces.
Hotels and tourist apartments are also allowed to operate, but with 50% capacity in communal areas.
Shops are recommended to only accept clients by appointment.
Places offering cultural events and shows, as well as establishments offering fun activities, sports centers, gyms and similar can only open up to 50% of their capacity.