Switzerland bans singing, Belgium only allows people to have contact with only one person outside on New Year’s Eve… Many ‘unprecedented’ measures have been applied by countries to prevent COVID- 19 on the eve of Christmas and New Year.
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Depending on the actual situation, each country has introduced different restrictive measures to prevent the epidemic from spreading after the Christmas and New Year holidays , according to Radio France Info (France). Spain limits gatherings to 10 people
Spain sets a maximum gathering of 10 people on December 24, 25 and 31 as well as January 1, 2021, including children. Public gatherings are strictly prohibited. The Ministry of Health urges you to avoid traditional or sincere gestures such as kissing on New Year’s Eve.
People can move from one area to another to visit their relatives. However, regions can enact more stringent restrictions if they so desire. Localities may also decide to start the curfew later from 1:30 a.m.
Germany plans to ease restrictions
Most regions in Germany are expected to relax CID-19 pandemic containment measures from December 23 to January 1, 2021.
Private meetings, currently limited to a maximum of 5 people, can be increased to 10 people, excluding children under the age of 10.
Still, some hard-hit areas like Berlin may keep the old rules.
Due to the pandemic, the very popular Christmas markets have had to close down. Small businesses in some localities have chosen the solution of delivery by motorbike.
Italy does not limit the number of people to meet
Italy still tightens restrictions at Christmas time. People will not be able to travel from one region to another from December 21 to January 6, 2021.
The curfew, effective from 10 p.m., continues to apply on New Year’s Eve. Christmas Mass must be celebrated early to end before curfew.
However, Italy does not limit the number of people meeting and eating, but only calls for as few people as possible.
UK allows up to 6 people
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own health policies, but have agreed to common rules during the year-end holiday.
The rule restricting the gathering of up to three houses will last from December 23 to 27 and does not apply to New Year’s Day.
Currently, private gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people and are banned in the hardest-hit regions.
The government encourages prioritizing video calls or outdoor family gatherings during Christmas. However, people are allowed to move within the country to visit relatives.
Ireland stops restrictive measures
Ireland limits gatherings to three houses. Residents are allowed to leave the county of residence. Restrictive measures will be suspended from December 18 to January 6, 2021.
Ireland was the first European country to reinstate a blockade measure to prevent a second wave of infections and ended the blockade on December 1.
Belgium only allows 1 person outside the house
Belgium decided to maintain particularly strict measures. On New Year’s Eve, people can only contact one person outside their home or up to two people for people under quarantine.
The curfew will continue to be in effect, although slightly reduced from midnight on December 24.
Switzerland bans singing in ceremonies and gatherings
Switzerland introduced a very unique end-of-year restriction: to avoid the risk of infection, it banned singing outside schools and homes, especially during religious services and meetings. Traditional Christmas gathering.
Poland may restrict travel further
Travel in Poland may be further restricted to avoid mass gatherings during the Christmas holidays. On November 21, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared: “You should not plan any travel”.
Meanwhile, shopping malls can reopen on December 27.
US urges not to travel
The American holiday season usually begins on November 26 with Thanksgiving. From this point on people usually hold family gatherings.
In the US, each state enacted different anti-epidemic measures, but all urged people to stay at home, not to travel.
But no one seems to have heeded this call. During the three-day weekend before Thanksgiving, US airports recorded more than 3 million passengers.
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