Restrictions in place in European countries as Irish holidaymakers forced to cancel trips

As Europe has once again become the epicenter of Covid-19, many holidaymakers fear their Christmas vacation plans will be curtailed.

Several European countries have seen a sharp increase in the number of recorded daily Covid cases, prompting them to reintroduce public health measures.

Ireland has also seen a wave of Covid in recent weeks with Taoiseach Micheal Martin due to announce new measures as he addresses the country tonight.

However, some will be more concerned that the money they spent on organizing a party trip will be threatened as Europe reintroduces restrictions.

Here are the public health measures in place in other European countries.


Austria has placed in containment those who are not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said: “We do not take this step lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary”.

Scenes at Dublin Airport Terminal 1 this afternoon.

Unvaccinated people will only be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons such as working or buying food.

Children under 12 and people recently recovered from Covid will be exempt from confinement.


The Netherlands returned to a partial lockdown on Saturday after the government ordered restaurants and shops to close early and banned spectators from major sporting events.

Restaurants, bars and supermarkets will close at 8 p.m. and non-essential shops at 6 p.m. During this time, schools, theaters and cinemas will remain open.

Social distancing measures have been reimposed, with no more than four visitors allowed in a home.

People are advised to work from home whenever possible.


Norway has reintroduced measures to curb the increase in coronavirus cases, such as allowing cities to use health passes.

The country has also offered a third dose of the vaccine for people over 18, but confirmed it will not impose a new lockdown.

Adults who have been in contact with a positive case should be tested, and unvaccinated health workers should be tested twice a week and wear masks.


Latvian employers are allowed to fire employees who refuse to be vaccinated since Monday.

Unvaccinated people are also not allowed to enter shopping malls larger than 1,500 square meters.

Security guards are in place to check the customer’s Covid status before entering.

Unvaccinated employees can be put on three months of “unpaid involuntary leave” and then fired with one month’s salary in compensation if they still refuse to be vaccinated.

However, the government said it ended the nighttime curfew that confined people to their homes between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.


The German capital, Berlin, joined several German states on Monday in limiting access to restaurants, cinemas, museums and concert halls to people who have been vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid.

Only 67.5% of the German population is fully vaccinated.


Iceland has tightened its Covid rules for the second time since the start of the month after reaching new records in daily infection rates.

Public gatherings will be limited to 50 people instead of the previous 500, and swimming pools and gyms will only operate at 75% of their capacity.


The Belgian government is proposing a meeting to decide on stricter measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed to Wednesday so that the approved measures could be operational by the weekend.


When entering an enclosed space, the mask is mandatory.

They are also mandatory when the visitor cannot stay 1.5 meters from others.

For large venues with many guests, you may need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Alternatively, customers can provide a negative COVID-19 test. Some sites offer rapid on-site testing.

Weddings can have up to 120 guests if all guests are vaccinated or have a negative viral test.


Spain has so far not seen the same peak in Covid cases as other European countries, but some regions are seeing an increase in infections.

The country has suggested it will tighten restrictions to avoid a sixth wave on Christmas.


The center of France has reintroduced the wearing of the mask outside.

The new rules mean that masks must be worn in outdoor spaces, including outdoor markets, areas where the sanitary pass must be shown to enter and at public gatherings such as this week’s protests. on December 31.

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