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Italy, Denmark, Sweden… They are gradually abandoning health restrictions


No more distance learning for primary and secondary students vaccinated or cured, regardless of the number of positive students in their class. No more mandatory outdoor mask and testing for immune travellers. Like some of its neighbors, Italy is beginning to break the locks of the health restrictions adopted since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But with caution.

First European country affected by the pandemic and also the most bereaved with more than 140,000 deaths, the Peninsula, which does not want to run the risk of a relapse, has decided to proceed in stages. On December 31, the government of Mario Draghi kicked off the gradual lifting of restrictions with the adoption of a device dubbed the “Standard Valentine”.

With this little nod to lovers, he announced the reopening of nightclubs from February 11 after two years of almost uninterrupted closure, apart from the short break last summer. Good news for party-goers in search of time, but not for all Italians who do not at all want their government to embark on the “zero restrictions” path as quickly as the United Kingdom, Denmark or even Sweden.

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WHO Caution

For these northern European countries, the coronavirus has finally entered its endemic phase and as a result, it has become more manageable. This means learning to live with it and restrictions must be a thing of the past. Armed with this logic, Denmark decided to say goodbye to the bans on February 1st and to put away the masks and sanitary passes. Other good news this time for night owls: the reduced openings of restaurants and bars are also abolished.

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The Swedes have decided to follow in the footsteps of their closest neighbour, as has Norway. Telecommuting is no longer mandatory, gauges and restrictions on the sale of alcohol are lifted. On the other hand, wearing a mask remains compulsory in places where the distance of one meter between people cannot be respected.

Only Iceland has decided to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and wait until March 15 to lift all restrictions. For the WHO, in fact, the Nordic countries of the European Union but also the United Kingdom, which swept away all the restrictions on January 27, are going a little too quickly given the still very cumbersome presence of the Omicron variant. .

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Catalonia stands apart

Closer to France, Switzerland will turn the page on February 17. Our Swiss neighbors will no longer have to present the health pass to enter restaurants and cultural venues. They can also throw away their masks. For its part, Austria, which had made life difficult for the non-vaccinated and reconfigured the whole country on the eve of the end-of-year holidays, is also relaxing the rules.

Since February 5, Austrians have had midnight permission while those who resist vaccination will be able to start entering non-essential stores again, which they have been prohibited from since mid-November. Further south and like Italy, Spain is also preparing its way out of the crisis but gently, unlike Catalonia, which is once again playing the independent card by abolishing the health pass deemed ineffective against the spread of the virus.

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