Ideas for tougher quarantine: European know-how

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

We have compiled a selection of quarantine restrictions that apply in European countries. Compared to the lockdown rules in the EU countries, the plan of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for the weekend quarantine may not seem so scary.
16:08, 19 November 2020
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In the countries of the European Union, authorities in November began to impose a strict quarantine for citizens, restricting the operation of shops, gyms, cinemas, and schools. The list of quarantine measures varies greatly - in the UK it is forbidden to hold weddings, with the exception of only the terminally ill, and in Austria, you cannot meet more than one person a day in addition to your family, you must wear a mask even on the street on the central streets of Berlin, and the police are monitoring this...

Each of the EU countries also has an equally important point - a system of compensation for losses to businesses and company employees. For example, in the UK, an employee easily receives 80% of his salary from the state through the Furlough program, and an application can be quickly submitted online.

We have compiled a selection of quarantine restrictions that apply in European countries. Compared to the lockdown rules in the EU countries, the plan of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for the weekend quarantine may not seem so scary.


French Minister of Health Olivier Veran said yesterday that the country was able to cope with the peak of the "second wave" of coronavirus. In 10 days, the number of infections has decreased.

And this is all thanks to the introduction of strict quarantine:

  •     the prohibition to leave the house is allowed only for a good reason: to work, to the doctor, to the store, to help a loved one;
  •     higher education institutions worked online;
  •     where possible, others switched to distance learning.

Bars, restaurants, and shops, other than those selling essential goods, are closed. Public gatherings are also prohibited. The restrictions will be in effect until December 1.

Moving between regions is prohibited.

Schools in France were not closed, but at universities, education remained remote. Also, public institutions and other institutions, whose activities are important for the economy, continued to work.


Here on the night of October 4, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree on new restrictions, which will remain in effect until December 3. Italy woke up in the morning already divided into red, orange, and yellow zones.

The curfew throughout Italy will be in effect from 22:00.

After this time, everyone who goes outside must have confirmation of an important reason - a trip to work, urgent circumstances, or health issues.

Transport must be 50% full. Only junior grades attend school, the rest study online.

In the red zone, it is forbidden to leave the house, except for going to the supermarket or pharmacy. But beauty salons have remained open even in the red zone.

Museums, exhibition halls, gambling halls, and lotteries will have to close. Shopping centers will have to close on weekends and holidays. Only grocery stores, pharmacies, cigarette dealers, and the press kiosks will be allowed to operate on weekends.

Bars and restaurants will have to close at 18:00.


In neighboring Poland, cultural and trade institutions were closed from November 7 to November 29, students in grades 1-3 of schools will study remotely.

Teachers will receive 500 zlotys for the purchase of appropriate equipment necessary for conducting distance learning.

The work of museums, theaters, cinemas, shops, and shopping centers, except for pharmacies, grocery stores, and service institutions, is terminated.

Related: 1,348 new Covid-19 cases observed in Kyiv

Stores less than 100 sq. m can accommodate 1 person per 10 sq. m, in large stores - 1 person per 15 sq. m.

In Poland, hotels can only be used by people on business trips.


In Germany, government restrictions and obligations to wear masks have sparked large protests with clashes with the police.

The most massive demonstrations take place in Berlin, as well as in the financial capital Frankfurt am Main.

In Germany, a "soft lockdown" was announced in early November. Restaurants only sell takeaway food, while cinemas and theaters, hotels, gyms, and leisure centers are closed.

At the same time, schools and kindergartens will continue to work.

People are allowed to visit each other, but not to gather in companies of more than 10 people and more than two households.

Another interesting restriction was introduced in Berlin - here you must wear masks on the central streets, the police are watching this and asking you to observe security measures.

For patients at risk, the authorities promised to provide 15 protective masks of the FFP2 class for the winter at reduced prices.


In Austria, from November 17 to at least December 6, a strict lockdown was introduced.

Residents were obliged to stay at home, go outside only in important cases, for example, for groceries or to work. Before that, a curfew was in effect in the country.

During the day, an Austrian can only meet with one person besides his family. Thus, social contacts are limited.

Most of the stores will be closed, only pharmacies will remain open, as well as stores selling food and household chemicals.

Restaurants and cafes are open for delivery and takeaway only. Schools will also be closed here.


Belgium re-introduced strict quarantines on November 2, similar to the one in effect in March and April. The country consists of three regions, and each has its own parliament, which made the decision on quarantine. But from November 2, the lockdown was introduced throughout the country.

All shops have been closed, with the exception of grocery stores and those with delivery services.

School holidays are extended until November 16, and telecommuting is required wherever possible

In closed rooms, it is allowed to receive no more than one guest per family, in the open air - no more than four people, at the funeral no more than 15 people are allowed. Up to 4 people can go outside together.

A curfew has been introduced across the country - it is forbidden to leave the house between 12 am and 5 am.

The borders with the EU countries remain open, but the authorities do not recommend residents of Belgium to leave the country.


In Greece, the nationwide quarantine was re-introduced from November 7 and for at least three weeks. All retail stores are closed, travel between regions is stopped.

Citizens must text a government number to go to work, shop, see a doctor, or play sports.

Secondary schools have switched to distance learning. Kindergartens and elementary schools remained open.

The wearing of masks is mandatory in public places.

The government provides financial support to citizens in connection with the quarantine.

United Kingdom

Here, at least until December 2, there is a strict quarantine, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself was forced to go into self-isolation.

Closed places:

  •     retail stores;
  •     entertainment centers;
  •     gyms, theaters, museums;
  •     beauty salons, solariums, hairdressing salons.

Restaurants and pubs can operate takeaway and delivery service.

Hotels and hostels can only accept people traveling for work.

Another point is restrictions on leaving the house. You can leave home to buy basic necessities, go to the hospital, volunteer, study or work, do important legal deals, exercise, and pray.

British citizens can travel to people they care about or support.

Religious organizations are closed for services but may be available for individual prayers and funerals. The funeral can be attended by no more than 30 people. Weddings are not permitted unless one of the partners is seriously ill.

Universities, schools, colleges continued to work as usual.

The restrictions are tough, but a fairly effective business assistance system has been in place since spring. For example, the Furlough program in various variations (depending on whether an employee is suspended or switched to part-time employment, conditions were changed during quarantine) covered 80% of the salary of any employee from the state budget up to 2500 pounds per month.

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