Greece and Spain: COVID-19 Christmas rules across Europe

Many countries across Europe are now entering hard coronavirus lockdowns during Christmas and New Year – whereas in other places, measures will ease for a short period of time during the holidays.

A national lockdown is in place in Greece. If people wish to leave home they must send a text message to a government number stating their reason and personal details.

A curfew is also in place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and shops, all schools and nurseries are all shut.

Over the Christmas period, most of the rules will remain as they are, though book shops and hairdressers have been allowed to reopen for a brief period.

In Spain, six people are allowed to meet inside one household; that’s going to be increased over the Christmas period to 10.

As it stands, restaurants and bars are open until 1 a.m. in the capital of Madrid and the streets are full with people shopping and doing all the things you would normally do ahead of Christmas.

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