Two days ago, the Barcelona Local Government in coordination with the Government of Spain, announced a lockdown that applies to the whole of Catalonia.
This article will explain exactly what this means and how it will affect you if you are in Barcelona. These measures have been put into place to stop the spreading of the virus and to protect, above all, the most at-risk populations.
The following measure have been implemented immediately as of 14 March for two weeks:
- Public transport will be operating only one third of services.
- The following establishments will be closed immediately:
- large shopping centres, gyms, leisure centres, ski slopes and other establishments that do not offer basic services or serve food
- bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other catering facilities
- libraries and museums in Catalonia
- All hunting expeditions are suspended.
- Wakes for individuals who have died from COVID-19 are suspended.
- With regard to social services:
- all public social services and centres are closed
- all activities at occupational centres are closed
- all visits to Meeting Point Technical Services are suspended
- All individuals located in Barcelona are advised to stay indoors unless necessary (see information below regarding confinement).
The Barcelona Zoo, Park Güell and the Gaudí House Museum, the Tibidabo Theme Park, Casa Battló and La Pedrera, Barcelona’s 184 parks and gardens, the Sagrada Familia , all museums, art centres and libraries have been closed. Schools and universities are also closed.
You will find the following establishments, among others, currently open in Barcelona. However, the local government advises only to leave the house if necessary:
- Public health services, such as hospitals, health centres and pharmacies
- Basic social services
- Waste collection and cleaning services
- The Barcelona Urban Guard
- Public transport (adapted metro and bus service)
- Cemeteries and funeral services
- Civil, Properly and Commercial Registries
- Water, electricity and gas supplies are guaranteed
Also open are shops/supermarkets that sell food and drinks, pharmacies, doctor’s surgeries, opticians and shops that sell orthopaedic products and hygiene products, hairdressers, newsagents, petrol stations, tobacconists, IT and telecommunications equipment stores, pet food stores, internet, telephone and postal service, and laundry services.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions with answers from the Local Government of Catalonia. (The document in Spanish can be found here.)
What does “lockdown” mean?
- You can only leave the house to buy essentials.
- Maintain the safety distance of 1.5–2 metres with other people when you do leave the house.
- Avoid visiting friends and family unless they are dependent on your care.
- Postpone medical visits and other appointments unless urgent.
Who should I call if I need help?
For information call 012, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 call 061. Please remember, call 112 only in the case of emergency.
We imagine that more information will become available in the upcoming days. We recommend you check travel advice from your country’s foreign office regarding travel to high-risk areas and with airlines before travelling.