How is Europe lifting lockdown restrictions?

Across Europe more and more nations are starting to ease themselves out of lockdown, hopefully for the final time. There are plans for an EU-wide digital vaccination certificate to be in place by 1 July.

Below is a breakdown of some measures countries will be taking in the following weeks and months:


Nationwide curfew ended on 20 June, 10 days earlier than planned. Face masks are no longer required outdoors.

Restaurants, cafes and bars can serve customers indoors, with 50% capacity and up to six people per table.

Standing concerts will resume on 30 June and nightclubs on 9 July (with 75% capacity. People attending will need a health pass which shows either full vaccination, a negative test within the previous 72 hours, or else a previous coronavirus infection.


Restaurants, bars, beer gardens, museums, hotels and concert halls have reopened.

Medical grade masks are compulsory in shops and on public transport.

Local authorities can impose stricter rules in high infection rate areas.

From 30 June, working from home will no longer be compulsory.


On 21 June, Italy’s curfew was scrapped and the whole country, except for the northwest region of Valle d’Aosta, became “white zone” – the country’s lowest-risk category.

Among the measures still in place are social distancing (1m) and the wearing of masks indoors (and in crowded outdoor places), and a ban on house parties and large gathering.

Nightclubs and discos are also closed.


The Greek government is welcoming tourists from many countries, if they are fully vaccinated or can provide a negative coronavirus test.

Face coverings must be worn in all public places and there is a curfew from 01:30-05:00, but bars, restaurants, museums and archaeological sites are all open.


Shops, bars, restaurants and museums are open, although face coverings remain compulsory in most public places.

Nightclubs can now reopen in parts of Spain with low infection rates.

In Barcelona, they are restricted to 50% of capacity and can stay open until 03:30 – dancers have to wear masks.

Spain began welcoming vaccinated tourists from 7 June. Most European travellers still have to present a negative Covid test on arrival.


Source: Covid: How is Europe lifting lockdown restrictions? – BBC News


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