MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19 IN BARCELONA
The Generalitat is the competent authority for the adoption, suppression, modification and execution of measures to prevent contagion by covid-19. With the new Territorial Plan for Civil Protection of Catalonia (PROCICAT), in the metropolitan area, the municipalities in the metropolitan area of Barcelona are working together with the Generalitat to contain the regrowth. In this framework, the Barcelona City Council is playing a key role in managing the health and economic crisis.
Limitation on the entry and exit of people
- You cannot enter or leave Catalonia, except for justified reasons.
- Mobility is allowed outside the county for the coexistence bubble, which must be justified with the self-responsible travel certificate. Here you can download it online or in print (PDF). For the rest of the cases, the county confinement is maintained. The Barcelonès region includes Barcelona, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Badalona and Sant Adrià de Besòs.
- You can prove that you are a cohabitation bubble with a document that justifies that you live in the same home, such as the DNI or the cohabitation flyer of the Barcelona Municipal Register. If you have the electronic certificate or the mobile IdCAT, you can get the cohabitation flyer directly here opens in a new window. You can also request it by calling 010 or in person at the citizen service offices (by appointment opens in a new window).
- People who have to travel due to force majeure must carry a self-responsible travel certificate. Here you can download it online opens it in a new window or print opens in a new window. Opens in a new window (PDF).
- Job mobility is only allowed when teleworking is not possible.
- Easter: from March 26 to April 9 The perimeter closure of all the autonomous communities will be maintained, as well as the night confinement and the limitation of the meetings of groups of people in public or private spaces.
Here are the exceptions to the entry and exit restrictions:
- Assistance to health and social centres.
- Fulfilment of professional obligations that cannot be developed through distance work or telework.
- Attendance at university and educational centres, including preschools.
- Return to the usual place of residence.
- Care for the elderly, minors, dependents or people with disabilities.
- Collect and care for minors in the case of separated parents, divorced or residing in different places.
- Travel to financial institutions for procedures that cannot be done electronically.
- Actions before the judicial bodies cannot be done by telematic means.
- Renewals of official documentation that cannot be done by electronic means.
- Carrying out official examinations or tests that cannot be postponed.
- Exercise of the right to demonstrate and participate in politics.
- Attendance at official and professional sports competitions.
- Development of educational activities and educational leisure.
- Other causes of force majeure.
The circulation of vehicles is allowed for authorized trips and for the transport of goods.
- It is not possible to drive on the street between 22.00 and 6.00, except for justified reasons.
- It is allowed to return home from the schools, from the cultural activities allowed and after collecting food in the restaurants.
- People who have to travel due to force majeure must carry a certificate of self-responsibility. Here you can download the certificate online opens it in a new window or print opens in a new window. Opens in a new window (PDF).
- It is recommended that travel outside the home be limited as much as possible, as well as traffic on public roads.
Here are the other exceptions night mobility restrictions:
- Emergency health care and purchase of pharmaceuticals, as well as urgent veterinary care.
- Round trip to work and travel for work reasons only when distance work or telework is not possible (company certificate required).
- Inalienable care of the elderly, minors, dependent or disabled people and the displacement of these people, duly justified.
- Collect and care for minors in case of separated parents, divorced or residing in different places. Travel of professionals and volunteers for essential services, health and social (accreditation required).
- Urgent action before judicial bodies.
- Return to your usual home after doing any of these permitted activities.
- Take the dog for a walk from 4.00 to 6.00.
- Other causes of force majeure.
The circulation of vehicles is allowed for authorized trips and for the transport of goods.
Limitation of social gatherings
- Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people (unless they are cohabitants) of two cohabitation bubbles.
- It is recommended to restrict as much as possible family and social meetings or gatherings that take place indoors, including homes. It is also recommended that these meetings be limited to visits to dependent or vulnerable people and that they always be from the same coexistence bubble.
- When meetings are held in public spaces, food and beverages are not allowed.
- It is forbidden to smoke on public roads as long as a distance of two meters between people cannot be maintained.
- People who have symptoms of covid-19 or who have to be isolated or quarantined for any reason cannot participate.
- It is recommended that contacts be limited to people who are part of the usual cohabitation group, which may include close relatives, caregivers and people who are supported to avoid isolation.
- In social gatherings, it is necessary to continue maintaining the essential measures of distancing, hygiene and protection through the mask.
Business and telework
- The mobility of working people must be limited as much as possible, distance work must be implemented and flexible working hours must be encouraged.
- Where this is not possible, measures must be taken to ensure that the minimum interpersonal safety distance is maintained or that adequate protective equipment is provided at the level of risk. In addition, appropriate cleaning and disinfection measures must be taken at each centre.
- The use of the mask is mandatory in the work environment when the workspace is for public use.
- The face-to-face holding of congresses, conventions and trade fairs is suspended.
Hospitality and catering
- Bars and restaurants can be opened non-stop from 07:30 until 17:00.
- Interior capacity of 30%, with adequate ventilation, and 100% on the terraces.
- With a distance of two meters between tables and a maximum of four people per table (except for bubble groups).
- Consumption should always be done at the table.
- Diners must wear a mask at all times and can only take it off at the time of eating or drinking.
- Takeaway food can be served between 06:00 and 22:00, in the same establishment, and until 23:00, in the case of home delivery.
- Bars and restaurants located in shopping malls must close.
- Hotel restaurants can also serve dinner until 22:00, exclusively for those staying there.
Trade and consumption
- Retail, shopping establishments of up to 800 m2 and shopping malls can open every day of the week, including non-essential products, with a capacity of 30%.
- Opening hours are from 6 am to 9 pm, except for essential activities.
