The Ajuntament has issued a new regulation that will ban organised tour groups of 15 people or more from accessing la Boqueria market on Friday and Saturday, from opening until 3pm. Groups will still be allowed to access the market freely at all other times. The move follows a request from market traders to regulate big groups, with the objective of promoting the development of normal market activity and avoiding overcrowding.
This is part of the Pacto Local which aims to reduce the negative impact of tourism on the city and to ensure a more equal distribution of the profits made from tourism around the city. Among the proposed measures is also better training of workers in the tourism sector and the avoidance of 'massification' of key zones.