We continue to work towards the new normal. Barcelona enters phase 2 today

Today, Barcelona and its metropolitan area, Lleida, Madrid and much of Castilla y León are entering phase 2 in the de-escalation towards the new normal. Likewise, more than half of Spain (all the provinces in phase 2 since May 25) are moving to phase 3, known as the advanced phase.

Which regions in Catalonia are in phase 2 and which are moving to phase 3?

Regions in PHASE 2:

  • Barcelona and its metropolitan areas
  • Lleida
  • Girona
  • Central Catalonia
  • Alt Penedès
  • Garraf

Regions in PHASE 3:

  • Alt Pirineu i Aran
  • Camp de Tarragona
  • Terres de l’Ebre

What activities are allowed in phase 2? What activities are allowed in phase 3?


  • Mobility must remain within the same province or healthcare region.
  • Gatherings in public spaces and homes may include up to 15 people.
  • Malls may reopen at up to 30% capacity in communal areas and 40% in shops.
  • Hotels may reopen their communal areas at 40% capacity.
  • Bars and restaurants may open up to 40% of their indoor tables.
  • Cultural facilities may reopen with a capacity of 30% of the public.
    • Indoor venues: shows may be held for fewer than 50 people.
    • Outdoor venues: with a maximum of 400 people in assigned seating.
  • The capacity of places of worship is increased to 50%, and burials may be held with 25 people outdoors and 15 indoors.
  • Weddings are allowed with a maximum of 100 guests with the venue at no more than 50% of capacity.
  • Swimming at beaches and pools is allowed at 30% capacity with extra disinfection measures.
  • Clubs and nightspots remain closed.


  • Time slots for walks and sports are eliminated, except for vulnerable persons.
  • Mobility must remain within the same province or healthcare region.
  • Communal areas of malls may reopen, and hotels and tourist accommodations may reopen at 50% capacity.
  • Tourist activities are allowed with groups of up to 30 people.
  • The limitations on bars and restaurants are relaxed, but “strict conditions” of separation among people must remain in place:
    • Outdoor terraces at 75% capacity.
    • Consumption at the bar only if the safety distance is guaranteed.
  • Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums may now reach 50% capacity.
  • Concert halls, clubs and nightspots may open at 33% capacity.
  • All urban and interurban public transport services may operate at 100%.
  • Social contact is allowed for persons who are not vulnerable and have no previous pathologies.

During these weeks of de-escalation, the healthcare resources are in place to deal with possible new outbreaks, and primary care has been reinforced to detect new cases and check them with testing. If the situation continues to improve as it has so far, Spain's state of alarm will end on June 21.

With the arrival of the “new normal”, and in view of the improved healthcare situation in both Spain and the rest of the European Union, the European Commission is recommending that the frontiers between countries reopen in July. This would allow citizens from regions in a similar epidemiological phase to enter, while always maintaining social distancing measures and requiring the use of masks.

This measure proposed by Brussels is upheld on the opinions of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and will once again allow for the free movement of people, which will relieve the EU's economy and the tourism sector in particular.

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