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COVID-19: What’s happening in Europe?

From stricter rules on face masks to curfews and restaurant closures, here are the latest COVID-19 measures on the continent.


You will have heard by now that a negative COVID-19 test is required to enter the country. Once in Italy, you will have to wear a face covering almost everywhere: face masks are compulsory outdoors and everywhere indoors, except in private homes.

Bars and restaurants have to close at midnight and after 18:00 only table service is allowed.


Masks are compulsory in all public indoor spaces and on public transport. Rules are stricter in Athens, where masks have to be worn in busy outdoor places as well.


There is a state of emergency in Madrid, enforced by 7,000 police. Hotels and restaurants are limited to 50% capacity and have to close at 23:00.

All restaurants and bars in the Catalan region were ordered to close on 15 October for two weeks and can provide takeaway service only.

Face masks are compulsory in indoor public spaces and on public transport for everyone above the age of six.


 A curfew has been in place in Paris since 17 October and it’s likely to last for at least four weeks. It means people have to stay at home from 21:00 till 06:00.  Bars and restaurants have closed and face coverings must be worn in enclosed public spaces, as well as outside.

Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier are subject to similar restrictions to the ones in the capital.


Germans have been urged to stay at home and large gatherings have been banned.

Restaurants and bars in Berlin, which is among the regions with the highest rise in infections, will have to close early.

There are also fines for those who don’t wear face coverings on public transport or in shops.


All bars and restaurants in Belgium closed on Monday for four weeks and people are allowed to meet only one other person from outside their household. It comes as infections in the country soared – the health minister has warned new cases were close to a “tsunami”.

Czech Republic

Schools, bars and clubs in the country are shut after a surge in coronavirus infections. Once hailed for its fast response to the pandemic, cases in the Czech Republic are now growing faster than anywhere else in Europe. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the country has the highest 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people across the continent.