The number of infections in the European Union is increasing. Therefore, the governments of some countries have decided to take stricter measures and ban Easter, as are all other public gatherings. DW.
Angela Merkel wanted stricter measures, but the Chancellors of Germany’s 16 federal states did not agree to take measures in accordance with her request. At the last meeting, they only extended existing measures until April 18. As Angela Merkel said, the planned “Easter break” must be cancelled because the decision to not work on April 1 (Thursday) and April 3 (Saturday) cannot be implemented soon. Or set these days as Sundays or holidays. . In Germany, up to five people from two different families are allowed to gather.
If the 7-day incidence rate in certain provinces reaches an infection rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, the “emergency brake” should ensure that the regulations are tightened. In Germany, everyone must wear medical masks in public transportation and shops.
In a televised speech to the United States on March 31 (Wednesday), President Macron announced severe blockade measures, which will take effect nationwide from March 3 (Saturday). On Thursday, April 1, the French parliament will debate and vote on the new restrictions in the fight against covid-19.
For several weeks, Macron refused to tighten measures despite warnings from epidemiologists. But the third wave of infection has forced him to take action. The lockout shall be valid for one month, during which the school shall be closed.
Anyone in Belgium who wants to shop for things that are not important to life must make an appointment in the near future. During and after Easter, schools and universities will be closed for three weeks. Hairdressers, tattoo studios and beauticians will also be completely suspended until further notice. Belgium plans to relax its blockade measures on April 19.
At least until then, the curfew that has been in place for several months and the extensive travel or entry bans that have been in place since the end of January will continue to apply.
From now on, everyone in Spain must also wear protective masks outdoors. This rule applies to tourists and locals. Although many parts of Spain restrict citizens’ travel during Easter, tourists from the European Union can enjoy the sun and relax in Mallorca.
In Portugal, the state of emergency lasted until April 15. In the winter, after the total number of those infected rose sharply, the country shut down completely and declared a blockade. With the decrease in the number of infected people, the Portuguese government has gradually relaxed its strict measures since mid-March. Therefore, the museum should reopen in April. The next step will be to open cinemas, theaters and all shops-if the covid-19 situation allows.
Strict restrictions apply to Greece and will last until at least April 5. People there are allowed to leave their homes between 5 and 9 pm, but only if they have a valid reason, such as going to work, seeing a doctor, exercising or taking a dog for a walk. Everyone who arrives in Greece must undergo an official inspection, and quarantine rules also apply to them.
Although the number of infected persons is still high, the Bulgarian government plans to relax measures from April 1. Bulgarians will be allowed to sit again on the open part of the restaurant, the restaurant terrace. The theater will also be open, but with fewer audiences. Kindergartens and schools will reopen in April.
Until a few weeks ago, the Czech Republic had the highest seven-day incidence rate in the world. Accordingly, the highest level of the five possible alarms takes effect there. Except for family members, two people cannot meet at the same time.
Like many places in Europe, restaurants, cinemas, museums and shops that are vital to life have also closed. In addition to the curfew, it is also prohibited to leave the place of residence. Believers can go to church to pray in a limited number, and up to 15 people can attend funerals or weddings.
Hungary has also been hit hard by the corona crisis. For some time now, only Hungarian citizens have been allowed to enter the country. For example, it is impossible for Germans to enter. Except for the curfew that started at 8pm, everything that is not important to life has been closed. Weddings can only be held in the closest family, and a maximum of 50 people can attend the funeral.
At the beginning of the pandemic, this Scandinavian country was known as the only European country that did not impose a blockade and has the longest rules in the fight against the crown. Since January, the government has taken stronger measures and passed the “Pandemic Law”, but these measures are relatively mild compared to other European countries. A maximum of four people are allowed at the table in the restaurant. Allow eight people to meet. Shops, shops and hotels are all open.