Sunday, August 14

Catalonia approves the use of the COVID passport for bars, restaurants and gyms

The Generalitat de Catalunya has announced that it is expanding the use of the COVID-19 certificate beyond nightlife and that it will begin to require it in hospitality establishments, gyms and residences for the elderly. Before its entry into force, scheduled for Friday, the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia must rule.

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The Government, and especially the Department of Health, had been considering for weeks how to extend the use of the certificate. Minister Josep Maria Argimon has previously made it clear that they would prioritize the use of this accreditation in the face of new time and capacity restrictions in this sixth wave of COVID-19 and that they were going to do so before the December bridge.

Catalonia is currently one of the autonomous communities with the highest incidence of coronavirus, with 186 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, only surpassed by Navarra, the Basque Country and Aragon. Cases have multiplied in the last month and those hospitalized for coronavirus already exceed 500 – 119 of them, in the ICU.