- Stores of more than 800 m2 can be opened by limiting the sales area to 800 m2 and with a capacity of 30%.
- The restoration of shopping malls remains closed.
- Aesthetic centres and hairdressers open by appointment, as well as activities that involve close personal contact.
- The libraries can be opened from Monday to Saturday, regardless of the area they have.
Cultural activities and facilities
- Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, circuses and concert halls, open with 50% of the capacity and a maximum of 500 people.
- It will be possible to expand the capacity to a maximum of 1,000 people, seated, with prior registration and without exceeding the capacity of 50%, if the conditions of reinforced ventilation are met and control of the agglomerations is established.
- End the limitation of activities in ordinary programming.
- Museums, libraries, archives, exhibition halls, art galleries and centres of creation and visual arts, open with a capacity of 50%. Resumption of cultural activities with the same capacity.
- The holding of galas, awards ceremonies and festivals is permitted.
- Closing at 10 pm; return is allowed after 22.00 hours.
- Gyms and indoor sports facilities with a capacity of 30%. Group activities without a limit of six people and with a mask. If there is no adequate ventilation, the limit of six people with a mask is maintained.
- The changing rooms are reopened, with adequate ventilation and preference for pool users.
- The capacity of the indoor pools is increased to 50%.
- Facilities, sports facilities and outdoor swimming pools are kept open, with a capacity of 50%
- It is not possible to do civic and community activities in person, but there are exhibitions with a capacity of 50%.
- Socio-educational intervention and educational leisure activities for children, adolescents and youth support programs are excluded, as well as social and personal intervention activities (social dining rooms, hairdressing or podiatry).
- Permitted activities outdoors (physical and memory training) for people over 60 years, with groups of six or less.
- The activities of children’s homes, playgroups, study rooms, playgrounds and dens and facilities for young people are suspended, as well as those for facilities for the elderly.
Leisure and recreational activities
- Closure of parks, amusement fairs and private children’s leisure activities in enclosed spaces.
- Children’s play areas in public parks with an occupancy rate of 50% (can be used until 8 pm).
- Resumption of popular and traditional cultural activities, as long as they are static, in perimeter or enclosed spaces, with the audience seated and the same capacity limitations as cultural activities.
- The face-to-face celebration of major festivities is suspended.
- Reopening of gambling halls, casinos and bingo halls with a capacity of 30% and a maximum of one hundred people, if the established minimum ventilation is guaranteed.
- If they have reinforced ventilation systems, the maximum is extended to 250 people (if the 30% capacity limit is not exceeded). Bar and restaurant services cannot be opened.
- 100% attendance in compulsory infant, primary and secondary education is maintained.
- In high school, vocational training and regulated special education (music, dance, visual arts and design, performing arts, sports education and higher artistic education), adult training centres and official language schools is reduced. face-to-face attendance of students.
- In universities, the progressive recovery of face-to-face activity up to a maximum of 30% of the students in the centres. Each university will decide in which courses, subjects and how it is organized. Internships and assessments may remain face-to-face.
- Extracurricular, leisure and sports activities aimed at students in Infant and Primary Education, ESO, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training are authorized in groups of up to six people (with the exception of those maintained by stable groups in the classrooms).
- Authorizing colonies and educational leisure trips outside the region. Overnight stay is allowed if the bubble group in the classrooms is maintained.
- Part-time activity in music and dance schools authorized by the Department of Education.
- The consumption of food and drinks in the open air is allowed on school trips and in socio-educational and educational leisure activities.
- School transport can be maintained in accordance with the sectoral plans approved by PROCICAT and applying prevention and protection measures.
- Reception activities are maintained as long as they aim to facilitate the reconciliation of families.
- The opening to the public of discos, dance halls and party rooms with a show is suspended, as well as all musical activities with dance floors.
Religious acts and civil ceremonies
- Capacity is limited to 30%, with a maximum of 500 people.
- It will be possible to expand the capacity to a maximum of 1,000 people, without exceeding the capacity of 30%, if the measures of reinforced ventilation, air quality and control of agglomerations are met.
The draft Decree Law 30/2020Decree Law 30/2020Decree law 30/2020. Opens in a new window, of 4 August, approved by the Government, establishes three types of offences for non-compliance with health prevention and containment measures to deal with the health crisis caused by covid-19 and its respective sanctions.
This decree also regulates infringements of the new measures restricting night mobility and the closing hours of commercial, cultural and sports activities.
- Minor infractions
Infringements will be categorized as minor as long as they pose a risk of infection for up to 15 people.
Failure to use the mask or improper use is considered a minor offence, punishable by a fine of 100 euros.
The shared consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads and in other spaces open to the public that do not have the corresponding activity license is considered a minor infraction, punishable by a fine of 500 to 3,000 euros.
Minor infractions may be fined up to 3,000 euros.
- Serious offences
Infringements will be categorized as serious as long as they pose a risk of infection for more than 15 people and up to 150 people.
Serious infractions are considered: non-compliance with the capacity limits in enclosed spaces or outdoors, non-compliance with opening and closing times for the various types of establishments and activities, and non-compliance with the measures of hygiene and prevention adopted by the competent authorities.
The holding of events or the performance of activities that have been expressly prohibited is also considered a serious infraction.
Fines for serious infractions will range from 3,001 to 60,000 euros.
- Very serious infractions
Serious infractions will be categorized as very serious as long as they pose a risk of infection for more than 150 people.
Other actions that are considered very serious infractions are the repeated non-compliance with the duty of home insulation agreed by the competent authorities, by people who have tested positive for covid-19, and the repeated non-compliance with the protocols, plans or instructions received from the competent authorities.
Very serious infractions can be sanctioned with a fine of between 60,001 and 600,000 euros.