Laws vary from country to country, but there are strict restrictions for many European nations
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Following a brief and partial relaxation of Christmas and New Year’s laws, several continental European countries have returned to the stringent anti-covid rules introduced this fall – with some further tightening measures. The U.K., according to the new World Health Organization update. In the last week of 2020, France, Germany, Italy and Spain had a 14-day reporting average of 720 new cases per 100,000 population, more than double that of France, Germany, Italy and Spain, but lower than the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. On December 15, France (infection rate 277.5/100,000) lifted its second national curfew, enabling non-essential shops to reopen but retaining coffee shops, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and th
It has been replaced by an 8 p.m. national Towards 6 a.m. (but not for New Year’s Day) curfew that was relaxed for Christmas. The curfew has now been moved forward by two hours in 15 departments, mostly in eastern France, with schools returning to normal for the new school year on Monday. Since November 2, Germany (379.1/100,000) has been in a second lockdown. In the run-up to Christmas, the constraints that started as a “lockdown light,” with only restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities closed and some soft rules for social gatherings in place, were tightened.
Also non-essential businesses are closed as of Dec. 16, schools and kindergartens provide emergency services only, and social activities are limited to another household or a maximum of five persons over the age of 14. It is expected that the lockdown will be extended until the end of January. Bars and restaurants were closed in the Netherlands (907/100.00) in mid-October, followed on December 15 by non-essential shops and companies, gyms, libraries, cinemas and theaters.
People are once again urged to stay at home after a little Christmas relaxation and are only permitted to have a maximum of two visitors per day. Sweden (815/100.00), whose mostly voluntary policy is an outlier, barred bars and restaurants from selling alcohol after 8 p.m. last month, limited groups in restaurants to four people, ordered shops and gyms to set a maximum number of customers, put education back on the Internet for over-16s, closed non-essential public facilities such as swimming pools and libraries, and suggested face mask
A new legislation is set to take effect on Jan. 10 to make it easier for the government to enforce more restrictions. Poland (330.6/100,000) imposed a strict lockdown on Dec. 28 for three weeks, shutting all non-essential businesses and forcing those coming from abroad to isolate themselves for 10 days. All shops remain open in Hungary (335.6/100,000), but the country’s borders are closed to almost all travelers, including residents of other EU countries, and there is a nighttime curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m..Spain (271.7/100,000) has imposed regional limits, with Catalonia among the strictest.As of Thursday, people are not permitted to leave their communities, gyms and shopping malls must close, and only the main stores are allowed to remain open on weekends.
There are bars and restaurants available for breakfast and lunch, but only takeaways for dinner are offered.
Madrid has refused to close restaurants or non-essential stores where the 14-day case rate is among the highest in the nation, opting instead for a soft containment of districts with higher infection rates. I will not make the same mistakes again. Milan Mayor on his Green Covid rehabilitation planContinue readingMost people spent Christmas and New Year at home in Italy (337.9/100,000) and were only allowed to leave the house for significant reasons or for brief visits to family members. Beginning Thursday, when the former three-tiered regional system returns, the rules will be relaxed.
It will be allowed to open restaurants and bars before 6 p.m. On Thursdays and Fridays, but on weekends when the whole nation is labeled as “red.” it will have to close again.
A 10 p.m. statewide curfew to 5 a.m. remains in place, and secondary schools will not reopen until at least next week (at 50 percent capacity).Additional Beric