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Corona crisis What corona measures apply in other European countries?

In France there is a wide mask requirement.imago images / Jan Huebner

Germany is in the middle of the second wave of the corona pandemic. Stricter measures have been in place since the beginning of November: restaurants and cultural establishments had to close again, hotels are no longer allowed to accommodate tourists, and contact restrictions apply. The situation is also worsening in other European countries. Which countries take which measures?


Italy was particularly hard hit at the beginning of the pandemic. The number of infections there is also rising sharply again: Most recently, the country recorded more than 35,000 new infections per day, and the number of daily deaths also rose significantly to 580 (as of November 11).

In Italy there is currently a strict mask requirement: in closed rooms, on public transport and everywhere where a sufficient safety distance cannot be maintained. Mouth and nose protection must also be worn in large parts outdoors. In addition, a distance of at least one meter must be maintained – in group sports it is two meters.

The Italian government set three risk levels in a decree on November 3rd. The applicable rules vary – as in some cases in Germany – depending on the situation in the regions of the country. However, there are also regulations that apply to the whole of Italy: cultural institutions such as theaters, concert halls and cinemas had to close again, as well as discos. Sports events, celebrations, festivals, trade fairs and other major events are also prohibited. There is an urgent recommendation for private households to avoid parties. Probably the most drastic measure is the curfew, which applies between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. During this period, only people who need to see a doctor or go to work are allowed to be outside. In addition, the authorities can close certain public places after 9 p.m. if it is likely that a crowd will form there.

Hotels are still allowed to accept tourists as long as they adhere to strict hygiene measures and keep a safe distance. In regions with a low risk, catering establishments can continue to open between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. Only four people are allowed to sit at a table, unless they come from the same household, in which case more are allowed. In regions with a medium or high risk, the establishments have to close. In both cases, food can be sold and delivered outside the home until 10 p.m. For traveling within Italy, regulations also apply depending on the level of risk: If the risk is low, you can travel between the regions without any problems; there must be important reasons for traveling to or from regions with a higher risk.


Sweden has been known for its special way since the outbreak of the corona pandemic. While many countries have already imposed drastic restrictions, life in Sweden went largely without restrictions. The number of infections is now rising again in Sweden – the Scandinavian country recently reported 4160 cases. Most recently, three people per day died of a corona infection in Sweden (as of November 11).

Sweden continues to follow a special path: So far there is no obligation to wear mouth and nose protection in public or on public transport. Events with up to 50 participants are still allowed – up to 300 participants if the audience is seated and the participants are at least one meter away. Hotels remain open, but have to adhere to hygiene rules – as do restaurants. A maximum of eight people can sit at one table here. The federal government will classify Sweden as a risk area from Sunday.


France recently reported more than 22,000 new corona cases a day. There are currently 1220 people dying from Corona every day (as of November 11).

Stricter measures have also been in effect in France since October 30th. A mask must always be worn in closed public places. Everyone over the age of 11 must wear a mask in all publicly accessible, closed places, on public transport, in restaurants, cafes and bars. Masks are also required in school – but not in kindergartens. In addition, a one meter safety distance should always be maintained.

In general, events with more than six people are prohibited in France. Hotels, restaurants, museums and other cultural heritage sites must have been in operation since October 30th. stay closed. You cannot travel freely in France at the moment, only travel for important reasons is allowed. From the EU, however, you can still travel to France. For travelers from outside the Schengen area, the following applies: You must present a negative PCR test upon entry.

Great Britain

Different regulations apply in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Great Britain recently recorded more than 33,000 new infections and 563 deaths in one day (as of November 13).

A mask must be worn in public transport, supermarkets and hospitals. In England, a lockdown has been in effect from November 5th until December 2nd, which includes the closure of restaurants, cultural venues, sports and leisure facilities. Numerous retail stores have to close too – only supermarkets and selected stores that are classified as necessary are allowed to remain open. People are only allowed to leave their homes for a “valid reason”, such as a doctor’s visit or work. Meetings are only allowed with one other person from another household and must take place in the fresh air. Hotels are closed, tourists are currently not allowed to enter. Schools and universities are still open.

A five-stage package of measures has been in place in Scotland since November 2nd. The administrative units are arranged in levels and the classification is adjusted once a week. Different measures apply depending on the level at which a location is located. In Wales, on the other hand, the lockdown was ended on November 9th: shops and restaurants were allowed to reopen, as well as schools. In Northern Ireland, on the other hand, tough measures were imposed until November 20th. Mouth and nose protection is compulsory in public transport and in shops. Restaurants are closed and can only sell outside the home. Even in their own homes, people are no longer allowed to meet other households, and private overnight stays are also prohibited. In your own garden, however, you can meet up to six relatives from two households, as long as the distance and hygiene rules are observed.

Since November 7th, travelers from Germany have to go into quarantine for 14 days if they want to enter the UK. Tourist travel to England is currently not allowed.


Austria recently reported 3839 new corona infections per day. The last 35 people died there every day from a corona infection (as of November 11th).

In Austria, a mask is mandatory in grocery stores, public transport and events that take place indoors. In addition, a minimum distance of one meter must be maintained in public places. Since November 3rd all events are prohibited. Only six people from a maximum of two households are allowed to meet – a maximum of six minors are allowed to join. Hotels in Austria have been allowed to operate since November 3rd. only accept business travelers, but no longer tourists. Restaurants and other catering establishments may only sell or deliver their goods outside the home. Museums and theaters are closed, as are gyms and swimming pools. The Austrian ski areas are also closed to the general public.

There is also a curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. During this period, people are only allowed outside for important reasons, for example when they go to work. Whether you are allowed to enter Austria without a negative corona test depends on where you have been in the last ten days. For example, if you were only in Germany, you can enter without restrictions.


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