Thus, Germany will allow social gatherings with the participation of up to 10 people from different families, as well as conducting religious services with the presence of a limited number of people in the church, but with the recommendation that after Christmas gatherings, people stay a few days in self-isolation at home.

The governments of the UK component countries have announced a temporary easing of anti-Covid restrictions over the Christmas holidays – groups of up to three families (households) will be allowed to meet without restrictions on December 23-27, the BBC reports.

The existing rules and restrictions regarding the hospitality industry and shops are maintained, however, and the “family bubbles” set for Christmas will be exclusive, in the sense that they will not be allowed to change or other people to enter them.

The leaders of the four governments also urged vigilance and care to keep the rate of virus transmission low. They stressed that “this Christmas will not be a normal one, but family and friends will be able to see each other and celebrate in a more circumspect manner.”

The new measures will also include the temporary relaxation of traffic restrictions to allow families to move around the Kingdom. In this regard, residents of Northern Ireland will receive an extra five days to allow them to travel.

“Even if these meetings between friends and family are allowed, each person will have to think about the risks for them and their loved ones, especially the vulnerable. Before making the decision to meet, we urge you to consider alternative methods, such as online or outdoor meetings, “said the four heads of government (the United Kingdom as a whole; Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland). in a joint statement.

Italy, on the other hand, is pushing at European level for the mutual closure of all ski resorts over the Christmas period, a request already rejected by Austria. “If the European Union really wants to enforce the ski season restrictions, it will have to provide 80 percent of the revenue,” the Austrian tourism minister said, according to Rainews. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, the Minister of Health demands a full quarantine for three weeks, with the closure of schools and kindergartens, restaurants and all shops except food and pharmacies.

Tuesday was a dark day for Italy and Spain, which reported the highest number of daily deaths in this second wave, but there was an improvement in the situation in France, where the number of new cases fell. French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday night a three-stage relaxation of restrictive measures starting Saturday, with the possibility of lifting the total quarantine on December 15.

The widespread quarantine will end in France starting December 15, shortly before the end-of-year holidays, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday. This is the first relaxation of restrictions in this country hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, reports AFP.

All small shops, such as bookstores or florists, will be able to reopen on Saturday, with a program until 21.00. Instead, bars, restaurants, gyms and nightclubs will remain closed, Macron said in a televised speech on the lockdown decided to bring the COVID-19 epidemic under control.

On the same occasion, the president said that the first anti-COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to “the most vulnerable”, without being mandatory, from the end of December or beginning of January.

Stressing that certain vaccines would be “available as early as the end of December,” Macron said the premiums “could be administered immediately after validation by the competent health authorities” and that a “massive vaccination campaign” will follow. but to make vaccination mandatory.

The European Union, in turn, is coming with good news. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a contract with the American company Moderna to supply up to 160 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19, writes La Libre Belgique, explaining that it is the sixth contract concluded by the EU a pharmaceutical laboratory. “We are on track to build one of the largest portfolios of Covid-19 vaccines in the world,” which “will give Europeans access to the most promising vaccines under development,” von der Leyen was quoted as saying by La Libre. Belgique. However, the Belgian daily points out that deliveries will only take place when these vaccines have proved to be safe and effective.

WHO recommendations

The World Health Organization recommends avoiding large family holidays: “It’s incredibly difficult because, especially during the holidays, we really want to be with our family. But in some cases, not having a large family reunion is the safest option, “said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s pandemic manager. According to Maria Van Kerkhove, an online celebration could be a solution.

“Even if you can’t celebrate together this year, you can find ways to celebrate when it (pandemic) ends,” she said.

“That’s what we do in my family and we will celebrate when the (pandemic) ends,” said Maria Van Kerkhove.