United Kingdom decided this Saturday (19) to abandon plans

The United Kingdom decided this Saturday (19) to abandon plans to ease circulation restrictions during Christmas in the face of evidence that suggests that a variant of the new coronavirus in circulation may be up to 70% more transmissible .

With the measure, the United Kingdom joins the list of places that have decreed, in the last days, more rigid blocks to stop the spread of Covid-19 before the holidays . Most of the measures have been adopted in Europe, which has been experiencing increases in infections for weeks.

See some of the restrictions below:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday (19) that London and south-east England would move from level 3 restrictions against Covid-19 to level 4, the highest. The change will take place from Sunday (20) until December 30.

With the new measures, residents should stay at home, with limited exemptions. Shops, gyms, leisure and personal care facilities will be closed. People should work from home if they can.

In addition, residents of level 4 regions should not mix with anyone outside their home at Christmas.
The restrictions come amid the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus – which can be 70% more contagious.

“Given the first evidence we have about this new variant of the virus, the potential risk it poses, it is with a very heavy heart that I must say that we cannot continue with Christmas as planned,” Johnson told a news conference.
The prime minister also said that the new variant of the virus is concentrated in areas at level 4 , but is present throughout the country.

In places outside level 4, up to three families can get together, but this will be limited to Christmas Day only, instead of the five days that had been established earlier. The rules will not be relaxed on December 31st.

The Italy announced on Saturday (19), restrictions “red zone” that will be in force throughout the country from 24 to 27 December, from December 31 to January 3 and 5-6 in January.

During this period, people “can leave the house only for reasons of work, necessity and health,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, according to the British BBC network.
The rules will allow people to receive a maximum of two guests, not including children under 14, in their homes. The current curfew, from 10 pm to 5 am, will remain in effect.

From December 28 to 30 and January 4, people will be able to leave the house, but bars and restaurants will remain closed.

The Swiss ruled on Friday (18), which, starting from Tuesday (22), restaurants, shopping malls, sports arenas, gyms and other recreational sites will have to close . The stores will remain open, but with limited capacity. The measures will run until January 22.

The Germany is in “partial lockdown” until January 10 . Only essential services, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and banks, will be able to operate during this period.

Since Wednesday (16), only a maximum of 5 people can be found, from 2 different houses. Children and teenagers up to 14 years old do not count, but this age limit varies across the country: in Berlin, for example, only teenagers up to 12 years old are not counted.

At Christmas, the rules will be a little relaxed: from December 24th to 26th, the limit of people may be exceeded, and visitors may come from more than 2 houses. Teenagers up to the age of 14 will also not be counted on these days.

Angela Merkel is thrilled to ask for new restrictions to contain the pandemic in Germany
Angela Merkel is thrilled to ask for new restrictions to contain the pandemic in Germany

On Tuesday (15), France relaxed the national blockade in force since the end of October. People no longer have to fill out a form to say why they are leaving their homes – but bars, restaurants, theaters, cinemas and cable cars will remain closed.

There will be a curfew across the country from 8 pm to 6 am – which will be suspended on Christmas Eve, but not on New Year’s Eve. The new measures will remain in effect until at least January 20, the BBC reported.

Nurseries and schools are open, but universities will remain closed until February 2021, at least.

In Austria, the government announced on Friday (18) that the country would enter its third blockade after Christmas. From December 26, non-essential stores will be closed and movement outside houses will be restricted.

Starting January 18, stores and restaurants will open again – but only for those who have tested negative for Covid-19. The condition is part of a planned mass testing program. Schools will resume classroom teaching on the same date.

On Friday (18), Sweden recommended, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the use of masks in public transport at peak times. The country also announced the closure of non-essential public workplaces, such as gyms, swimming pools and libraries.

The country will also reduce the maximum number of people seated at a table in restaurants: from 8 to 4. The sale of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited after 8 pm. Education will be done remotely for high school students until January 24th.

The King of Sweden said that his country had failed in the way it handled Covid-19 . In a televised statement on Thursday, he strongly criticized the policy adopted by the government during the pandemic, which resulted in a high number of deaths among the elderly.

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