On 27 March, the Catalan Government published Resolution SLT/845/2021 in the Official Journal of the Government of Catalonia (DOGC), extending all restrictions in force for shops, bars and restaurants until 10 April. So, the relaxation of rules introduced on Monday, 15 March will remain. That means non-essential shops and establishments in shopping centres can continue opening at weekends. In addition, large establishments can also open, provided they do not exceed 800 metres in area. But customer capacity is still limited to 30%. Here is a summary of the extended measures:
There are no changes to the restrictions for shops
The resolution new extension of all the measures referring to the commercial sector. That means non-essential shops and shopping centres can also open at weekends. In addition, large establishments can also open, provided they do not exceed 800 metres in area.
However, retailers are still limited to opening 30% of the capacity allowed by their licence or business authorisation and subject to the strict application of the hygiene, prevention and safety measures established to fight COVID-19 in the sectoral trade plan approved by government bodies under the PROCICAT action plan.
According to the new resolution, shops and commercial premises with a sales area of more than 800 square metres may continue to open, provided that they limit the space open to the public to this area only, and reduce customer capacity to 30% of the total permitted under the terms of their licence or authorisation of activity for this specific area.
Shopping centres: shops open, restaurants closed
The new resolution once again allows shops in shopping centres, galleries and precincts to open at weekends as well, provided they also comply with the following requirements:
- Customer capacity must be reduced to 30% of that officially permitted.
- Furthermore, customer-capacity and flow-control systems must be established to ensure effective crowd control measures. Access to and use of recreational areas such as children’s areas, playgrounds or rest areas must be restricted.
- Strict conditions regarding ventilation and air quality must be met.
- The measures set out in the corresponding sectoral plan approved by the Steering Committee of the PROCICAT Action Plan must always be strictly complied with.
The resolution stipulates that restaurants, cafés and bars located in shopping centres or shopping arcades must still remain closed.
Current measures for bars and restaurants maintained
Under the new resolution the measures for bars and restaurants have been extended. In other words, the hours for table service remain the same. The permitted opening hours are as follows:
- Table service in the establishment: between 07.30 am and 5 pm.
- Take-away food collecting: between 6 am and 10 pm.
- Home-delivery services: between 6 am and 11 pm.
Seating capacities have to be at 30% in indoor areas, which must always be well ventilated. There has to be a guaranteed and properly indicated minimum distance of two metres between customers at different tables or groups of tables. In the case of terraces, seating capacities may be at 100%, but there has to be a guaranteed and properly indicated minimum distance of two metres between customers at different tables or groups of tables. Food and drink must always be consumed at tables. The maximum number of customers per table or group of tables is four, unless they belong to the same bubble.
There has to be a guaranteed distance of one metre between people sitting at the same table, unless they belong to the same bubble. The type and size of table must permit these distances to be respected.
Hotels may provide a restaurant service exclusively for staying guests at supper time, in accordance with the opening hours established in section 6 of this Resolution.
It is important to remember that the resolution stipulates that restaurants, cafés and bars located in shopping centres or shopping arcades must still remain closed.