How Europe is Handling a Covid-19 Christmas

    As the government desperately tries to decrease infection numbers, Europe is preparing for Christmas with Covid-19. Here are some European Nations and what they are planning for the season.

Austria: Ski resorts are opened with limited capacity for locals only. Cafes, bars, restaurants, and clubs will remain closed until January 7th. All arrivals at Austria are required to quarantine for 10 days. 

Belgium: Non-essential shops were allowed to reopen from December 1. Museums and swimming pools are also open, as long as citizens practice social distancing. During Christmas, one can meet up to four people, and there is a curfew between midnight and 5 a.m.

Bulgaria: Since November 27, all events have been suspended. Theatres are only allowed to be occupied 30% of their total capacity and face masks are mandatory. Non-essential stores are banned, and restaurants are only allowed to deliver meals. 

Croatia: Croatia is still considering measures for this season, but many people believe that a strict lockdown is not necessary. All secondary schools have switched to online classes, and soon began to close down cafes, and restaurants, and began to ban wedding parties, and most sports events. 

Cyprus: Restaurants, cafes, and bars will be shut until the end of the year. High school students have switched to online classes, and church is banned over Christmas. Only 10 people in a private house are allowed, and a 9 p.m. curfew is enforced. 

Denmark: Social distancing rules and bans are enforced through the whole month of December. No more than 10 people can meet at one time, and restaurants and bars must close at 10 p.m. Religious communities are allowed to meet as long as they follow safety requirements. 

Estonia: Estonia has recommended canceling all events including christmas parties. Celebrating Christmas with family is allowed, but not with people who usually come into daily contact with. Face coverings are mandatory, and all restaurants must close at midnight. 

Finland: Up to 10 people are allowed in public events, and restrictions for restaurants and cafes are enforced until February 28, 2021. CNN states that “Businesses there must stop serving alcoholic beverages by 10 p.m. and those that primarily serve alcohol must close by 11 p.m., while other food and beverage service businesses may remain open until midnight at the latest.”

France: While having no limits on children, only 6 adults are allowed to meet at one time. France’s curfew once started at 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. but now is extended from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Exceptions to the curfew will be made on Christmas Eve, but not New Year’s Eve. Restaurants and cafes are planned to reopen on January 20, 2021.

Germany: Non-essential shops will close until January 10, 2021. Like other nations, only 10 people are able to meet from only two households. Church events can be held, but no singing will be allowed. Alcohol will be banned from all public spaces, and any firework display will be canceled. 

Greece: Until January 7, 2021, schools, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, and skiing centers will remain shut. A nighttime curfew and a ban traveling is also enforced until January 7. Shopping is closed but some exceptions can be made during the holiday season. 

Ireland: From December 18 to January 6th, traveling between countries is permitted. A household can meet up with no more than two other households in one period. 

Italy: Traveling has been banned on Christmas holiday, not even traveling to vacation homes is not allowed. A national curfew stars at 10 p.m. and restaurants have to close no later than 6 p.m. with regions with higher infected numbers. 

Switzerland: Restaurants and bars have to close at 7 p.m. and sporting and cultural activities are limited to five people. Only 5 people from two households can meet, but the number will double to 10 people through December 24 to 26 and New Year’s Eve.

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