France and Germany: COVID-19 Christmas rules across Europe

Christmas will look very different across Europe this year as countries put measures in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 – but the restrictions vary across the continent.

You can’t go outside at all in France between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. – and that’s in place until further notice.

If you do have to go out for any reason after 8 p.m., then you have to fill up a government document explaining to the police why you’re outside or face a 160 dollar fine. For Christmas it will be lifted for one night only, Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, but it will remain in place for New Year’s Eve.

In Germany, a hard nationwide lockdown came into force on December 16 and will continue until January 10.

Restaurants, schools and non-essential shops are shut.

Up to five people from two households are allowed to mix indoors. This will be relaxed from December 24 and 26, when each household will be allowed to host up to four people from other households, excluding children.


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