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Catalonia enters ‘New Normality’ from midnight – hours after Barcelona and Lleida entered Phase 3

The Catalan president Quim Torra has announced that Catalonia will be entering the ‘New Normality’ from midnight on Thursday – just hours after the whole region finally moved into Phase Three.

The city of Barcelona, its metropolitan areas (north and south) and the Lleida health region officially moved to Phase Three on Thursday morning after Spain’s central Health Ministry accepted a proposal put forth by the Catalan government on Wednesday evening.

From Thursday morning, all of Catalonia has been in Phase Three of the de-escalation plans. Travelling across all of Catalonia is permitted again for the first time since 14 March.

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Shortly after 1pm on Thursday, Quim Torra announced, ‘I have signed a decree ordering the end of Phase Three, designed by the Spanish government, and the entry into the Re-opening Phase, which will be regulated entirely by the Catalan government through PROCICAT, based on expert advice.’ 

The region of Galicia has been in the ‘New Normality’ since Monday 15 June.

A beachfront chiringuito in Barcelona during the relaxing of the lockdown restrictions. (Edu Bayer /

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We’ve published all the key rules and measures regarding the four phases of the government’s de-escalation plan in a separate report, together with the current ‘phase status’ for each region and province. The fully updated report can be found here: Lifting of lockdown in Spain – full details of all phases for all regions.

Please note: we are also currently preparing a separate report on the ‘New Normality’: what it is, what it means, and what measures are included. We will shortly post a link to the on-going report here.

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