Corona restrictions ease across Europe

14 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being urged to postpone lifting all further legal restrictions on social contact on 21 June as cases of the Delta variant first detected in India continue to surge.

France: After the seven-day average of new daily infections fell from 16,600 to 5,100 over the past month, France entered the third phase of its relaxation on Wednesday. The nationwide curfew was pushed back from 9pm to 11pm, allowing cafes and restaurants to serve indoors at 50 percent capacity and non-essential shops to welcome one customer per four sq metres.

Germany: With infection rates plunging, the country’s 16 states have begun opening up – although each sets its own rules. Berlin lifted its curfew and eased restrictions on shopping from 19 May, allowed outdoor dining from 21 May, and indoor dining (with a negative test) from 4 June. Germany said on Friday it would lift a general travel warning for risk regions that have a seven-day incidence rate of below 200 from 1 July.

Spain: The rolling daily case average has fallen from 5,900 to 3,900 in four weeks. The national government has introduced a new traffic-light system of restrictions, placing regions in one of five risk categories according to their seven- and 14-day incidence rate and the percentage of hospital and ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Italy: Its rolling seven-day average of new daily cases has fallen from 9,100 to 2,100 in the past month, recently hitting a level last seen in October 2020. All the country’s regions are expected to be classified as low-risk by the end of June and cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and theatres have partially reopened in most of them since 26 April.

Indoor restaurant service resumed from 1 June and the country’s curfew, which was pushed back by an hour to midnight on 7 June, will be lifted from 21 June.