Europe is once again the epicentre of pandemic: an overview of the regulations

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The Covid 19 pandemic is making a strong comeback on the European continent, forcing some countries to reintroduce stricter health measures. Here’s an overview of the regulations in place in different European countries.

Austria: Lockdown for the unvaccinated
Tough crackdown: Faced with a surge in new corona cases, the Austrian government imposes a lockdown on unvaccinated people, allowing them to leave their homes only for shopping or medical care. In addition, vaccination has become mandatory for caregivers.

Netherlands: return of partial lockdown
Faced with a significant recovery from the pandemic, the Netherlands reintroduced a “partial lockdown” for a period of three weeks: Bars, restaurants, and essential stores must close their doors at 8 p.m., non-essential stores at 6 p.m., and people are advised to work in their home offices. Beyond this period, the measures are aimed at the unvaccinated, who will no longer have access to public places if they present a negative test.

Bulgaria: health passport implemented
As the country with the fewest vaccinations in Europe, Bulgaria introduced a health passport at the end of October that allows access to public places.

Great Britain: almost complete freedom
Since “Freedom Day” on July 19, the U.K. has lifted almost all anti-Covid restrictions: public places are open and wearing masks is optional. However, Scotland has issued a vaccination card, which is required for access to certain events.

France: Extension of the health passport
In France, the health passport (includes: vaccination, recovery or negative test) has been extended for access to certain public places and events. Vaccination is mandatory for caregivers and professionals who have contact with vulnerable groups. In addition, masks have again been mandatory in schools since November 15.

Switzerland: the Covid certificate
In Switzerland, the Covid certificate, equivalent to the French health passport, is still required for access to public places. More stringent measures may be enacted locally at the cantonal level.

Germany: transitional measures
While waiting for the new government, Germany has initiated various measures in cities and counties to curb rising case rates. In some regions, particularly in the east of the country, access to public places is now restricted to vaccinated and recovered persons (2G), excluding unvaccinated persons.

Spain: Minimum measures
After a difficult summer related to the delta variant outbreak, Spain is now doing well in terms of case numbers thanks to a high vaccination rate. Mask-wearing remains mandatory at the national level in enclosed public places, and each region itself has the option of resorting to additional measures of its own.

Portugal: digital certificate required
Portugal was also badly affected this summer and now has the situation under control. Access to public places and transport remains subject to presentation of the European digital certificate (proof of vaccination or recovery or negative test) and masks are mandatory in enclosed public places.

Denmark: Return to the Corona Pass
As the first EU member state to lift restrictions, Denmark reintroduced the Corona Pass on November 12. This certificate is required for access to cultural or social places.

Poland: Audience restriction
Poland has the following rules in places open to the public: 75% of capacity in bars, restaurants and cultural venues, maximum 1 customer per 10 square meters in large commercial areas.

Belgium: Covid Safe ticket
In Belgium, the “Covid Safe Ticket”, equivalent to the health passport, is mandatory for visiting restaurants or events with large audiences. Regions can individually tighten health measures at the local level.

Norway: Measures at the local level
After lifting all restrictions in September, the Norwegian government granted municipalities the option to use the health passport depending on the local situation.

Italy: Passport required
Despite a successful vaccination campaign, Italy has maintained the requirement to present a health passport for public places, as well as for inter-regional travel (train, bus, ferry, domestic flights).

Iceland: a limit of 50 people
Public and private events in Iceland are limited to 50 people. In addition, bars, restaurants and nightclubs must close their doors at 11 pm.

Romania: Curfew for unvaccinated
Romania has a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the unvaccinated. In addition, stores must close at 9 p.m. In addition to the health pass, there is a limit on guests in bars, restaurants and cultural venues.

  • source: thedailydigest.info
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