Europe is being shut down for Christmas вЂ” due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and also because of the emergence of the new, mutated strain of the coronavirus. During the new lockdown, Europeans will only be able to buy food and medicine, and outraged businessmen who are losing money are coming out to protests.
One by one, European countries are imposing a hard lockdown, almost as much as they did in the spring. They are closing literally everything: shopping malls and small non-food stores, schools, and kindergartens.
In Belgium, a curfew was introduced вЂ” it is forbidden to go out after 9 p.m. Who gets caught is fined up to half a thousand euros.
Great Britain, London
It is prohibited most of all in Britain. There you can go out only to work, store or pharmacy. All because of a new, mutated strain of the coronavirus.
And Brits rushed to empty the supermarket shelves.
вЂњThe shelves with Christmas goods are almost empty, apparently this is where most people buy up because all the other stores are closed,вЂќ shares a Londoner.
In Germany, only supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, and the post office will be open at least until January 10. For several days the death rate from the coronavirus has been breaking records вЂ” about a thousand people a day.
Germans, however, are outraged by the authorities' decision to impose a quarantine just before the Christmas holidays.
вЂњWe should have introduced the lockdown back in November, a quiet month when nothing happens. But not in December, when many companies have New Year's parties and restaurants can make a little more money,вЂќ said a local resident.
A strict quarantine for at least 5 weeks, until mid-January, was imposed by the Netherlands.
Local hospitals canceled all scheduled surgeries; not enough medics are available to work with COVID-19 patients.
Italians will have to spend the Christmas holidays at home. Tomorrow there will be a lockdown in the country: restaurants and bars will be closed, and travel between regions will be banned.
In Rome, hundreds of people came out to protest.
вЂњBecause of the government's actions, businesses are dying everywhere. Please offer not flowers, but compensation instead,вЂќ a man on the street is indignant.
Czech Republic, Prague.
After Christmas, the Czech Republic plans to close non-food stores and impose a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in addition to restaurants, hotels, and gyms.
France, which also has a ban on night walks, promises to make an exception only for one night вЂ” Christmas вЂ” to lift the curfew.
The country is still closed all entertainment facilities at least until January 20. However, doctors admit that the spread of the virus is still not under control.
вЂњThe epidemic is not under control at all, despite all the efforts of recent months,вЂќ says Karin Lacombe, head of the department of infectious diseases at the hospital.
At the same time, France today partially resumed communication with Great Britain. Allowed its citizens and Britons who have residency permits returning to France, provided they test negative for the coronavirus.