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Factbox: Europe begins to reintroduce COVID-19 restrictions

A woman walks past closed Christmas market stalls, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Munich, Germany, Nov. 19, 2021. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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Nov. 19 (Reuters) – Germany warned it may have to move into a full COVID-19 lockdown after Austria said it would become the first country in Western Europe to reintroduce the measure to tackle rising infections.

With growing concerns that this could stall a recovery in the regional economy, here’s a snapshot of some of the measures in place or about to be imposed. read more

GERMANY – In places where the number of hospital admissions exceeds a certain threshold, access to public, cultural and sporting events and to restaurants is restricted to those who have been vaccinated or recovered. Anyone who has not been vaccinated must present a negative test result on public transport and at work.

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FRANCE – Since July, France has required people to show a vaccination certificate to enter public places such as theaters or museums, and in August extended the rule to restaurants and long-distance trains. President Emmanuel Macron has so far ruled out another lockdown, which he says is unnecessary due to the vaccination certificate.

ITALI – Since October 15, it has been mandatory for all public and private sector workers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from an infection. So far, no other relevant restrictions have been imposed.

SPAIN – Has almost all restrictions lifted, but a handful of regions have capacity limits for bars, and Catalonia requires customers to show a COVID pass at nightclubs.

THE NETHERLANDS – Bars, restaurants and shops must close early until at least December 4 and fans are allowed to attend all sporting events until then. Proof of a COVID-19 shot, recent recovery from infection or a negative coronavirus test is required for entry to all bars, restaurants and other events, where attendance is limited to a maximum of 1,250.

AUSTRIA – As of Monday, there will be a full lockdown with non-essential shops closed and the public will only be allowed to leave their homes for a limited number of reasons, such as going to work. (Until Monday a lockdown that only applies to people who are not fully vaccinated).

BELGI – Belgians have to work from home four days a week and masks are mandatory indoors for everyone aged 10 and older. In cafes and restaurants, COVID passes, vaccination, negative tests or recent recovery are required.

DENMARK – The “corona pass”, which confirms that the holder has been vaccinated or tested negative, was reintroduced nationwide in November for visits to restaurants, cafes, retirement homes and indoor events with more than 200 people.

LUXEMBOURG – COVID passes required in cafes and restaurants and up to 10 people can meet indoors without wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

GREECE – Starting next Monday, unvaccinated people will be banned from indoor spaces, including restaurants, cinemas, museums and gyms, even if they test negative.

ROMANIA – Access to most non-essential public places, except food stores and pharmacies, is only allowed for people who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus. Shops close at 9pm and unvaccinated people are required to observe a curfew.

CZECH REPUBLIC – From November 22, only vaccinated people or people who have recovered from infection will be allowed to go to restaurants, cultural and sporting events. Companies must regularly test unvaccinated employees, schools will test children. Government recommends working from home. Foreseen until February.

SLOVAKIA – From November 22, events, restaurants, non-essential shops and shopping centers may only be vaccinated. In the worst affected areas, restaurants will only serve takeaway and facilities such as gyms will be closed. Unvaccinated workers will be required to undergo regular testing or be banned from the workplace. Measures planned for three weeks.

PORTUGAL – The EU digital COVID-19 certificate is required to enter nightclubs and major events, as well as travel.

SWEDEN – After lifting almost all restrictions in recent months, authorities will require COVID-19 vaccination passes at indoor events with more than 100 people from December 1.

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Reporting by European agencies, compiled by Mark John, editing by Giles Elgood

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