The Barcelona City Council puts the brakes on all the works that it was carrying out in public space to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This decision affects a total of 72 actions, between municipal facilities and public housing promotions.
In general lines, the works will be stopped, municipal sources require, as long as the state of alarm decreed by the Government continues last Saturday. Thus, the activity in public works is suspended, although “the minimum essential tasks” may be carried out to guarantee safety in these environments. These works will be carried out taking into account, added the same sources, the “precautions indicated by the health authorities”.
Exceptions in the Port Fòrum and Glòries
The works in the Port Fòrum, in a totally exceptional way, will continue due to “the risk to people, property and the very survival of the dike structure”. The actions at this point of the coast are in an initial phase and the situation of risk in the structure persists, so that the work will continue these days despite the Alarm Status according to the availability of the contractor.
The other exception is in Plaça de les Glòries. There, work on the road tunnels has stopped, but the pumping of the water table to avoid floods is being maintained, and planting of plant species will continue “following the criteria and minimum services established by Parcs i Jardins”, detailed municipal sources.
Among the stopped works and reforms stand out those that were being carried out in the Raval del Raval, the Mercat de Vallvidrera, the Plaza de Sóller, the Vilapicina library, the headquarters of the Sant Andreu district, the Mossèn Costa i Llobera gardens and the Punt Verd Sants.
Private developers must also cease their activity. This has been reflected in a decree signed by the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau. A couple of points: the actions that are justified to guarantee the safety of people are not affected by the decree, and they can also be carried out if “the measures approved by the World Health Organization, state and regional health authorities are guaranteed. and the Public Health Agency” regarding “prevention and protection against coronavirus, as well as the requirements of the Alarm State”. However, the consistory recommends suspending all works that “involve displacement on public roads”.