Tuesday, June 15

A generalized de-escalation phase begins in Europe


Hungary

Hungary enters a new phase of de-escalation starting Saturday with a late night curfew delayed until midnight and shops and restaurants open until 11.

In addition, from the same day in the morning, holders of an immunity card issued by the government will be able to access the interior of restaurants and hotels, theaters, cinemas, spas, gyms, libraries, museums and other places of leisure.

Meanwhile, Hungary will start vaccinating young people between the ages of 16 and 18 with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from May 10. Long lines formed at vaccination points in Budapest on Friday after Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that 100,000 doses of the Pfizer / BionTech vaccine would be administered.

People were able to sign up through the government website, which crashed shortly after the announcement due to demand. Nevertheless, people “stormed” the vaccination centers, where huge lines formed.

France

France will open vaccination against COVID-19 to those over 18 years of age from June 15, as announced this Friday by President Emmanuel Macron.

People over 50 will be able to get vaccinated as of May 15, he added on Twitter, compared to the current age limit of 55.

The announcement comes a day after Macron laid out his plan to phase out COVID-19 restrictions across the country.. Their goal is for most non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, to fully reopen on June 9.

Portugal

Residents of Portugal will be able to hit theaters, shops and restaurants on Saturday night as the country continues the gradual relaxation of a prolonged COVID-19 shutdown.

The land border with neighboring Spain will also reopen from this Saturday, after being closed to non-essential travel in January.

However, as of Saturday, the capacity limitation in restaurants and cafeterias will remain. The use of masks is also mandatory, if social distancing is not possible, as well as working from home.

Turkey

Turkish security forces patrolled the streets on Friday and set up checkpoints in major cities to enforce Turkey’s tightest lockdown to date.

Still, many people moved, as the government, desperate not to completely shut down the economy, kept many sectors exempted from the restrictions.

This latest round of strict restrictions due to the pandemic includes the closure of businesses and schools and the limitation of travel for almost three weeks to fight the increase in infections and deaths from COVID-19.

Supermarkets will remain open except on Sundays. Intercity travel will require permits, and schools will switch to online education.


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