One year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Europe returns to live the nightmare of the first months and, instead of restarting, almost all countries maintain sanctions or implement new closures starting in the Easter period . Thanks to delays on the vaccine and increased infection, European governments – including Switzerland – ratify or advance already drastic measures: the only exception is Great Britain, which, thanks to a powerful vaccination campaign, will begin a progressive recovery from 12 April All activities.
Italy and Germany
Italy: Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government is considering maintaining heavy sanctions for the entire month of April. As of May, therefore, no movement between areas, shutters for bars and restaurants still subsided, reopening gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and theaters at a later date. There will be only red or orange zones – with relative restrictions – without the possibility for the region to pass through at least 30 March in the yellow zone. Germany – The country currently has extended anti-Kovid measures until April 18 but has canceled Easter’s super lockdown, including closing the supermarket with the resulting mepa of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is the fifth renewal of sanctions since December 16. In addition, this time the compulsion of Surgical Mask or FFP2 was introduced at shops and public transport. A separate chapter is schools, which are the responsibility of Länder. From February 22, students aged 11–12 returned to class with teaching every other week or only a few hours. For other students, distance education continues.
France and Austria
France – Nearly a third of the French population in and around Paris, in the north of the country and near Nice, entered a month-long new lockdown on 20 March. Three other French regions, including the city of Lyon, have re-entered since yesterday, again for four weeks. Non-essential businesses are closed except for hairdressers. You can do outdoor sports within 10 km from home, but you cannot travel within the country without a valid reason. The schools are still open. The national curfew remains in effect from 7 pm to 6 am. Austria – Austrian authorities are considering strict sanctions against Kovid-19 during Easter, despite last Monday’s decision by the federal government not to tighten measures nationwide. There is currently a night curfew of 20 to 6. Like. All open public places have an obligation to maintain a distance of two meters from people who do not live together. It is also necessary to wear an FFP2 protective mask in indoor ones. At the regional or municipal level, more or less stringent regulations may apply.
Spain, Belgium and Holland
Spain – The Madrid government has also extended the curfew from 11pm to 6am in May. On the rest of the days, you can only go out to work, school, buy medicine or care for the elderly and children. Anyone over six years of age is required to wear masks on public transport and in closed places. In some areas as well. Belgium and Holland – Belgium extended the lockdown until 1 April and banned all non-essential travel. Only one person can be received at home, always one, and the limit of four is out. Shops are open, but you can enter alone and for up to 30 minutes. In the Netherlands, the lockdown has been extended until 20 April. The curfew has also been extended, but from 31 March it will begin one hour later, from 10 pm to 4.30 pm. The government has asked citizens not to book holidays abroad until at least mid-May. Secondary school students can go to school one day a week and from April 26, university students will also be able to go to universities for at least one day. Non-essential shops as well as bars and restaurants remain closed. Gathering of more than two people is prohibited.
Great Britain – Unlike the rest of Europe, the United Kingdom launched a gradual resume from 12 April. Thanks to the vaccine machine, but also to the difficult lockdown that has been in place for almost three months. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon encouraged the citizens by inviting them to return to the pubs. Only out for the moment and with all necessary precautions. Foreign travel is prohibited until 17 May, also the day when hotels and theaters will reopen. However, Johnson explicitly stated that it would be “data, not dates” that would guide the government’s decisions.