Spain: Mass for coronavirus victims at the Sagrada Familia | AFP

Archbishop of Barcelona Cardinal Juan Jose Omella officiates a mass for coronavirus victims at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The Spanish government says that despite a recent surge in coronavirus cases, the country is safe to visit.

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Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia reopens for health workers | AFP

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church reopens with the visit of around two thousand medical staff and their families as a way to thank them for their work throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Barcelona church reopens doors firstly for healthcare workers | AFP

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church reopens with healthcare workers and their families being the first visitors allowed entry, in a gesture of thanks for their work during the COVID-19 crisis. IMAGES

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Number of beachgoers in Barcelona monitored by sensors | AFP

Locals are returning to Barcelona’s beaches, but with several additional security measures in place. Since June 8, the number of people on the city’s most popular beaches has been monitored by 18 sensors. Meanwhile, barriers limit the number of access points for beachgoers.

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Spanish opera house reblooms

Barcelona’s El Liceu opera reopens its doors for a livestreamed classical concert for an audience made up of plants. (June 23)

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ShowBiz Minute: Schumacher, Globes, Plants.

Joel Schumacher, director of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ dies at 80; Golden Globes set Feb. 28 for pandemic-delayed ceremony; Plants fill seats at Barcelona opera house concert. (23 June)

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Barcelona opera house reopens with concert exclusively for plants | AFP

After a three-month long closure, the opera house in Barcelona, El Liceu, reopens with its first concert… for 2,292 plants. The initiative, an idea of Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, looks to examine our relationship with nature and the impact the lockdown has had on public spaces.

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First indoor concert held in Barcelona since start of lockdown easing | AFP

About twenty people come to see the Clarence Bekker Band perform live at Barcelona’s Jamboree jazz club, the first indoor concert since the the easing of lockdown measures in the city. Strict social distancing and safety measures were put in place: mask wearing obligatory, no bar and a ban on standing up during the show. The singer dedicated a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ to the victims of COVID-19.

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Barcelona Nissan workers protest over plant closure | AFP

Workers protest at a Nissan plant in Barcelona which the Japanese carmaker has decided to shut. The plant employees 3,000 people are employed and groups several production facilities. IMAGES

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Workers protest as Nissan decides to close its Barcelona plant | AFP

Workers stage a protest at Nissan’s Barcelona plant as the Japanese carmaker has decided to shut the factory where 3,000 people are employed. The industry ministry confirmed to AFP that Nissan’s chief executive had informed it of its plan to stop operations at the Barcelona site, which groups several production facilities. IMAGES

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Spain’s minute of silence for COVID-19 victims observed in Madrid | AFP

President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, takes part in a national minute of silence for COVID-19 victims. Lockdown measures have been eased in the country’s two biggest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, where people can now meet in groups of up to 10 in their homes and in parks or on the terraces of bars and restaurants. IMAGES

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Nissan employees in Barcelona protest planned plant closure | AFP

Nissan employees light candles in Barcelona to protest against a planned plant closure. The Spanish government has warned Nissan shutting down the manufacturing base could cost the company more than a billion euros. Challenges caused by the coronavirus crisis have forced Renault, Seat and Nissan to suspend all activity in Spain, Europe’s second car manufacturer after Germany.

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Inside the Spanish Hotel Where Every Guest Has Had Coronavirus

Hotel Melia Sarrià in central Barcelona is one of eight hotels in the city taking patients straight from the wards of overstretched hospitals, and checking them into luxury suites.

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Barcelona opens beaches and parks after COVID-19 closure | AFP

Barcelona opens beaches and public parks for the first time since the Spanish government declared a national lockdown because of COVID-19 outbreak. IMAGES

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Malaga residents embrace deconfinement | AFP

Malaga residents enjoy the sunshine as the city enters the deconfinement phase, along with other regions of Spain, but from which Madrid and Barcelona remain excluded for the time being. Seventy percent of Spaniards have now embarked on a gradual easing of lockdown in three phases, which is due to last until the end of June. IMAGES

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Mientras el cierre disminuye se abre una playa en Barcelona

Mientras el cierre disminuye se abre una playa en Barcelona

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People in Barcelona enjoy the freedom to exercise during pandemic | AFP

Residents in Barcelona enjoy the freedom to exercise from 8pm to 11pm as Spain’s parliament on Wednesday voted to extend the country’s state of emergency, allowing stringent coronavirus lockdown measures to remain in place for at least two more weeks. The government imposed a nation-wide lockdown nearly eight weeks ago to curb the outbreak, which has killed more than 25,000 people and infected over 220,000 in the country — one of the hardest hit in the world.

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