Relaxation of restrictions in Europe. France and Italy impose curfews
There is no curfew in France. From Monday it will also be lifted in parts of Italy where this has not happened before. In France, Germany and Spain, the regulations on wearing masks have also been relaxed.
In France, it was indeed canceled from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. From Thursday, face masks should only be worn in open public spaces in the most frequented places, such as stadiums and cable cars. The mouth and nose should always be covered in closed public places, such as shops or public transport vehicles. Thursday, after nearly eight months of closure, the Parisian suburb of Disneyland opened to the public. Earlier, after a long break, Parc AstÃ©rix and Futuroscope welcomed tourists.
On Wednesday, June 9, the interiors of gourmet establishments in France reopened, of which 50 percent could remain. The normal number of customers and no more than six people are allowed to sit at the tables. Vegetable gardens can be completely filled. The maximum audience in cinemas, theaters and museums has also been increased. Since June 9, public sector employees have been working continuously two days a week and three days remotely. Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on Thursday that nightclubs and nightclubs will open in July.
In Italy, as of Monday, June 14, most regions with more than 40 million inhabitants, including Lazio, Lombardy and Piedmont, are in the white zone of minimum restrictions. There remains a ban on gatherings only there and an obligation to wear masks, also outdoors, which will likely be lifted in mid-July.
The curfew had already been lifted there. In the rest of the yellow zone, including Campania, Tuscany and Sicily, the curfew will end on Monday and until then it will last from midnight to 5 a.m.
In Germany, the telework obligation will not be extended beyond June 30 – Helge Braun, Head of Chancellery, announced Wednesday. The various federal states are also relaxing the rules for covering the nose and mouth in public. From next week it will no longer be necessary to put on a mask on the streets of Berlin, unless it is impossible to stay away from others. The rules governing the operation of catering establishments are also set by the authorities of the Federal State. There are food parks, in some towns only customers with a negative test result or vaccination certificate can sit there.
In Austria, nightclubs, mostly closed since March 2020, opened from July 1. At the end of June, restrictions on the number of participants in cultural events will also be lifted, as will the obligation to close restaurants to 22. Restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions remain open for those who have obtained a certificate of vaccination or convalescence after having passed Covid-19 or having tested negative for the coronavirus.
In England, plans are in place to completely lift all pandemic restrictions on Monday. However, this deadline has been extended by four weeks. Until then, in England, among others, the limit to six people who can meet in a private house and the halving of places in the cinema and the theater. The discos will remain closed. Up to 30 people can attend outdoor meetings, from Monday this limit will be increased for weddings.
There are public restaurants, hotels, cultural, leisure and sporting facilities all over the UK. However, specific health rules and restrictions may vary by region of the country.
In Spain, from Saturday June 26, it will no longer be necessary to wear masks in open public places.
In Belgium, restaurants and bars have been reserving their customers inside their premises since June 9. The vegetable gardens were open earlier. Private home visits of up to four people were also permitted. Cinemas, theaters and gymnasiums, which were closed until then, are operating again, but with restrictions.
In Portugal, entering and leaving the Lisbon metropolitan area is prohibited during weekends. According to the authorities, this is a response to the significant increase in Covid-19 cases in the Portuguese capital. Authorities have also extended the requirement to wear masks in public places open at least until mid-September.
In Greece, the tourist season officially opened in mid-May. Shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, museums and beaches are open.