Society 09/12/2021

Covid pass required for bars and restaurants at least until 23 December

High Court supports extension of the measure, which also restricts access to nightclubs, gyms and nursing homes

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First day passport Covid

BarcelonaCatalonia's High Court has endorsed the fifteen-day extension to the measure restricting access to bars and restaurants –except outdoors–, nightclubs, gyms and care homes for the elderly to covid pass holders. It will also be required to enter theatres, cinemas, auditoriums or circuses when there is dancing or catering inside. This measure will be in force at least until Thursday 23 December, just before Christmas.

The spokeswoman for the Government, Patrícia Plaja, announced on Tuesday this tool of epidemiological control would be maintained at least 15 days to try to curb the increase in infections in recent weeks. On possible new restrictions to minimise the impact of the sixth wave, the Secretary of Public Health, Carmen Cabezas, has simply said that the Catalan Government assesses the epidemiological situation "day by day" and that, at the moment, "it is stabilising the use" of the passport covid. "At the moment the important thing is to use it in the best possible way," he added.

A side effect of this restriction is a slight upturn in first and second doses administered, which are necessary to be able to download the covid pass, although most are due to the third injections among the over-60s. Currently, 76.9% of the Catalan population have been vaccinated, 3.8% more than in October, when the measure was first applied to nightclubs.