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  • 27-Jan-22: 'Covid passes not needed in restaurants'

    ACN | Barcelona
    27 January 2022 08:06 PM
    27-Jan-22: 'Covid passes not needed in restaurants'

    The updated pandemic restrictions coming into force tomorrow do not include the use of Covid passports in establishments, as authorities view their effectiveness reduced due to Omicron. Also being lifted are the capacity limits on restaurants, cultural venues, gyms, and religious ceremonies,...

HIGHLIGHTS


Former Spanish minister Rodolfo Martín Villa, right, shaking hands with Montserrat abbot Josep M. Soler in 2004 (Courtesy of Endesa)

Barcelona ordered to give award back to ex-minister investigated for crimes against humanity

High Court rules council cannot revoke 1976 decision to give Rodolfo Martín Villa city's gold medal
MP Pau Juvillà and parliament speaker Laura Borràs (by Rafa Garrido)

Speaker has five days to strip disqualified MP of seat or face 'legal consequences'

Electoral board issues warning after Parliament votes to appeal decision in Supreme Court
Mandatory EU Covid certificates to enter a bar in Catalonia on December 3, 2021 (by Aina Martí)

Use of Covid passports in bars to be scrapped from Thursday

Catalan government initially intended to extend their obligatory use to enter restaurants,...

COVID-19


A vaccination site in Gandesa on July 6, 2021 (courtesy of the health department)

Covid booster shot appointments now available for anyone over 18

Around 3 million – 4 in 10 residents in Catalonia – have already received an extra dose
Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

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POLITICS


Catalonia's foreign affairs minister Victòria Alsina (right) meets with European commissioner for cohesion and reforms, Elisa Ferreira, as well as representatives from the Balearic Islands, Rosario Sánchez, and Occitania, Nadie Pellefigue (image courtesy

Government member meets with EU commissioner for first time since 2017 referendum

Foreign minister Victòria Alsina discusses territorial cooperation with European cohesion and...
Parliament votes in favor of recognizing women accused of witchcraft as “victims of misogynistic persecution”

Parliament recognizes women convicted for witchcraft as “victims of misogynistic persecution”

Chamber urges government to "put right" historical memory of women murdered
Ciudadanos press conference in the European Parliament, Brussels, January 25, 2022 (by Natàlia Segura)

Ciudadanos complain to European parliament over Catalan government stance on Spanish in schools

Party accuses Spanish government of being "complicit" in Catalan executive's "disobediance" 

SOCIETY


Health workers protest outside Hospital del Mar, January 26, 2022 (by Eli Don)

Healthcare workers protest over poor conditions and ‘mismanagement’

Nurses gather at health department over precarious contracts, while Hospital del Mar staff say...
Spanish president Pedro Sánchez meets with Cardinal Juan José Omella, head of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, January 24, 2022 (Moncloa Pool)

Catholic Church admits it holds 1,000 properties in Spain it does not own

Church agrees with Spanish government to rectify situation after review of 35,000 estates...

BUSINESS


Workers in a warehouse in Bisbal del Penedès, November 2018 (by Gemma Sánchez)

Unemployment rate drops to lowest level in 13 years to reach 10.16%

Number of jobless falls almost 4 points in 2021, with 142,500 fewer people out of work
An oncologist looks at a machine to examine a tumor (image from Catalan Health Department)

Investment in health startups reaches record high of €238 million in 2021

Venture capital cited as main driver of increase, accounting for 79% of total financing
Partygoers photographed in a nightclub in June 2020 (by Eloi Tost)

Nightlife sector to get up to €20m in public aid, but will remain closed for now

Businesses still suffering due to Covid-19 restrictions although curfew lifted last week

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

Curfew in towns with high Covid rates, 10-person gatherings, and new capacity limits 

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose

CULTURE


Festival of lights, Llum BCN, returns to Poble Nou on February 4, 2022

A lit up cement mixer will inaugurate this year’s Llum BCN

Poblenou’s festival of lights to open longer hours between February 4-6 and will feature...
The interior garden of architect Ricardo Bofill's workshop, on January 26, 2022, during the tribute paid after his death (by Pere Francesch)

Thousands pay tribute to late architect Ricardo Bofill in his workshop

Visits open all night long on Wednesday until Thursday 6pm in Sant Just Desvern, outside Barcelona

LIFE & STYLE


The old 'Granja' bar in the historic underground shopping center, Avinguda de la Llum (image courtesy of Manuel Marina)

Ghost stations of Barcelona’s metro and the historic underground shopping center

The Catalan capital has various unused subway stops, while Avinguda de la Llum was once the most...
Image from a past edition of the Untasted Fest (image from Untasted)

Untasted beer festival comes to Barcelona in February

Celebration of local and international craft brews will be held in Estació de França train...
Elies Miró, president of Barcelona's pastry chefs association, with baked 'tortells de Reis', on January 3, 2022 (by Lourdes Casademont)

One million 'tortells de Reis' cakes ready to celebrate epiphany

Centuries-long January 6 tradition not stopped by Covid but desserts sold are smaller this year...

SPORTS


Journalists outside the FC Barcelona offices on March 1, 2021 (by Miquel Codolar)

FC Barcelona board denounces former governing team for alleged irregularities

President Joan Laporta to announce results of internal investigation on February 1
The Boí Taüll ski slope in the Catalan Pyrenees (by Anna Berga)

Spanish Olympic Committee urges 'unity' between Catalonia and Aragon for 2030 Olympic bid

Counties neighboring Catalan Pyrenees also demand to take part in spring vote over project

TECH & SCIENCE


Visitors at the entrance to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2019 (by Laura Pous)

Lenovo cancels its in-person participation at Mobile World Congress 2022

International event to be held in Barcelona from February 28 to March 3 despite Covid-19 situation
The 17-meter deep rainwater collection deposit beneath the Joan Miró park in the center of Barcelona (by Cillian Shields)

Rainwater collection deposits: massive hidden facilities that prevent Barcelona flooding

A control center monitors every single detail in Barcelona when it drizzles and pours, from...

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
Image from the civil war bomb shelter Refugi Antiaeri 232 in Plaça del Diamant in Gràcia (by Cillian Shields)

Barcelona’s civil war bomb shelters

Underground bunkers likely saved thousands of lives when the city was the first in the world to...

CATALAN TRIAL


Former Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in the Supreme Court during the Catalan Trial (image from Supreme Court)

Former parliament speaker’s appeal against sedition conviction rejected

Constitutional Court upholds Supreme Court verdict against Carme Forcadell, paving the way for...
Jordi Sànchez is applauded at the National Day protest on September 11, 2021 (by Sílvia Jardí)

Pardoned independence leader Sànchez takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Activist-turned-politician wants an "unequivocal correction" of his sentence and criticizes...