Thunder Bay – COVID-19 Update – The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives for much of 2020. The holiday season, Christmas and New Years are now facing severe restrictions in many jurisdictions.
In Montreal and Quebec, as well as Toronto, Winnipeg, Peel Region and Alberta, there are increasing restrictions.
In Europe there are more restrictions. Italy, France and England impose new strict restrictions.
Italy, which has seen 68,000 people die from the virus, has adopted extremely strict lockdown restrictions.
Globally, what are these COVID-19 restrictions?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings cannot take place and non-essential shops must close in London. The same status is applied in much of southern England. Johnson is imposing a new, higher level of COVID-19 restrictions in the region to curb the rapid spread of infections.
Johnson says London, the capital, as well as other areas in southern England currently under Level 3, the highest level of coronavirus restrictions, will move to a new, even stricter Level 4 that will force stores not essentials, hairdressers and indoor leisure places to close after the end of opening hours on Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Level 4 restrictions for the south and east of England
From midnight on Sunday December 20, 2020, level four restrictions will apply in all level three zones in the south and east of England.
In South East England, the affected areas are:
- Greater London (the 32 boroughs and the city of London)
- Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes)
- Surrey (sauf Waverley)
- Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth
- Rother et Hastings
In the east of England, the affected areas are:
- Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)
Residents will be issued a home support order – although those who have to travel to study or work may continue to do so.
Social mixing will be limited to meeting another person outside of your household in an open public space.
All non-essential businesses will be closed, along with hairdressers, nail bars and indoor entertainment venues.
The support bubbles are not affected, as are the exemptions for separated parents and their children.
No one at level four will be allowed to join the Christmas Day bubbles from levels one to three.
The measures will be officially reviewed on December 30, 2020.
- From December 21, 2020 to January 6, 2021 it is forbidden, on the national territory, to enter and leave between the territories of different regions or autonomous provinces.
- December 25 and 26, 2020 and January 1st, 2021 it will also be forbidden to move between the municipalities. This is without prejudice to movements motivated by proven work needs or situations of need, or health reasons.
- It is always allowed to return to your own residence, domicile or accommodation excluding trips to holiday / secondary homes located in another region or autonomous province. December 25 and 26, 2020 and January 1st2021, it will also not be possible to access a secondary / secondary residence located in another municipality;
- Curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is confirmed. On New Years Eve, It will be extended until 7 a.m. on January 1st, 2021;
- Italians going abroad for tourism from December 21 to January 6, must undergo a mandatory quarantine at their return. Foreign tourists arriving in Italy during the same period will also have to undergo a mandatory quarantine.
- Until January 6, 2021, retail will be allowed until 9 p.m.. On public holidays and before the holidays, all stores located in markets and shopping centers, shopping centers, shopping parks, business combinations and other similar structures will be closed, with the exception of pharmacies, para-pharmacies, health centers, food stores, agricultural and floricultural products, tobacconists and newsagents;
- From 6 p.m. on December 31, 2020 to 7 a.m. on January 1st, 2020, all catering service in hotels and other accommodation facilities will only be permitted room service.
Education and education activities and services for children continue to be fully implemented in the presence in preschool and all primary schools / first cycle of education.
From January 7, 2021, for secondary schools, the teaching activities in attendance must be guaranteed to 75% of the student population.
Ski facilities for amateur skiers are closed. From January 7, 2021, the facilities will be open to amateur skiers, only after the adoption of specific guidelines by the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces. These guidelines will have to be validated by the Scientific Technical Committee, in order to avoid assemblies of individuals and groups in general.
France has adopted tough restrictions against COVID-19.
A nighttime curfew is currently in force in mainland France. Between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., you can only leave your residence for the following reasons and with an exemption certificate:
- Getting to and from work, school or training place; take essential business trips that cannot be postponed;
- Medical appointments that cannot be made remotely or postponed;
- Essential family reasons, assistance to vulnerable people, people in a precarious situation or childcare;
- Disabled people and their companion;
- Judicial or administrative summons;
- Participate in a mission of general interest at the request of an administrative authority;
- Air or rail transit related to long distance travel;
- Walk a pet outdoors within 1 km of its place of residence and for a short time.
French businesses and services, including public libraries, are now open. However, as of December 19, 2020, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and gymnasiums remain closed. Public services remain open. Places of worship may open.
In France, you must wear a mask in all places.
In Finland, although the number of COVID-19 has increased, the government says that “Christmas is approaching, but this time the December celebrations from Independence Day to New Year should be planned as safely as possible in advance. “.
“Time spent with loved ones over Christmas is important, and like any other year, we don’t recommend spending Christmas alone. This year, however, it is advisable to celebrate only with your loved ones and be creative in meeting others. For the elderly, it is important to follow their wishes for Christmas ”, says Mika Salminen, Director of the National Institute of Health and Welfare.