Canada Covid-19: how our European neighbors are approaching the end-of-year celebrations

19:00  25 november  2020
19:00  25 november  2020 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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En Allemagne, les Länder plaident pour une limitation à 10 personnes issues de plusieurs foyers le nombre de participants aux fêtes de Noël et du Nouvel an. © FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS In Germany, the Länder are arguing for a limitation to 10 people from several households the number of participants in Christmas celebrations and of the New Year.

Like France, several of our European neighbors have decided to gradually ease restrictions as Christmas approaches. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, nevertheless called on the Twenty-Seven not to relax too quickly at the risk of otherwise triggering "a third wave" of the epidemic after Christmas.

The Figaro takes stock of the rules in force in our neighbors as the end of the year holidays approach.

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After four weeks of confinement, United Kingdom decided on Tuesday to ease restrictions just before and shortly after Christmas. Three different households will be able to gather in the same place and only over a period of five days maximum, from December 23 to 27, and families will be able to move throughout the territory. Other cuts announced include the return of spectators to stadiums in early December in some areas, the reopening of non-essential stores, gyms and the resumption of church services and weddings, all accompanied by a massive screening program . "It cannot be a normal Christmas and there is a long way to go until spring" , warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself.

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Same story in Germany , where the Länder are arguing for a limitation to 10 people from several households the number of participants in the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Children under 14 would not be included in this count and regions advise quarantining participants before and after these holidays. This restriction would be in effect from December 23 to January 1, suggest the regions, which advise quarantining participants before and after these holidays. The federal government and the Länder will also initiate a discussion “with religious communities in order to make arrangements for religious services and other religious gatherings to reduce contact” . These measures will be endorsed or amended on Wednesday during a discussion with the German Chancellor, who will give a press conference in the afternoon.

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In Italy , the President of the Council, Giuseppe Conte, has so far only advised his compatriots against going skiing during the end-of-year holidays. “ We will have to spend the festivities in a more sober way. Big parties, kisses and hugs will not be possible, that would mean a sudden rise in the curve in January ”, he also warned last week. And to add: "We hope to still be able to buy and exchange gifts." Whatever the evolution of the pandemic in the coming weeks, the Minister of Regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia, for his part indicated that Christmas would be celebrated between members of "tight family" . Restrictions on mobility and work have been taken until at least December 3 at national and local level, depending on the gravity of the situation from one region to another.

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In Spain , Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to limit the number of participants in the Christmas celebrations to six people. "This is a number that health professionals and scientists have told us to be sufficiently rigorous and restrictive to prevent a new outbreak of cases" , he explained on Wednesday. The figure should be negotiated with the regional authorities responsible for public health. Their autonomy is very wide and the restrictions vary from one place to another. In Catalonia, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and performance halls, closed since mid-October, reopened this week under certain conditions. Many regions have also implemented partial closures, which consist in preventing both entry into the region, but also exit, except in very specific cases. This is the case in Madrid, where the government announced a closure of the region from December 4 to 14, with the aim of arriving at the end of the year holiday period in the best possible conditions.

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The Belgium has been subject to new containment since October 30. Strong restrictions were decreed there: closing bars, restaurants and cafes, obligation to work from home when possible, limitation of social contacts and closing of businesses deemed non-essential. Schools reopened their doors last week. No further easing has yet been announced. Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden refused to make "false promises" in a recent interview with the Flemish daily De Zondag . "If we all stick to the measures, we may be able to offer a perspective" , added the Minister. She also warned that "if necessary, the police will ring the doorbell at Christmas" . A consultation committee, bringing together the heads of the various executives of this federal state under the aegis of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, is to meet at the end of the week.

In Switzerland , the Federal Office of Public Health says it is currently working on a list of practical advice intended for the population: self-quarantine 10 days before Christmas dinner, meetings limited to two families ... The second epidemic wave hit the country with full force, with incidence rates in French-speaking Switzerland among the highest in Europe. Restrictions have been put in place at the cantonal level. Those in Vaud, Neuchâtel, Friborg and Jura have declared a state of necessity and closed bars, cafes, restaurants, fitness, cinemas, theaters, etc. The canton of Geneva has also closed non-essential businesses. In German-speaking Switzerland, only Basel-City has decreed similar measures. In the meantime, the ski resorts are open while a few kilometers away, the French slopes will remain closed, as in Germany and Italy.

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