19th August 2022
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Ban on social gatherings of more than 6 people now in place in Catalonia

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A ban on social gatherings of more than six people has come into force across Catalonia today (Saturday), after being published in the Catalan Official Gazette (DOGC).

On Friday the Catalan High Court endorsed the decision made by the region’s civil protection authorities earlier in the week, in yet a further bid to combat the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The new ruling is a further attempt to strengthen measures ‘in order to break the community transmissions, avoid infections and avoid the spread of the infection’, the DOGC stated.

According to the health authorities in Catalonia, over 60% of new Coronavirus outbreaks are down to meetings between relatives and other social gatherings.

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A scene in the Avenida de Gaudí in Barcelona during the relaxing of lockdown restrictions in May, with the Sagrada Família in the background. (Edu Bayer)

Religious, cultural and educational activities are excluded from the new regulation, as well as public health procedures and transportation.

After-school activities and demonstrations are also unaffected by the ban, while libraries, museums and monuments, children’s parks, amusement parks, leisure and sports activities will continue operating following the plans and regulations already established.

On Tuesday, the Catalan public health secretary Josep Maria Argimon also said that from next week people in Catalonia who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will only be required to self-isolate for 10 days, and not the current 14 days.

ALSO READ: Catalan president Quim Torra advises against travelling to Madrid

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