This beginning of the week is marked by a few lifting of restrictions in some European countries, notably Greece, Denmark and a German Land.
■ Some releases in European countries
These days, a few countries are loosening a bit.
- In Germany, the Land of Saarland in the west is lifting anti-Covid restrictions.
- In Denmark, hairdressing and beauty salons are reopening for holders of a disease vaccination “passport”.
- In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed the reopening on April 12 – in England only – of non-essential businesses such as hairdressers, pub terraces and gyms.
- In Greece, most shops were allowed to reopen on Monday, except department stores and shopping malls. But people wishing to go there must make an appointment, with a quota of customers. And this measure does not apply, however, to the two largest cities in the country after Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras, where the epidemic is particularly virulent.
■ New Zealand confirms its “bubble” with Australia
New Zealand on Tuesday approved the principle of a “bubble” with Australia in which nationals of the two countries could travel without quarantine, hoping that it will materialize in mid-April. “I can confirm that the non-quarantine trips will begin in less than two weeks, on April 18 at 11:59 am,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
This “bubble” should therefore open a little over a year after the South Pacific archipelago closed its borders due to the pandemic.
Australia for its part partially opened its territory to New Zealanders six months ago, allowing them to go to certain states without having to observe quarantine.