November 30, 2020

Curfew hours and exceptions in Catalonia

The curfew announced by the Generalitat this Sunday, after the declaration of a state of alarm by the central government, prohibits all citizens from going out into the street between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as of this night. The measure, however, contains some exceptions. This is the summary of the restrictions that go into effect.

The Government announces that the curfew in Catalonia will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Government announces that the curfew in Catalonia will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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1. What municipalities does it affect?

To all of Catalonia, without exceptions.

2. What hours is the curfew?

From 10pm to 6am.

3. Can I enter or leave my municipality or my neighborhood during the day?

Yes. At the moment there are no general restrictions on mobility during the hours when the curfew is not in effect. However, the Generalitat recommends not leaving home except for what is essential, limiting social activity as much as possible and whenever possible teleworking.

4. What time do shops close?

All venues must close at 9pm, with the exception of cultural shows, which will close at 10pm.

5. If I am coming back from a cultural show and it is later than 10pm, will I be fined?

No. If you return from a cultural show, you will have until 11pm to arrive at your home. You will need to keep the show ticket to show it to the police if required.

6. Will the bars and restaurants be closed?

Yes. They will only be open to pick up food or order it at home.

7. Can I order food at home for dinner?

The restaurants and bars that offer this service may only do so until 10pm.

8. What do I do if I enter or leave work while the curfew is in effect?

You must fill out a certificate -attached to the end of this article- and bring proof of your work.

9. What are the exceptions to going outside during curfew?

Apart from the aforementioned trips to and from work, they also include trips for health reasons or to go to the pharmacy, to urgently care for the elderly, minors and dependents. It will also be allowed to be on the street during restricted hours for emergency actions before judicial powers, if you return home when you are returning from a trip or if it is a displacement of health personnel or duly accredited volunteers. An exception is also established from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. so that citizens who require it can walk their pet near their home.

In all these cases it is recommended to fill in the document that appears at the end of this article and carry it with you when you go out.

10. Will I be fined if I am on the street without justification after curfew?

They could sanction him with a fine ranging from 300 to 6,000 euros, as pointed out this Sunday morning by the Minister of the Interior, Miquel Sàmper. Both the minister and the chief commissioner of the Mossos, however, have clarified that the objective of the restrictions is not collection. Possible sanctions will apply from Monday.

11. Can I meet people on the street or at home?

Although the recommendation is to reduce social interactions as much as possible, meetings in public and private spaces of up to a maximum of six people are still allowed, as long as they are not held between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The Government insists, however, that meetings are not held with people with whom one does not live.

12. Will children be able to continue going to school?

Yes, except for those who are confined by a positive in their class, primary, secondary and high school students will continue with face-to-face classes. The closure of schools is the last measure that the Government wants to take in case of worsening the pandemic.

13. What about extracurricular activities?

In principle, all extracurricular activities are maintained, including sports training, despite the suspension of competitions during the weekend.

14. Is the university still open?

Only face-to-face activity for seminars, practices and laboratory sessions will be maintained from this Thursday. Theoretical classes become telematic.

15. What about concerts, cinemas and theaters?

Restrictions of 50% of the capacity are imposed in cinemas, theaters and other cultural events, which can only be attended if the ticket has been previously purchased online. All cultural establishments must close at 10pm.

16. Are museums and libraries closed?

No. These spaces will remain open with the limitations they already had.

17. What about gyms and sports?

In gyms the capacity is limited to 50% and the previous appointment is fixed. Outdoor sport is still allowed, but it is preferable to practice it individually or with the usual group.


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