Status: 04/28/2021 5:48 p.m.
In neighboring countries such as Switzerland, France or the Netherlands, event values are as high as in Germany, sometimes even higher. Nevertheless, one is already beginning to relax there. An overview.
Switzerland: Like being on another planet
If you come to Switzerland from Germany or France, you may feel like you are on another planet – the terraces of cafes and restaurants are full. Cinema, theater and concerts are also allowed, with a minimum of 50 spectators. Even in fitness studios you can sweat again from April 19th.
These events are the same as they were in Germany – now over 165 – Switzerland has decided differently: full trigger on openings, instead of emergency brakes. Although the Scientific Working Group, which advises the government on corona policy, advised against easing it, even if the guideline values initially set by the government were violated – for example the number of cases and the R-value. But the pressure on the economy was huge.
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health on Tuesday described the epidemic as “promising.” There is a certain confirmation of the number of new infections and hospital admissions. However, it is too early to see the effects of easing. Katherine Hondle, ARD Studio Zurich
Switzerland relies on full speed when it comes to opening
Katherine Hondle, S.W.R., April 28, 2021 3:27 p.m.
France: More freedom with restrictions
In France, starting May 3, the country will slowly rest again. Then people can move not only within ten kilometers from where they are staying, but at least freely during the day. Then travel restrictions from one region to another will disappear. That means people are allowed to travel back into the country. The rest of the curfew order for now, from 7 p.m. President Emmanuel Macron has given hope that it can move a little further back, but it is not clear when that will be. Details will be announced by Macron next Friday.
By mid-May, the terraces of cafes and restaurants should be allowed to open, as well as some cultural sites and shops selling non-essential items – at first, small retailers. The exact timetable is not yet known. Details will be announced by Macron next Friday.
But even if the numbers are too high you have to open it. The incidence is more than 300 and the virus is spreading across the country. Nevertheless, it is difficult to compare events in France with those in Germany. 3.5 million trials are performed per week in France, significantly less than in Germany.
France continues to be the most vulnerable to Germany. Until then, German tourists from France should present a negative corona test. It should not be longer than 48 hours. Federal states determine possible isolation rules. When entering France from another EU country, the following have been in effect for several weeks: A negative PCR test should be available, which should not exceed 72 hours. Sabine Watches, ART Studio Paris
Italy: More possible from yellow
In Italy, with the exception of a few parts of southern Italy, traffic light is yellow in most parts of the country. This means: Bars and restaurants are able to receive guests back from the beginning of the week – outdoors and up to a maximum of 10pm. Theaters, cinemas and museums are open to a limited number of visitors. People are allowed to go back to the sea and the beaches are open just like the shops. The government in Rome says it is a reasonable risk to facilitate this as the number of infections has decreased.
The event is currently 150 in Italy, which is slightly less than in Germany. However, the night curfew order, which has been in effect for six months, requires everyone in Italy to go home at 10pm. The country also has bad experiences in opening very quickly. In March Sardinia was a white zone, with almost everything open. Then the infection curve was shot, now Sardinia is deep red and everything is covered again. George Seiselberg, ARD Studio Rome
Denmark: An application that facilitates openings
Denmark has been gradually opening since the beginning of April, in which an application plays an important role: this shows whether the Corona passport holder has already been vaccinated, tested negative or already ill. Then the application is like a ticket to the hairdresser, restaurant and museum – you always have to show it once, and then you are allowed inside. Many restaurants find this bad because guests have to book a table at least 30 minutes in advance, and some fast food chains only offer sales as a result. Meanwhile, all 500 spectators are allowed to play football games – but only if they can show their passport.
Schools are gradually reopening, and by the end of May life should be relatively normal, always in relation to the Corona Pass. The number of new epidemics in Denmark is currently more than half that of Germany. Danish officials are constantly monitoring these figures, and insist that the plan may ever change and that they may have to reopen regionally. Sophie Dongs, ARD-Studio Stockholm
Denmark’s initial strategy relies on the use of the corona vaccine
Sophie Dongs, ART Stockholm, 28.4.2021 15:36
Netherlands: Easing despite warnings
In the Netherlands, the night curfew order ended three months later in the morning. In addition, restaurants and pubs are again allowed to get guests outside, but only from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. Businesses can now serve their customers without making an appointment.
According to some virologists, ease comes very quickly. The number of seven-day events across the country is about 320, which is twice as much as in Germany. But Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the prognosis is positive. Therefore, he considers it fair to facilitate.
Incidentally, travel restrictions are in effect for tourists and day trippers. Germans entering the Netherlands need the current corona test. To stay longer, they must also be in isolation for at least five days. Lodger Cosmiersack, WDR Studio Clive