Much Of Europe Is Going Into ‘Lockdown’ Again W/ Curfews & Some Even Considering Mandatory Orders & Huge Fines As CCPV Cases Spike
Just as we suspected, as the weather gets colder again in higher latitude climates (such as Europe) the CCP Virus cases are spiking, according to new data. While Sweden has remained mostly ‘open’ and to left it to their citizens how to handle their own safety, while merely providing guidance and advice as to how to avoid contracting the virus, the rest of Europe as reacted with varying degrees of severity.
Just as in the United States, the guidelines vary by jurisdiction. Across the pond this ranges from mandatory mask wearing everywhere but in one’s home to government imposed curfews for bars and restaurants. Scientists in some countries, such as Italy, who has been among the hardest hit, are even floating the idea of new lockdowns.
The increased regulations on personal behavior and mask wearing comes shortly after the WHO issued a warning about the economic effects of lockdowns. It was just four (4) days ago that Fox News reported ‘WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns due to economic damage.’
WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview.
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro said.’
Due to the draconian and ever changing nature of Facebook’s ‘fact checkers,’ I will refrain from commenting on what I think about the WHO, lockdowns, masks, or anything dealing with CV-19 for that matter.
According to Stars and Stripes, ‘Italy’s spike of more than 7,000 coronavirus cases in one day this week, surpassing a previous high during the pandemic’s first wave in March, is causing scientists to predict another countrywide lockdown around Christmas.‘
‘Portugal alert level raised to state of calamity again,’ read a headline in ThePortugalNews.com earlier today. The outlet went on to explain that Portugal was announcing 8 new, or revised, measures to combat the virus, including ‘ “Increase fines up to €10,000 applicable in commercial and catering establishments that do not ensure scrupulous compliance with the rules in force regarding the capacity and the security distance that is necessary to ensure those within are safe.’
Portugal is far from the only European nation tightening restrictions on it’s citizens, here is a short list of what France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and Ireland are doing.
Here is what it looks like in a few of them according to the BBC:
France: Night-time curfew in nine cities
A curfew in Paris and eight other cities, affecting about 22 million people, will come into effect on 17 October and last at least four weeks.
People in the capital, as well as Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier will have to stay at home from 21:00 to 06:00. Only essential trips will be permitted.
Schools will remain open with travel between regions allowed during the day. Only six people will be allowed to gather inside private homes.
Lyon, Lille, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne became zones of “maximum alert” on Saturday 10 October. Bars and restaurants had to close, as they did in Paris earlier that week and Marseille last month.
Across France, gatherings are limited to 10 people and wedding receptions, students’ parties and other organised gatherings in hired locations are banned.
Face coverings are compulsory in enclosed public spaces throughout France, while specific areas have introduced additional rules.
In Paris and surrounding areas, face coverings must be worn outdoors by anyone aged 11 and over. Hundreds of other municipalities across France have the same rule, including Toulouse, Nice, Lille and Lyon.
Masks must also be worn in most workplaces.
Spain: State of emergency in Madrid
The Spanish government imposed a 15-day state of emergency in Madrid and surrounding areas which started on Friday.
The restrictions on Madrid and nearby cities are being enforced by 7,000 police.
City officials have challenged the government over the situation, saying cases are down and a state of emergency is unjustified.
Almost five million people are affected by the restrictions, which mean:
-People cannot leave or enter Madrid for non-essential reasons, although going to work and school is allowed
-No social contact between different areas
-Hotels and restaurants are limited to 50% capacity and must close at 23:00
-Businesses limited to 50% capacity and must shut by 22:00
-Family and social gatherings limited to six people
-Places of worship restricted to a third of normal attendance
Catalan authorities have ordered all bars and restaurants in the region to close, from 15 October, for two weeks. They can provide takeaway services only.
Face masks have to be worn by anyone over the age of six on all forms of public transport and indoor public spaces.
Most regions in Spain have made masks obligatory outdoors as well.
Netherlands: A partial four-week lockdown
From 14 October, all bars, restaurants and coffee shops have closed and only been able to serve takeaways.
The sale of alcohol in shops and restaurants is banned after 20:00, and you are not allowed to drink alcohol in public after that time.
All shops, apart from supermarkets, must close by 20:00 across the country.
People are advised to stay at home and work from home as much as possible. A maximum of three people can visit your home per day, and only four can meet outside, but both rules exclude children under 13.
Events like open-air concerts and funfairs are banned.
The measures will stay in place for at least four weeks.
Previous measures, such as wearing masks on public transport, shops and other indoor places, will also continue to apply.
Schools, gyms, swimming polls and saunas will stay open, and children under the age of 18 can continue playing amateur sports.
Italy: Face masks compulsory outdoors
Italy has made it mandatory to wear face masks in outdoor spaces across the country in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.
Italians must also wear masks indoors everywhere except in private homes.
In schools, face masks are obligatory for all children over the age of six when they move around the building.
Several new rules will be in place until at least 13 November: bars and restaurants have to close by 24:00, or 21:00 if they don’t have table service. People cannot gather outside bars and restaurants between 21:00 and 06:00.
There is also a ban on parties in all indoor and outdoor venues, but wedding and other receptions can go ahead with a maximum of 30 people.
The province of Latina near Rome has been put under new measures after a spike in cases. The measures are
-A midnight curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants
-No more than four people per table at restaurants
-A limit of 20 people at parties and religious ceremonies
-A ban on visitors at hospitals and care homes
-A recommendation for people to work remotely as much as possible
Greece: New measures in Athens
Masks are now compulsory in all public indoor spaces and on all public transport in Greece.
In September, tighter restrictions came into force in the Attica region, which includes Athens: face masks have to be worn at work and in all crowded outdoor places.
There have also been further local restrictions introduced on some of the Greek islands, and free on-the-spot testing has been offered to people arriving on the mainland from those particular islands.
Republic of Ireland: No indoor dining or household visits
Indoor restaurant dining in Dublin was banned on 19 September for three weeks and all non-essential travel discouraged, after a surge in recent cases.
The ban was extended to the rest of the country in October. Restaurants can still open for takeaways or outdoor dining.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people.
Household visits are now banned, until at least 10 November, except for visits on compassionate grounds or for childcare.
Those aged over 70 are again being asked to stay at home as much as possible, and people are being encouraged to work from home if possible.
There have also been a number of local lockdowns.
Do you think the United States will follow suit? Do you think we should?
Editor’s Note: For the record, the word ‘lockdown’ is broad and subjective. We are using it in our headline because nearly every single article we have read while researching for this article has used the word as well.