Sitges Travel Advisory
Gay Sitges Guide will bring you up to date information on Sitges as and when we receive it regarding the travel situation in Spain.
October Curfew Rules and the State of Emergency.
There is a lot of confusion about the curfew in force from Sunday, October 25 and discussions about it lasting until May.
So far the exceptional measure will end on November 9, unless it is renewed for another two weeks. And it can be renewed every two weeks without additional powers being needed up until May if the situation does not change.
So to say Spain is under lock down until May is a little far fetched. But the news is not good either way and the reporting of the issue has been handled even worse than the first lock down.
- The Catalan government has imposed a night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am after Spain declared the state of emergency on Sunday, granting regional authorities greater executive powers to fight the spread of coronavirus.
- The measure, coming into force on Sunday, allows the Catalan government to impose more strict restrictions while leapfrogging judicial oversight. Restrictions like the compulsory use of face masks, the limitation of social gatherings to six people, and the closure of bars and restaurants will remain in place.
- While the Spanish government wants the state of alarm to last until May 2021, regional authorities will be able to decide whether to extend the night curfew on November 9 depending on epidemiological indicators.
Businesses and shows on until 9 pm
- Stores and establishments open to the public should close its doors by 9 pm. The same measure applies to authorized public shows and sports events.
Exceptions: force majeure, emergencies, care of relatives, pets
While freedom of movement will be greatly restricted, the decree imposing a night curfew considers a number of exceptions, mainly for people on their way home, who work at night, in case of a health emergency (this includes going to a pharmacy) and when taking care of dependent relatives (with a professional certificate).
- Essential services, such as health centers, care homes, fuel, emergency services and judicial actions are also permitted from 10 pm to 6 pm.
- The care of pets is also in the list of exceptions, with walks permitted “the essential time” from 4 am to 6 am near home.
- Urgent judicial actions or returning home from a trip are also part of the exceptions.
Fines from 300 to 6,000 euros
Failing to comply with the night curfew could result in fines ranging from 300 to 6,000 euros, according to the Catalan interior minister Miquel Sàmper. People repeatedly breaching curfew restrictions or disobeying law enforcement will receive higher fines.
While officers are expected to inform citizens of the measure on Sunday night, fines will quickly come into force as the interior minister pledges a higher police presence in the streets.
Theaters, cinemas, concert venues, food delivery
- While in-person cultural activities were banned when the first state of alarm came into force in March, Catalonia says theaters, cinemas, and concert venues can remain open until 10 pm, with attendees authorized to return home by 11 pm.
- Bars and restaurants will remain shut, but food delivery and takeaway services will be allowed until 10 pm.
- Certificate of self-responsibility
- The certificate of self-responsibility used in the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic will be needed to justify any exceptions.
- An employer’s certificate or tickets of the show attended will also be accepted.
Catalonia orders closure of bars and restaurants to stop coronavirus spread.
The restrictions were approved by the Catalan government on Wednesday.(14th October)
“The measures will come into force overnight Thursday to Friday and will remain in place for an initial 15 days,” said interim regional leader Pere Aragones, describing the measure as “painful but necessary”.
- All bars and restaurants in Sitges will remain closed until the 31st of October, at the earliest. Take away is being offered by many of the restaurants.
- If you are visiting Sitges over the next two weeks, please note that you will still have to obey the rules for masks – they must be worn at all times.
- 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.
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.
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.
Is Sitges under lock-down?
Note: – On the 20th of August, the following ordinances apply to Sitges.
- Restaurants are open until 1.am – last customers can enter at 00.00, no later.
- Terrace bars are open until 1.am – last customers can enter at 00.00, no later.
- Musical Bars and discos are closed (Music bars are bars where you can dance and normally stay open until 3am)
Sitges is not under a lock-down. Some parts of Barcelona (mostly in the metropolitan area) have faced voluntary quarantine measures. Residents have been advised to stay at home. Sitges has not been included in those measures, however out of an abundance of caution, we would recommend that you remain in Sitges during your stay and avoid any unnecessary trips to the city until the recommended lock-down measures have been lifted for Barcelona.
There are a lot of rumors and discussions online and in groups regarding the future of travel in Spain. The fact is, no one knows what will happen and as such, the rumors are unfounded.
Barcelona airport is open and currently there will are no plans to close to the Spanish borders. Sitges remains open and with a very low COVID R rate. The village has tight controls around groups on the street and on the beaches and everyone is obeying the laws and wearing masks.
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.
When Can I Travel to Sitges?
Update – August 2020
Important Information about traveling to and from the airport to Sitges!
Please note that the Mon Bus to and from Sitges to the airport is now called, “Plana Autocars”. There is a special timetable for the current Covid situation.
Ryanair, EasyJet, Wizz Air, Transavia, Air Baltic, Air Moldova, Pegasus and Volotea all returned to Terminal 2 on July 24th.
If you are arriving at Terminal 2 and want to get the train to Sitges, you can take the shuttle bus to get between terminals.
Visitors from European Union
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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Currently, visitors from following countries are allowed to visit Spain: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea,Uruguay
Note this list is constantly changing, so you should check with your embassy before planning your trip to Sitges.
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 this Summer, 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. Currently hotels are offering deals to people traveling in July and August. Some hotels have already seen their occupancy rates go from 20% to 50%, so if this trend continues, it will be a busy season, but not as busy as previous years.
All of the bars and restaurants have instituted the recommended health and safety procedures recommended by government authorities. Bars and restaurants are also limiting their numbers to the figures set by the government. This number will be adjusted as the Summer progresses.
The village is safe to visit, but 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.
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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?
- All mass events for Sitges Carnival have been cancelled ( Sitges Carnival – 22nd Feb to 2th Mar 2022)
- Easter in Sitges – 1st to 5th Apr 2021
- Bears Week May Edition – 29th Apr to 2nd May 2021
- Bears Week Sept Edition – 3rd to 12th Sept 2021
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