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Most public services back to normal

Metro services and municipal centres, as well as public spaces, are returning to normal this morning, Friday, 18 August, except in the area affected by the terrorist attack round Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla, where travel by public and private transport will continue to be affected. Medical and social emergency services have attended to 95 people and found alternative accommodation for thirteen.

Metro services and municipal centres, as well as public spaces, are returning to normal this morning, Friday, 18 August, except in the area affected by the terrorist attack round Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla, where travel by public and private transport will continue to be affected. Medical and social emergency services have attended to 95 people and found alternative accommodation for thirteen.

Nearly all the public services affected by the attack on La Rambla are working again today, the security protocol permitting. The municipal Basic Emergency Plan for incidents with multiple victims remains on alert.

Public transport

The metro, Rodalies and FGC train services will be operating normally this morning, except for the Catalunya and Liceu stations, which will be closed between 9 am and 1 pm. The Paral·lel, Sant Antoni and Universitat stations, which were closed for security reasons, are now open.

Traffic

Traffic restrictions in the vicinity of Plaça de Catalunya will remain in place from 9 am until after the minute’s silence at 12 pm in the city’s central square to express condemnation and mourning. Pedestrians will be able to move around freely.

Public facilities and events

Some public buildings within the security perimeter set up around La Rambla will also stay closed. These include La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, the Boqueria market and the CEM Frontón Colom sports centre. They will not open today, pending the lifting of the safety and security measures imposed.

Festive activities organised by the City Council for this weekend, such as those planned at the Gràcia Festival, are still suspended as well and, given three days of official mourning have been declared in the city, the weekend programme of street events may also be subject to alterations. During the day there will be a public announcement regarding the programme for the Sants Festival, which was due to start this weekend.

Municipal Emergency Centre

The Municipal Emergency Centre (CUESB), which went into action yesterday to attend to victims, their relatives and witnesses to the events, first at the scene and later from the CUESB headquarters, has so far treated 95 people.

Their situations varied: relatives of those killed and injured; people who were confused and had no way of returning to their hotels or apartments or, because of the attack, were unable to go back to their own country or the cities where they are staying.

A total of 13 people were put up at the CUESB, which is still working with the police (Mossos d’Esquadra and Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona), the Institute of Legal Medicine, the Red Cross and the Medical Emergencies System (SEM).