With 2nd wave raised, most of the European countries had imposed lockdown and restrictions for the last few months. With the ease in the COVID-19 and begins of the Christmas and new year season, some countries have started easing the lockdown
Ireland is the very first European country to re-impose strict measures for a second time due to an increased number of cases past 2 months back.
The Irish government eased the lockdown from today, 1 December. Many local businesses as Shops, restaurants, pubs, and gyms are also allowed to open. The international travel is expected to resume from 18 December.
England is also planning to ease the lockdown begins next week. However, due to the high rise in the COVID-19 cases, the country will limit the opening in the Christmas and new year season. The UK will allow up to three households to meet at home over Christmas.
Earlier the government had announced the opening of city business in July 2020.
The government of the UK has issued the UK green corridor list and has been keeping updates on the safe corridor list every week.
Belgium has also eased their lockdown and the government is allowing shops to re-open from today, 1 December. However, due to higher cases of COVID-19, t0 curbs against the government has limits on shopping, including a requirement to shop alone for no more than 30 minutes. The government allowed to open national museums and swimming pools. Being some business where gathering and social distance cant be control has been restricted. Such business involves bars, restaurants, sports, and cultural centers that must remain closed.
The Government of the Czech Republic also allowing some local businesses to re-open begins 3 December. As the COVID-19 cases are gradually easing in the country. That business includes restaurants and non-essential retail markets, which must be closed by 2200 hrs every evening.
The Czech Republic will be moving down its pandemic risk scale from 3 to 5. The government is lifting the nighttime curfew, however, the business should be closed down after 2200 hrs.
Museums, galleries, and indoor sports activities can open maintaining proper social distances with limited capacity. The social gathering is restricted to outdoor with groups of up to 50 people and a maximum of 10 people for indoor. The public gathering is allowed a maximum of up to 6 at the moment.
With the high rise in the cases in the Netherlands, begins 1 December, the use of facemasks has been mandatory within the country. The law has been placed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The public must wear a Face mask or face shield in public areas like schools, markets, and restaurants, public buildings. Currently, the law has been imported for at least the next three months. Violation of the laws may impose a penalty of approx Euro. 95
With the Approaching season of Christmas and Newyear, the government of the state of Western Australia (WA) is planning to reopen its border for entry from Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) by the coming week. This opening allows the traveler to celebrate quarantine-free Christmas in the west of the country. The decision of opening of border will be decided to look on to the COVID-19 new cases until the next week.
A recent increase in the COVID-19 cases in Turkey has let the Government take the decision to impose restrictions. Turkey is planning to impose a weekday curfew and a full lockdown at weekends to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Turkish government put the curfew between 2100 hrs to 0500 hrs during weekdays. Also, residence and citizens will not be allowed to leave home the whole time on weekends. The weekend curfew will begin from this Friday 4 December., President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday after new cases and deaths hit record highs.
France will only start a phased unwinding from Dec. 15. President Emmanuel Macron announced a week ago, a phased opening of the lockdown. The re-opening of non-essential shops by 1st week of December and then theatres, museums, and cinemas in mid-December. The markets must adhere to social distance measures and restrict to 1 person for every 8 sqm of the shop floor. All Bars and restaurants will remain closed until 20th Jan 2021.
Germany has imposed restrictions and limits on private gatherings and the closure of restaurants, leisure, and cultural facilities last month. Due to the number of cases rising in the country, the government has extended the restrictions and likely to shut the bars and restaurants until January. The chancellor of Germany said, “The curbs will be continued until December 20 first but we assume that due to the very high incidence of infection, restrictions will have to apply until the beginning of January,”
The cultural center, Sport facility centers remain close, however, schools and shops will remain open
With the amendments made by Croatia on reopened their border for all tourists on 1st Jul 2020, Croatian government officials announced that foreign tourists will not be allowed into Croatia starting 1st December. Any tourist who has hold the tourist visa also will not be able to enter country. Previously, foreign tourists were allowed to enter Croatia upon presentation of a certificate of absence of the COVID-19 virus.