Covid-19: information for shops, bars, cafés and restaurants

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Measures to help the local economy

Tax suspension and deferral

  • Creation of a COVID-19 Crisis Assistance and Advice Tax Office.

  The Tax Office will provide tailored plans for both businesses and individuals, with more flexible deadlines for the payment and processing of municipal taxes. In procedures involving municipal taxes, the deadline for paying, appealing against or requesting refunds has been extended for the duration of the state of emergency. Administrative and expiry and limitation periods for tax purposes are thus suspended in accordance with Royal Decree 463/2020.


  • Exemption from waste collection fees

Shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, self-employed individuals and businesses that are unable to open to the public during the state of emergency decreed by the Government will not be charged the commercial and industrial waste collection fee. As the said fee is collected between 1 October and 1 December, the amount of the exemption will be deducted when the notification is issued this October.


  • Low Emission Zone penalty period postponed

The LEZ remains in force but, in view of the exceptional situation and in accordance with the health authorities’ recommendations with the common goal of restricting the spread of COVID-19, from 1 April the penalties will not be applied as has been the case since the LEZ came into operation on 1 January.


  • Easier loading and unloading

Professional loading and unloading for the purpose of supplying markets and supermarkets will also be permitted during the day. There are thus special stopping conditions in force so that food distribution vehicles supplying markets and supermarkets in the city can stop near the establishments they are supplying, with similar conditions to those applicable for standard night unloading operations. In addition, they will not be penalised for using the blue and green parking zones in the city. This means that there will be no penalties for failure to comply with time restrictions.

Measures affecting the bar, café and restaurant industry

  • Pavement tax refund

Pavement tax will be refunded to all establishments that are unable to use public spaces for the days they have been unable to operate during the state of emergency. If the tax has not yet been paid, they will receive a pro rata reduction. In addition, deadlines for payment, which had been set for April (non-direct debit payments) and June (direct debit payments), are now extended until July, and deferrals of payment and payment by instalments will be made available, without a surcharge, to all those businesses that request it. In the second phase, the possibility of making changes to licences in order to enable bar, café and restaurant owners to adjust the rate to their actual activity in 2020 will be considered.


  • Deferral of payment of the "tourist tax"

Payment of the Tax on Stays in Tourist Establishments (IEET) has been deferred until September 2020 in order to support the tourism sector, in accordance with the measure announced as part of the Generalitat de Catalunya's package of economic measures.

Measures and aid from other government bodies

In addition to the measures put in place by Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya has given the green light to a second decree of urgent measures to combat the possible effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on various areas affecting the Catalan economy. You can consult them here

  • Aid for self-employed individuals

The government has made available aid of up to €2,000 for self-employed individuals working in industries that have been ordered to close due to the coronavirus crisis and who, in addition, can prove that they have suffered a serious and involuntary reduction in turnover. In order to be eligible for this assistance, they must prove financial losses in March 2020 as compared with last year. In the case of workers who have been registered under the Special Scheme for Self-Employed Workers for less than a year, the reference used will be the average monthly turnover from the date of registration. Payments under this scheme will be awarded until the limit of €7.5 million endowed for this purpose has been reached.


  • Tax Holiday

A deferral of payment deadlines for self-assessment and payment of all of the Generalitat de Catalunya’s own and central government taxes until the end of the state of emergency ordered by the Spanish government on 14 March. In addition, the Spanish government has also approved a decree with a number of actions and aid measures, which are available here. Their aim is to support business activity and, in particular, the groups and industries most directly affected by COVID-19 .

  • Self-employed individuals and SMEs

In order to avoid potential cash flow problems for self-employed individuals and SMEs, the payment of taxes can now be deferred over a period of six months, with an interest rate reduction, on request. In addition, a specific finance facility of €400 million has been made available through Instituto de Crédito Oficial in order to meet the liquidity needs of both businesses and self-employed individuals in the tourism sector and in related activities affected by the current situation. Businesses that have received loans from the General Secretariat of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises can defer their repayment..


  • Social security discounts for permanent seasonal contracts

The social security discounts for permanent seasonal contracts concluded between February and June in the tourism, trade and hospitality sectors linked to tourism have been extended.