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the noose is tightening in Europe, new restrictions in several countries

We are obviously not done with the virus yet. Despite the hopes raised by vaccination, the virus continues to rebound from one end of the globe to the other and concern is growing among tourism professionals. Because at present, it is Europe that again seems to be the epicenter of the epidemic. To the point that the WHO fears a new carnage by February. “The current rate of transmission in the 53 countries of the European region is very worrying (…), lamented Hans Kluge, the Europe director of the WHO. If we stay on this trajectory, we could see another half million deaths from Covid-19 in the region by February,” he warned.

A situation that is all the more worrying for the sector as Europe is the playing field to which many TOs have had to restrict themselves, which hope in particular to sell city-breaks for the end of the year celebrations.

“The epidemiological situation in the EU is currently characterized by a rapid and significant increase in cases and a low but slowly rising mortality rate”, summarizes the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). “Cases, hospitalizations and the number of deaths are all expected to increase over the next two weeks,” the European agency said on Friday.

Of the 27, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Slovenia are in the highest category of concern.

Countries in the ‘worrying’ category include Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania and Slovakia.

New restrictions since Friday

Since last Friday, the race against the virus has accelerated. Austria has thus become the first country to decide to reconfine only people who are not vaccinated or not cured of Covid. The country had already decided to deploy the rule of “2G”, “vaccinated” or “cured” in German, for access to a number of tourist facilities, in particular hotels or cable cars, in ski resorts. The Austrian government has indicated that it will reassess the effectiveness of this measure in about ten days.

In Germany, the epidemic is also racing. Last Thursday, the country crossed the 50,000 contamination mark in a single day, a first since the start of the pandemic. From this Monday, Berlin prohibits access to bars, restaurants without terraces, theaters and other places of leisure for unvaccinated people, de facto transforming its health pass into a vaccination pass. Further restrictions are expected across the country in the coming days. The country is preparing for a massive return to teleworking.

The Netherlands also announced Friday a partial containment including a curfew and the use of telework for three weeks. At the end of this three-week period, access to catering and leisure facilities should also be reserved for people vaccinated or cured of Covid-19.

On the same day, Iceland also announced a strengthening of its measures to fight Covid-19, limiting public gatherings to 50 people, and restricting the opening hours of certain places. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs must therefore close at 10 p.m. Wearing a mask had already been made compulsory again a few days earlier in certain places, and the gauges lowered.

Denmark has reintroduced the health pass, Norway has also announced new restrictions at national level.

France, for its part, has introduced the strengthening of controls at its borders with eight European countries since November 13. Non-vaccinated travelers from eight European countries must now present a negative PCR or antigen test within 24 hours to enter French territory. ” Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia are placed under surveillance within the European area, with, for entry into France from this country, the requirement of a test of less than 24 hours for non-vaccinated people”, details the site. of the government. Some exceptions remain, however, depending on the duration, distance or reason for the trip (see here).

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