What restrictions are placed on our neighbors to deal with the pandemic?

by Alexandre Camino

Compulsory return of mask, confinement, vaccination card and closure: an update on the actions our European neighbors have taken to fight Covid-19 and its variants


The announced restrictions go into effect on Tuesday, December 28. In the holiday season, German citizens – including vaccinators – should limit their contacts. No more than ten guests in the new year, and for the unvaccinated the limit is reduced to two guests.

The country now applies the “2G +” rule. In addition to a vaccination certificate, you must submit a negative test or booster dose certificate to enter certain venues, such as concert halls. The device is also present in Switzerland for entering discos and in Austria for crossing the border.


Cultural venues, such as cinemas and theaters are closed at the beginning of the week in Belgium. They will remain so until January 28th. Recreational and sports places (swimming pools, gyms) are also concerned. Sports competitions are prohibited to the public.

The government also decided to reduce the quantity gauge in stores. Citizens are called to do so their races Alone or in pairs.


From Monday, December 27 through January 17, all travelers entering the Territory must submit a negative test (including if they have been vaccinated). All foreigners must submit a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigen test of less than 48 hours if they want to enter Denmark.


Spain is facing an outbreak not seen since the start of the pandemic. As a result, several measures were taken on December 23 and are still in effect until mid-January. Discos are closed and private meetings are limited to a maximum of ten people. The central government has also made it mandatory to wear a face mask outdoors.

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In Catalonia, a nighttime curfew is still in effect. It is applied from 1 to 6 am in all cities with a population of more than 10,000 people where the infection rate exceeds 250. That is, in all cities.


Holland is having a closed party. On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve, the number of guests allowed per family is limited to four. All non-essential shops, restaurants, bars and cinemas as well as museums and theaters are closed until January 14. Schools, too, until January 9th.


As in Spain and Greece, a surgical mask will soon become mandatory outdoors. But the Italian government intends to move forward, by making it mandatory to wear the FFP2 mask in cinemas, theatre, sporting events or on transport.


Struggling with the Omicron variant, the UK decided not to introduce new restrictions by the end of the year. The beginning of the school year is maintained on the specified date. Currently, wearing a mask in public, a health card for major events, and PCR testing once in the country are the only measures in place.

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