Catalonia allows bars and restaurants to stay open for longer

Catalonia allows bars and restaurants to stay open for longer
From Monday March 8th, people in Catalonia will be able to eat and drink in the region's restaurants, cafés and bars without interruption from 7:30am to 5pm.

The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday March 4th, where it was revealed that there will also be several other rule changes from Monday March 8th.

Currently, bars and restaurants in Catalonia can only open for breakfast between 7:30am and 10:30am and for lunch between 1pm and 4.30pm, but the new rules will allow for longer breakfast and lunch times, as well as meriendas and drinks.

The measure has been in place since December 21.

A 30 percent capacity will remain for restaurant interiors, while there is 100 percent capacity allowed on the terrazas. Four people will be allowed to sit at a table, but six will be allowed if they all live in the same household.

Evening meals will still not be prohibited however, so restaurants will continue offering takeaway services at night.

Other measures changing on March 8th include universities being allowed to return to in-person classes at a capacity of 30 percent.

Cultural and sporting activities will also be relaxed. Community centres will be allowed to resume activities for the over 60s, and children and teenagers will have less restrictions on the sporting and other leisure activities.

Changing rooms at gyms and sports centres will also be allowed to reopen. There will continue to be a 30 percent capacity limit at gyms and a maximum of six people wearing masks for group activities. There is also currently a 50 percent capacity limit for swimming pools.

Catalonia, like much of Spain, has recently been relaxing its Covid measures due to the steady drop in cases. On February 8th, bars and restaurants were allowed to open an extra hour for breakfast and lunch.

Shopping malls and stores bigger than 400 metres squared were also allowed to reopen from March 1st, Monday to Friday only, which had been forced to close since January 7th.


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