How does France’s lockdown compare in Europe?


European countries are once again subject to various forms of lockdown in order to stem the spread of Covid-19.In France, which began a second national lockout on October 30, some politicians and doctors have called for tougher measures.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said: “We are clearly in ‘semi-containment’, people continue to walk in public spaces while this is where the virus is circulating. The explosion of COVID-19, the addition of other seasonal COVIDs and the flu may make the situation worse, ”he wrote on Twitter on November 4.

“If the incidence and bed occupancy rates in the intensive care units do not drop in the next eight days, I recommend tighter containment to give the economic recovery a chance in December and for the holidays.”

Professor Djillali Annane, head of the intensive care unit at Raymond Poincaré hospital in Garches, just outside Paris, told FranceInfo, “we are spoiling this lockdown”.

She called for the closure of all non-essential businesses, as well as high schools.

France’s lockdown

France’s lockdown was introduced on October 30 and is expected to last at least until December 1, although it can be extended if the number of daily coronavirus cases does not fall below 5,000 per day during that time.

People are only supposed to leave their homes to go to work (if they cannot work from home), do essential groceries, exercise for up to an hour a day, or seek help from emergency.

They must also have an exemption certificate (travel certificate) for each trip. This rule is specific to France.

All non-essential stores are closed, including hairdressers. Social gatherings are prohibited.

However, nurseries, nurseries, primary schools and high schools are still open.

Construction projects are also allowed to continue.

People are asked to work from home if possible.

England’s lockdown

England entered a nationwide lockdown on November 5 which is expected to remain in place until at least December 2.

Non-essential shops, hairdressers, bars and restaurants (except for take-out), and leisure and sports facilities are all closed.

Social gatherings are limited, although people are allowed to meet outdoors with other people in their support bubble or with another person.

Schools are open and, unlike France, universities are too.

Places of worship are open.

Lockdown of Germany

Germany entered a partial lockdown on November 2. This means the closure of cinemas, theaters, gymnasiums, swimming pools, as well as restaurants and bars (except for take-out).

People are limited to interacting with one other household and a maximum of 10 people.

Schools and daycares are open, as are shops and hairdressers (with additional rules such as no queuing and social distancing measures). Places of worship are also open.

The measures will remain in effect until November 30.

Wales Lock

Wales introduced a so-called ‘firewall lockdown’ on October 23, which will last until November 9.

This means that people should stay at home except for limited purposes such as shopping or healthcare.

Most non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, are closed.

Learning in high school is done online, while elementary schools and daycares remain open.

On November 9, Wales will relax many rules, with bars, restaurants and other businesses allowed to reopen. However, the social distancing rules will still be in place.

Lockdown of the Republic of Ireland

Ireland entered a form of lockdown on October 22 which is expected to last six weeks and will be reviewed after four.

People are encouraged to stay at home except for essential reasons. No social gathering is allowed at home or in the gardens, but people can meet outside with another household.

People are also allowed to exercise within three miles of their homes. It’s more lenient than in France, where the distance is set at one kilometer, up to an hour.

Many non-essential stores are closed, are bars and restaurants (except for takeout).

Nurseries and schools are still open and construction work is underway.

Lockdown of Italy

Four regions, Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta and Calabria are under a red zone lockdown in Italy.

With very rare exceptions, no one will be able to leave or enter the “red zone” regions.

This is similar to France, where regional travel is prohibited.

Residents of the Italian red zones must stay at home, except when going to work or buying essentials. They can also exercise near their homes while wearing masks.

Non-essential shops, bars, restaurants and hairdressers are closed in these areas.

Schools across Italy will remain open, but older students will need to take distance learning.

There is now a 50% maximum capacity on public transport nationwide.

Learn more about France’s lockdown:

France Lockdown: Your FAQ on Covid-19 containment rules

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