Europe and Asia are easing restrictions due to the coronavirus. In America, they strengthen it

For example, in Italy and France, the curfew is lifted. In Chile, on the contrary, it is introduced.

European countries, against the background of a fairly high rate of vaccination and a decrease in the incidence of coronavirus infection, one after another, are relaxing restrictive measures. In Asia and America, on the contrary, they are being extended and even tightened due to the rapid spread of the so-called Indian strain, which, according to experts, is noticeably more contagious than its predecessors.

Europe

In Italy, a curfew that has been in effect for almost nine months is lifted from Monday. It is still mandatory to wear a mask even on the street and maintain a social distance.

Restrictions remain on the number of visitors to entertainment events, and for large celebrations and travel, a certificate with information about vaccination, a previous illness, or a negative result of a coronavirus test has been introduced. Citizens of the European Union, as well as the United States, Canada, and Japan, can freely enter the country with a negative test.

In France, from Monday, not only the curfew is lifted, but also the masks on the street. They will have to be worn only on the premises, transport, stadiums, and markets, as well as in queues.

From Saturday, June 26, restrictive measures will be relaxed in Spain and the Netherlands: the first will abolish the mandatory wearing of masks on the street, and the second – in shops and other premises where you can observe a social distance of 1.5 m (but not in public transport). In addition, in the Netherlands, it will be possible to visit without restrictions, cafes and bars will be able to accept an unlimited number of visitors, and the recommendation to work from home will be canceled.

The main exception is the United Kingdom. Its authorities, due to a new outbreak related to the Indian strain, postponed the lifting of restrictions from June 21 to July 19.

America and Australia

The US Department of Homeland Security has extended restrictions on entry into the country from Canada and Mexico until July 21. At the same time, President Joe Biden said that the United States will most likely not need a new lockdown because of the Indian strain.

In some Latin American countries, due to the rise in the incidence of restrictive measures are being tightened: for example, in the capital of Mexico, full-time classes in schools are suspended from Monday, and in Chile, a curfew is imposed (from 22: 00 to 05: 00), and the rest of the time you can only go out with a special pass or employees of vital enterprises.

From Monday, restrictive measures will be introduced in Sydney: residents of seven central and south-eastern districts of the city will have to wear a mask in public places, and the number of participants in any indoor events is limited to 20.

Like the US, Australia is in no hurry to open its borders: according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, they will remain closed until December 2022.

Asia

On Monday, in seven prefectures of Japan, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, the emergency regime was replaced by a regime of enhanced measures, which will last until July 11. Cafes and bars are ordered to close at 20: 00, but now the sale of alcohol is allowed until 19:00. However, in Tokyo and Osaka in bars, you can only drink alone or together and only for an hour and a half.

In addition, the Japanese government asks people to restrict their movements whenever possible, and companies send employees to remote work.

The South Korean authorities intend to soften the requirements for social distance: from July 1, six people will be allowed to gather in the capital region, and from July 15 – eight. In other regions, the restriction on the number of participants in private meetings will be lifted from July altogether. It is expected that in the fall, most South Korean students will be able to return to full-time classes.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha expects to open the kingdom’s borders to vaccinated tourists within 120 days. According to him, from July 1, it is planned to open the island of Phuket to vaccinated foreigners, and then gradually extend this order to the whole country.

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