Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Belgium not so strict compared to the neighboring countries


Major easing is not imminent, because there will only be sufficient certainty from May that more freedoms will not lead to a new peak in our country. But how strict are the measures in Belgium, compared to our neighboring countries?

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) tries to temper expectations in response to the Consultation Committee on Friday. The point at which the risk of a third corona wave ‘seriously diminishes’ is not far off. Major easing is unlikely to happen before May, according to models that biostatistician Niel Hens explained yesterday.

The shops and hairdressers could already open in our country, but you are not allowed on the street between midnight and 5 am (even between 10 pm and 6 am in Brussels and Wallonia). In addition, telework is compulsory, pupils in the second and third stages of secondary education mainly receive distance education and social contact is limited to one hug contact per person. Outside you can meet with a maximum of 4 people. How strict are things in our neighboring countries?

France

The course of the crisis in our country can best be compared with the situation in France. There was a peak after the Christmas holidays, but the situation has been stable since mid-January.

France has been strict for months curfew. No one is allowed to leave the house from 6 pm. Homework is compulsory if possible, but schools are open. Children from 6 years are obliged to wear a mouth mask. An exception applies to universities, where distance learning is organized, libraries are only open by appointment.

Non-essential stores are, like the hairdressers, open but must close at 6pm. Large shopping centers are closed, as are the bars, restaurants, cinemas, theater, museums and fitness centers. Religious buildings and public services will remain open, hotels are also open, but only room service is possible.

Travelers from the EU must be able to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in France.

Mondmaskers are compulsory almost everywhere, including outdoors in busy areas. Private meetings should be kept to a minimum, at home people can receive up to six adults.

The Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the lockdown already at least until March 2, 2021, which means that eateries, non-essential shops, gyms, libraries, cinemas, nightclubs, businesses with non-medical contact professions, theaters, museums, theme parks, animal parks and swimming pools will be closed. Events are prohibited, as are exceptions for funerals, weddings, demonstrations and markets.

Hairdressers, driving school owners and beauticians are not allowed to work. (Para) medical contact professions such as a dentist or physiotherapist are allowed to work.

Until Wednesday night 3 March there is also talk of a curfew between 9 pm and 4.30 am. Whether it remains in force will be decided on Friday. The non-essential stores are still there, but orders can be picked up from 10 February. Primary schools and childcare locations have been open since February 8. Other types of education are organized online until March 1.

There are restrictions for it to travel, both within and outside the Netherlands. Public transport only applies to necessary journeys, and Dutch people are asked not to travel abroad unless it is really necessary. Anyone traveling to the Netherlands must be able to present a negative PCR test and be quarantined for ten days.

In addition, a number of general rules apply, keeping a distance of a meter and a half, working from home, mandatory mouth mask in public indoor spaces, and limiting visits to a maximum of one guest per day. Outside, groups of a maximum of two people from different households or one household may come together.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a press conference on the corona measures on Tuesday evening. The controversial curfew remains in effect, but the hairdressers may be allowed to get back to work.

Germany

Germany is federally organized, the federal states have a lot of freedom to determine the measures and rules as decided by the federal government themselves. There is one lockdown until March 7, many shops will remain closed, tourist overnight stays are prohibited and restaurants, theaters, cinemas and leisure parks will remain closed. But the hairdressers may open their doors from 1 March, but there are also prospects for a few other sectors. With a stable incidence of 7 days of a maximum of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the following steps can be taken by the federal states.

Of schools being open depends on the federal states, including the curfew depends on the region. Homework is stimulated as much as possible. Private travel and visits are not recommended.

Germany opts for medical mondmaskers on public transport and in shops. In the German bubble only one person from outside the household is admitted.

The next federal state meeting is scheduled for March 3.

Luxembourg

There is also one in Luxembourg curfew, between 11 pm and 6 am it is forbidden to go outside. Restaurants, cafes and bars are closed, hotels are open, but only room service is possible.

Meetings are allowed both indoors and outdoors, with a maximum number of 100 people. All stores are open, with a restriction on the number of customers. Sports can take place both indoors and outdoors.

A mouth mask is mandatory on public transport and a distance of 1.5 meters is recommended.

United Kingdom

In the UK is a strict one lockdown in effect. Residents are not allowed to leave the house, unless with explicit permission. Exceptions are going to the store or going to work, playing sports, or seeking medical attention. Relaxations are scheduled from 8 March.

Schools are only open to vulnerable children, or the children of caregivers. All other children receive distance learning.

It is recommended that you keep two meters away from anyone not in the bubble.



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