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Barcelona moves into Phase 3: what this means

From Thursday, June 18, Barcelona jumps into Phase 3 before the state of emergency comes to an end on June 21

Written by
Marc Andreu

Phase 3 will only last for a few days for Barcelona and Lleida, who join in as the only health regions in Catalonia that were still in Phase 2 as of June 17. As of June 22, the whole of Spain is expected to be open to the so-called new normal. So what's different in this final phase?

Free movement is allowed between different health regions as long as they're all in Phase 3 as well.

Meeting family and friends
Private get-togethers can have up to 20 people in one place, both indoors and outdoors.

Bars and restaurants
Terraces get more space for tables, as they're allowed to move from 50 percent to 75 percent of their maximum capacity. Plus, bar service is permitted now as long as 1.5 metres of distance can be kept between customers. 

Shops can now open completely, as long as they limit their customers to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Those that are open must clean and disinfect surfaces at least twice a day.

Any venues with terraces can open them as indicated above, with 75 percent of their maximum capacity used. Nightclubs can reopen with 30 percent of their capacity admitted, but dancing is not allowed.

Cultural venues
Theatres, cinemas and auditoriums can reopen to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Any indoor performances can have up to 80 audience members, and outdoor performances can seat up to 800 spectators. 

Museums and libraries
Up to 50 percent of their maximum capacity can now enter at any given time, and cultural activities are back on the agenda at museums. As for libraries, in addition to open consultation spaces (which was allowed in Phase 2), studying at workspaces is now permitted as well.

Gyms and sport centres
In outdoor facilities, activities in groups of up to 20 people are permitted, as long as there is not physical contact and 50 percent of the maximum capacity is not exceeded. The use of changing rooms and showers allowed, and no longer are advance appointments necessary.

Wakes and funerals
In outdoor private or public spaces, a maximum of 50 guests are allowed at wakes and funerals; indoors that number decreases to 25 guests.

Hotels and accommodations
These establishments have been able to be open since Phase 2, but in Phase 3 they can reopen common areas, as long as they do not exceed 50 percent of their maximum capacity. As for group activities within hotels, they are allowed for a maximum of 20 people at a time.



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