Barcelona joines other cities who eased their Covid measures

As of this week, city of Barcelona joined other European cities with loosened measures regarding the pandemic. The attendance capacities are increasing to 70% at cultural venues and 50% in commercial establishments. Bars and restaurants can open earlier, at 6 am.

Entering and leaving Catalonia is allowed, and the curfew will also be lifted.

People are still recommended to limit labour mobility as much as possible and to prioritise teleworking and flexible working hours.

Commercial establishments and shopping centres can open throughout the week, with no limits according to floor space.

Indoor capacity, suitably ventilated, is limited to 30%, and 100% for terraces.

Theatres, cinemas, auditoriums, concert halls and circuses can open with 70% of their usual spectator capacity, up to a maximum of 1,000 people. This may be increased to 3,000 people, seated and with bookings, if the venue complies with extra ventilation and crowd control measures.

Libraries, museums, archives, exhibition venues and art galleries can open, with 50% capacity.

Special events such as galas, awards ceremonies and festivals can go ahead, with 50% capacity.

Popular culture and traditional activities are allowed outdoors, indoors and in defined spaces with perimeters, with 50% capacity. Spectators must be seated, with capacities to be established according to ventilation conditions, controls on access and mobility for the activity.

Sports facilities can open with 50% capacity. Changing rooms may open, with people requested to use them responsibly.

Indoor group sports activities can operate with 30%, while capacity at swimming pools is 50%.

No restrictions apply to federated sport. Spectators may only attend up to a capacity of 50% in outdoor and indoor facilities alike, except for national and international competitions.

As from 24 May, the maximum number of people able to attend sports events rises to 1,000 people indoors and 3,000 outdoors.

Capacities at universities are 50%.

Extra-curricular and educational leisure activities are allowed in groups of six infants at the most, respecting the established measures and prioritising outdoor activity. As from 24 May, groups of ten children are allowed for extra-curricular and educational leisure activities.

School outings allowed beyond county boundaries and including overnight stays, respecting school bubble groups.

Leisure centres and indoor children’s parks can re-open with 30% capacity.

Amusement arcades, casinos and bingo halls may open with capacity limited to 30%, up to a maximum of 100 people and ensuring the minimum established ventilation. If certain other conditions are met on ventilation and air quality and guarantees on measures to avoid clusters of people, these establishments may open respecting the capacity of 30% and up to a maximum of 250 people.

Service levels remain at 100%, including rush hours between 6 am and 9 am on working days. The metro service operates from 5 am to midnight.

Suitable health and prevention measures such as the use of face masks and guaranteeing physical distancing must continue to be adopted in all spaces and for all activities. The City Police will be working to ensure compliance with the current measures, with fines where they are not observed.

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