For this year, the end of year celebrations will be celebrated differently due to an upsurge in the coronavirus. In Europe, each country has implemented its own measures.
In France, the Prime Minister Jean Castex has already set out the steps to take to pass the Christmas and New Year facing coronavirus. Similarly, European leaders have also introduced their recommendations more than 2 weeks from the fnativity festival and some Saint Sylvester. The newspaper Le Figaro took stock of the conditions imposed by each country.
Travel allowed in the UK
At the end of November, the UK decided to ease the restrictions before and shortly after Christmas. From December 23 to 27, travel will be authorized throughout the territory. Three different households can come together in the same place and only during this period of 5 days maximum. “It can’t be a normal Christmas and it’s a long way to spring“, warned the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In addition, the authorities have also announced the return of spectators to the stadiums in certain areas in early December, the reopening of non-essential stores as well as sports halls. The resumption of religious services and weddings was also mentioned. All these reductions will be accompanied by a massive screening program.
Germany considers new measures
In Germany, the number of participants in Christmas and New Year celebrations, will be limited to 10 people, from several households. The daily notes that children under 14 would not be included in this count. However, regions advise a one-week quarantine of participants before the holidays. These new measures will come into effect from December 23 to January 1.
Angela Merkel has, moreover, encouraged the population not to travel abroad during the Christmas holidays, particularly skiing. Bars, restaurants, cultural venues and sports clubs will remain closed.
On Wednesday December 9, the Chancellor indicated a possibility of introducing new measures in the face of the resurgence of Covid-19 in Germany. Experts have indeed considered the closure of all non-food stores, between Christmas and mid-January at the latest, as well as schools in particular.
Midnight mass not allowed in Italy
TheItaly is one of the European countries strongly affected by the Covid-19. Thus, for Christmas and New Year, several measures were imposed by the authorities. For this year, believers will not be able to attend midnight mass, informs Le Figaro. The celebrations will have to be held earlier in the evening in order to respect the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Moreover, on the morning of January 1, it will be extended until 7 a.m.
On December 25, 26 and January 1, Italians will not be able to leave their cities of residence. Moreover, travel between different regions of the country is now banned, at least between December 20 and January 6. Regarding winter sport, ski resorts will be closed until January 7. All cruises will also be suspended from December 21 to January 6.
In Spain, travel is prohibited except …
For the Christmas and New Year, the authorized tonnage for family reunions is set at 10 in Spain. Regarding the curfew, the schedule is pushed back to 1:30 a.m. instead of 11 p.m. on December 24 and 31. Between January 23 and 6, travel between regions will be prohibited except for essential needs or for “visit family” for the parties.
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced that it is best for people to restrict their mobility and social contacts as much as possible. “To sum up, this Christmas we are staying at home “, he encouraged. Bars and restaurants are to remain closed in many regions, however these are free to tighten measures on the movement of people.
A maximum of one guest in Belgium
In Belgium, the head of government Alexander De Croo advised not to hang out with people outside their family nucleus. Each family can accommodate a maximum of one guest except for single people who can invite two.
In order to limit gatherings, fireworks will be banned on the evening of New Year, and travel abroad is strongly discouraged. The Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden, also warned that “if necessary, the police will ring the doorbell on Christmas“.
Since October 30, the Belgium is subject to new confinement: bars, restaurants and cafes are closed, teleworking is compulsory when possible. Social contacts are also limited and businesses, deemed non-essential, are closed.
Ten authorized persons in Switzerland
Tuesday 8 December, the Swiss president Simonetta Sommaruga announced new restrictive measures on which the cantons must vote. If the latter give the green light, private meetings are limited to 5 people, from only two homes except for the holidays from December 24 to 26 as well as for December 31. Indeed, for these periods, 10 people will be authorized.
From December 12 until January 20, catering establishments, shops and markets, leisure and sports facilities will have to close at 7 p.m. and on Sundays.
Religious holidays and legislative assemblies, as well as all cultural activities and professional events with the public, will also be authorized. In the meantime, the ski resorts are open in Swiss.
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