Barcelona, a normally noisy, vibrant and lively city, is at a standstill.
Even for the people of Barcelona, the urban landscape is surprising and new. With the spring sun not seeing the traditional bar terraces full of life, not meeting anyone on the ramblas or seeing the Sagrada Familia without the thousands of tourists who visit it every day is a strange sight.
Monday May 25th Barcelona enters phase 1 of the lockdown. This phase will last 14 days and will be followed by phase 2 and 3, also 14 days long, before the expected return to normality.
The new rules for phase 1 are:
Bars and restaurants with terraces can reopen following some safety standards.
Stores less than 400 square meters, as well as larger stores that limit the accessible area to 400 square meters, can now open with restricted admission and safety rules.
Museums can reopen with significant security restrictions (30% capacity, disinfection, gloves, etc.), but at now none of the major museums announced reopening.
Several time zones organize exit authorizations. Certain hours are reserved for the elderly.
With the borders closed with no announced date for the reopening and the cancellation of the majority of flights and trains, it is currently practically impossible to reach Barcelona.
If despite all the practical and administrative difficulties a tourist manages to arrive at Barcelona he would be obliged to carry out a quarantine of 14 days in a private home or hotel, without authorization to leave it, being only allowed to go to grocery stores, banks or pharmacies.
The way back to normality is organized in stages, each stage lasting a minimum of 15 days.
Barcelona is still in phase 0.5 (preparatory stage) and will pass to phase 1 on Monday June 1st.
In the best of cases and if a new wave of contagion does not occur the return to a more or less normal situation in Barcelona is not expected before Monday July 6th.
Guided tours during the lockdown:
If you had planned to come to Barcelona but the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic prevented you from doing so or if you have plans to come to visit Barcelona when the borders reopen, we offer you the possibility of making virtual visits.
In complete safety, from your home, and thanks to a videoconferencing platform, one of our official Barcelona guides will guide you on this virtual tour and will introduce you to several emblematic monuments of Barcelona.
-> Sagrada Familia virtual visit
-> Virtual visit of two Gaudí's masterpieces : casa Mila (la Pedrera) and casa Batlló