Sitges Travel Advisory

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Sitges Travel Advisory

UPDATE: – Latest changes to easing of lock down restrictions in Catalunya.

The regional government has made some changes to the easing of lock down restrictions that were announced last week.

As of Monday Nov 23:

  • Bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers with no capacity limits on outdoor seating starting next Monday.
  • Interiors of bars and restaurants will still have to operate at only 30% of their regular total capacity.
  • Bars are restaurants will have to close at 9.30 each night, as the 10 pm curfew will still be in place.
  • Gyms will also be able to open from Monday at 30% – another change to the initial plan which foresaw them opening in the second stage of the de-escalation.
  • Cultural activities will be able to accommodate 50% of their regular total capacities. This means that cinemas, theatres, and live music venues will be able to open up again at 50% but with a maximum capacity of 500 people.

Restrictions on movement and borders:

  • In the first stage, beginning on Monday, all of Catalonia’s outer borders will remain shut, as they are currently. On weekends, municipal borders will also be closed.
  • Stage two will still see Catalonia’s outer borders closed, while the weekend lockdown will move from municipal to county.
  • In the third phase, the perimeter confinement will be lifted and weekend mobility restrictions will end. This is planned to take place on December 21.

New Rules for Catalunya – Covid 19 – Until Jan 4th 2021.

FIRST PHASE: Monday, November 23

  • HOSPITALITY: Restaurants and bars may open with a capacity of 30% between 6:00 and 17:00, both on the terraces and indoors, with good ventilation.
  • CULTURE: Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concert halls, museums and exhibition halls with a maximum authorized capacity of 600 people could open with a capacity of 50%.
  • COMMERCE: 30% is maintained in stores of less than 800 square meters. The largest must continue to reduce the maximum sales area to that figure. Shopping centers are still closed except for shops of first necessity or premises that have direct access from the public highway.
  • CEREMONIES: The 30% capacity continues for religious acts and civil ceremonies, but with a maximum of 200 people.
  • MOBILITY: The perimeter closure of Catalonia and the municipal weekend are maintained, as well as the curfew that will remain in force until 2021. The rule of 6 bubble is also in effect.

SECOND PHASE: Monday, December 7

  • HOSPITALITY: As before with a capacity of 50% 6am to 5pm.
  • CULTURE: Cinemas, theaters and concert halls (with 600 people of authorized capacity) could increase the capacity up to 70%. For the rest of the rooms, the expected capacity of 50%, with a maximum of 500 people. Museums and exhibition halls would also remain at half capacity.
  • SPORT: Reopening of gyms at 50% without changing rooms
  • COMMERCE: Stores could open 50% and the largest 800 m2 could recover all the space provided they keep the capacity at half, but the shopping centers would still be closed.
  • MOBILITY: The weekend confinement would become regional. The perimeter closure of Catalonia and the curfew are maintained. Rule of 6 applies.

THIRD PHASE: Monday, December 21

  • HOSPITALITY: Restaurants and bars can extend the hours of opening until 9:00 p.m.
  • CULTURE: Museums could be 70% open, as well as cinemas, theaters and concert halls (maximum 500 people).
  • COMMERCE: Shopping centers can reopen at 30%.
  • MOBILITY: The weekend confinement will move to areas, provided they are in the same phase. Meetings in groups of up to 10 people.

FOURTH PHASE: Monday, January 4

  • RESTORATION: The same restrictions as in the previous phase are maintained
  • CULTURE: It keeps the capacity at 70%, but the maximum number of people in a room can reach 700.
  • SPORT: Sports competitions are recovered.
  • COMMERCE: Shopping centers may reopen at 50%, except common areas.
  • MOBILITY: The weekend confinement is eliminated, but the perimeter closure of Catalonia and the curfew are maintained.

Traveling to Spain

  • Arriving visitors will also have to complete an Covid entry form before your journey. You can pre-fill out the required forms and receive a QR code that you can show on arrival at the airport.
  • Passengers arriving from any  country with a high COVID-19 infection rate will be required to present a negative PCR test to enter Spain.

Spain will begin requiring travelers from countries severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to present a negative PCR test upon their arrival from November 23.The negative test result should be in Spanish or English and should be presented in original paper or electronic record, containing the name of traveler, passport or national ID number, date of the test, and name and contact information of testing center, within 72 hours prior to traveling.

