The Swiss government on Wednesday announced further easing of its Covid-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to reopen outdoor terraces from next week and sports events to take place with audiences, Reuters reported.
Fresh lockdowns and curfews were imposed on tens of millions of people from India to Argentina on Saturday, as Covid-19 infections surged again and vaccine roll-outs were hampered by shortages and scares over side effects, AFP reported.
The Vatican Museums will reopen on 3 May with more stringent Covid-19 norms, ANSA reported, citing the museums official statement. These will include obligatory bookings, punctuality in turning up, face masks, and distancing of over a meter.
The Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg was fined over violation of country’s quarantine rules, Reuters reported. Solberg organized a party to celebrate her birthday but thus violated rules for social distancing. The fine is $2,352, police chief Ole Saeverud elaborated at a news conference. The two-term Prime Minister apologised last month for organising an event for her 60th birthday with 13 family members at a mountain resort in late February, despite a government ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is mulling plans to take control from local federal governments in a move to introduce further restrictions on regions with high numbers of new Covid-19 cases, Reuters reported. Merkel’s plans are in line with Germany’s attempts to curb a third wave of the pandemic. The federal government is due to introduce draft legislation next week.
British PM Boris Johnson said on Monday his government was hopeful that non-essential international travel would restart from 17 May, following the unveiling of a new traffic light system, news wires reported.
Greece is extending restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April and on international flights until 19 April as the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Reuters reported. Passengers flying to Greece must receive a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival and undergo random testing for COVID-19. All foreign travellers are quarantined for seven days.
France has entered its third strict national lockdown with tough restrictions as it faces a surge in new cases of Covid-19 that threatens to flood the country's hospitals, BBC reported. All schools and non-essential shops will shut for four weeks, and a curfew will be in place from 19:00 to 06:00. However, President Emmanuel Macron has promised more hospital beds for Covid patients.
The Spanish government announced a new law that will require people to wear face masks outdoors at all times including on beaches, Reuters reported. The new law related to pandemic restrictions would apply to outdoor areas across the whole of Spain and include places like swimming pools and beaches. It would also apply even to areas that are not busy and where social distancing is not a problem.