In Barcelona, one of the most visited cities in Europe, the Catalan authorities have urged people to stay at home and not to gather in groups of more than 10. The regional health chief, Alba Verges , did not meet the mandatory restrictions on July 17, but instead warned that residents would not “move if not absolutely necessary.”
Nearly four million people are affected by the move, where restaurants will have to limit capacity to 50 percent of the usual amount. Residents are urged to shop online and cultural and sporting events will also be limited; but the museums will remain open for the time being. Residents have also been urged not to flee to second homes for a period expected to last around two weeks.
Catalonia recorded more than 1,200 cases in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday, according to figures released by the regional health department – 894 of them in the Barcelona metropolitan area. There were 944 cases reported on Sunday.
For now, there are no plans to impose similar restrictions on the rest of the countryy – news likely to appeal to 400,000 Britons with second homes in Spain or those desperate to visit some of the country’s 240,000 British expatriates.
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