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Anti-vaccine passport protest in Barcelona, Spain earlier this month

This morning.

Via Catalan News:

The Catalan government will scrap the obligatory use of Covid passports to enter bars, restaurants, cultural events, and all other establishments, from Thursday at midnight into Friday.

The executive had initially planned on extending their use, but on Wednesday evening, it was confirmed that they will no longer be required.

After a late meeting of the government officials in charge of Covid, authorities came to this decision on the basis that the measure worked when the Delta variant was prevalent, but now that the much more transmissible Omicron strain of the coronavirus is dominant in Catalonia, and because the vaccine seems to prevent severe illness but not prevent transmission, then the use of the Covid passport to enter establishments is rendered somewhat redundant.


Any excuse.

Any excuse 2

Use of Covid passports in bars to be scrapped from Thursday (CatalanNews)



No need for the language.

Ireland’s Finn Lynch on the first day of the Laser world championship in Barcelona, Spain

This afternoon.

The Laser Worlds/ILCA 7 Championships, Barcelona, Spain

Via Afloat:

After three gold fleet races, Ireland’s Finn Lynch has moved up to second overall, according to provisional results.

With one day of competition left tomorrow to decide the overall honours, the National Yacht Club ace is 14 points off the overall lead in a fleet of 139 entries drawn from 44 countries.

At lunchtime today, the fleet was signalled with ‘AP over H’ on the water and ‘AP’ displayed ashore for the Silver fleet bringing Tuesday racing to a conclusion.

The on-form Rio Olympian signalled his intentions of making good on his campaign for Paris 2024 after missing out on Tokyo with a seventh at the European Championships just a month ago.

Ireland’s Finn Lynch Moves up to Second Overall at Laser Worlds/ILCA 7 in Spain (Afloat)

Pic via International Laser Class Association

This afternoon.


KN writes:

You think they might mention vaccines as a possible cause of [Bareclona FC player] Sergio Aguuero’s current stay in hospital? You would be wrong.


The striker promoting the vaccine for 12-year-olds and older in September

Have a moment?

A popular and beloved regular in The Fastnet Irish Bar in Barcelona, Irish expat Ben died tragically in a road traffic accident recently in Spain.

His friend Jessica has set up an online fundraising campaign (at link below) to help cover the cost of bringing his body back.

Rest in peace, Ben.

Help For Our Beloved Ben (GoFundMe)

The Fastnet

Barcelona, Spain

This afternoon.

Via The Local:

Barcelona and other cities in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region will impose a night-time curfew starting this weekend to fight a surge in virus cases after the measure won court approval.

The curfew is intended to discourage social gatherings on beaches and in parks to curb a spike in cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant, especially among unvaccinated young people.

The region’s top court on Friday signed off on the measure, which will affect a total of 161 municipalities, including popular beach resorts like Sitges and Salou.

Catalonia, the epicentre of Spain’s jump in infections, has already ordered all public gatherings to finish by 12:30am and restricted gatherings to no more than 10 people.

CONFIRMED: Barcelona and other Catalan cities to impose curfew to fight rampant Covid surge (The Local.se)

KN writes:

‘Like Ireland destroying its pub culture, this about changing a way of life. In Spain, 1am at the weekend in Summer is like 11pm here and all ages are about. Things are only getting going.’


There has been “no sign” of coronavirus infection among 5,000 unvaccinated people who took part in an indoor trial concert last month in Barcelona

This afternoon.

Barcelona, Spain.

Ahead of the gig everyone underwent mass screening and antigen tests. They were tested again 15 days later and only six people were found to have Covid-19.

“We are certain that in four of these six cases, transmission did not take place during the concert,” Josep Maria Llibre, a specialist in infectious diseases said.

*dives head first into mosh pit*

No sign of contagion’ after 5,000-person rock concert in Barcelona (EuroNews)

Pic: Sky

Last night.

Barcelona, Spain.

The sixth night of rioting over the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél.

Several protesters broke windows at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palau de la Música Catalana and also attempted to storm the city’s Stock Exchange.

Hasél, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla, has been in prison since  last Tuesday after he was found guilty of ‘glorifying’ the now-defunct Basque terrorist group Eta and ‘slandering’ the  Spanish royal family, the police and the court system in a series of tweets.

Barcelona sees sixth night of violent protests over jailed rapper (Sky)