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Nightlife in Spain reopening plan out: compulsory face masks, no drinks on dancefloor

Spain’s health ministry could lift closure order in 4 to 8 weeks

Catalonia has revealed the reopening plan for nightclubs and other late-night venues, which will come into force once the closure order from Spain’s Health Ministry expires.

Procicat, the civil protection body, published the rules on Wednesday, including measures on ticketing, facemasks, dancefloors, ventilation and queueing.

The …

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French company Ouigo offers Barcelona-Madrid trips from €9

The French rail company Ouigo (SNCF) has launched its high-speed train service between Barcelona and Madrid on Monday, two days after the state of alarm in Spain has ended.

This means that regional borders will no longer be closed and all travel throughout Spain is once again permitted.

The new service run by private company Ouigo will …

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President Emmanuel Macron has revealed a four-step plan to easing Covid-related restrictions in France over the next two months

President Emmanuel Macron has revealed in more detail a four-step plan to easing Covid-related restrictions in France over the next two months.

Key dates set out by Mr Macron

May 3

The first date of the plan, which was already known, will mean the end of restrictions – and associated attestation forms – related to daytime travel beyond …

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PortAventura World and Tibidabo amusement parks to reopen on May 15

PortAventura World will reopen on May 15 after Catalonia’s Procicat civil protection body has lifted the Covid-19 restrictions on amusement parks which had forced them to remain shut.

The theme park located just south of Tarragona will welcome visitors back for the first time since October 16 last year.

The opening of the season had originally been …

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150,000 tulips planted in northern Catalonia

In the town of Coforb, surrounded by mountains and fields in the Berguedà region of northern Catalonia, three local and Dutch entrepreneurs have planted over 150,000 tulips.

The project, called Tulipmania Barcelona, aims to create a floral tourist attraction which will encourage more visitors to the region. The park will be split into two sections; the …

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Free travel has been restored within Catalonia

Free travel has been restored within Catalonia as the county-level lockdown ended on Monday, as part of a broader reopening scheme brought about by the stabilization of coronavirus infections.

Other de-escalation measures include the restoration of in-person classes for pre-university exam-year school students (‘Batxillerat’ courses) and vocational training courses (‘Cicles Formatius’).

While the 6-people limit for social …

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Caixabank plans to lay off 18% of staff, it will be the third largest cuts in Spain and the biggest in the history of the financial sector

Financial institution intends to close 1,534 offices across Spain

This comes barely one month after it confirmed its merger with Bankia, on March 26, which made it Spain’s largest lender.

Before the merger, both companies employed over 50,000 people (35,000 at Caixabank and 15,000 at Bankia).

Caixabank is now the largest bank in Spain with around 20 million …