The Catalan government has announced that all bars and restaurants in the region will be limited to a takeaway and delivery service for two weeks from Thursday night following a surge in cases, writes Sam Jones, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent.

Shops and markets will operate at 30% capacity, gyms, cinemas and theatres at 50%, and children’s play areas will close at 8pm.

The strict measure comes after the weekly total cases in Catalonia rose from 7,000 to 11,000 over the course of a few days.

“This is a painful measure and we know that,” said the acting regional president, Pere Aragonès. “But it’s a necessary measure and we need to act now.” The alternative, added Aragonès, would be even stricter measures.

“We need to act with absolute commitment,” he said. “We need a huge collective effort built on individual efforts to change or day-to-day habits so that we can once again reopen these social spaces.”

Source: The Guardian

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