Passengers will be checked before boarding and can face fines if they fail to provide proof – in this case, they will have to take an antigen test and might be barred from entry if positive.

  • For EU countries and those within the Schengen area, risk levels will be determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
  • The ECDC publishes a map every week with the current risk status of regions indicated by a traffic light system of green, orange or red – and grey for those with not enough information –, as determined by the 14-day incidence and positivity rates of Covid-19.
  • The negative PCR test will be mandatory for those travelling from states in red or grey.
  • Countries outside the EU-EEA will be labelled ‘at risk’ when the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is above 150.
  • The full list of countries affected will be published on https://www.mscbs.gob.es/ and on https://www.spth.gob.es and will be updated every two weeks – every new update will come into force seven days after being published.

Please check the IATA Map for the latest information on travel restrictions.

When traveling to Spain, the following will apply:

  • Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

You can pre-fill out the required forms and receive a QR code that you can show on arrival.

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Is Sitges Carnival 2021 cancelled?

Yes and no! All major mass gatherings for Carnival 2021 have been cancelled. There will be no main parade on the Sunday of Tuesday. The Carnival Commission have plans to produce socially distant events, but it certainly won’t include any mass gatherings.

It is not yet clear how the situation will unfold with regard to the bars of Sitges and their annual parties and Carnival festivities. As soon as things become clear we will provide an update.

September Update

Sitges still remains open and we are welcoming all guests who can and are willing to travel. Restaurants and bars are respecting social distancing rules and the hotels and apartments are still open with some great offers. There has never been a better time to pre-plan your next trip and grab a deal.

The music bars such as XXL, Soho and Privilege remain closed. Queenz cocktail bar (on the right hand side) is open from Thursday to Sundays. Parrots Pub and terrace is open each day. All bars must close by 1am. Customers can not sit down at at terrace or enter a bar after 00.00.

Sitges Carnival has cancelled all mass events, such as the parades and street parties. They promise a more socially distant event with virtual programs and some smaller events.

Do I have to wear a face mask in Sitges?

Catalonia’s Civil Protection have stated that the use of face masks is mandatory throughout Catalonia to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Government spokesperson stated that the rules apply in “both public and private” spaces, even when the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be guaranteed. You will need to carry a mask with you at all times and wear it when walking the streets, getting to and from the beach, shopping in supermarkets and stores and going to and from restaurants and bars.

What is it like in Sitges now?

Sitges is out of lock-down and the state of emergency is over. The beaches are open. All the terrace bars are open. The night bars are open with reduced capacity.  Masks are required at all times.

I plan on visiting in Summer 2021, will it be busy in Sitges? Is it Safe?

This is the most common question we have from visitors. As international flights return to Barcelona El Prat, we expect an increase in the number of visitors.  No where in the world is risk-free. It also depends on your health status. If you are in an at-risk category, you need to carefully consider your decision to travel. We suggest you book a hotel or apartment with a flexible cancellation policy.

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Are Sitges Beaches Open?

Currently the beaches are open for all activities. The beaches of Sitges opened for sunbathing on the 2nd of June.

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Bears Week September Edition is set to go ahead, with some changes to be confirmed.

Which events have been cancelled/postponed?

The Sitges Tapas Festival, The May Bear Week and Sitges Pride have all been postponed. The Corpus Flower Festival street decorations have been cancelled.

As of July 21st Sitges Bears Week – Organizers have been told by the council that the bear village on the sea front will not be permitted, however as many people are already traveling for the event, organisers have said they will work on other events that will allow for social-distancing.

An official statement reads: “Dear friends, as we have been reporting as the situation of COVID19 is progressing differently in different places. The Bears Sitges Association has decided not to convene its own activities for this year. However, for the many Bears who have decided to keep your holidays in Sitges, some of our sponsors and friends have decided to offer some activities, services and special offers for you all”

So essentially, while the bears week village and events have been cancelled, Sitges will still be open for business and many bears will visit during these dates.

Fiesta Mayor has also cancelled all the traditional dances and street parades and is working on a new program of events.

Do you have dates for Sitges events in 2021?

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