Faced with the progression of the more contagious variants of the coronavirus, the restrictive measures imposed in Europe, although necessary, become burdensome with the arrival of spring.
Germany restricts French border crossings
Germany will restrict border crossings from France after classifying the Moselle department in a high-risk Covid zone, but renouncing the virtual closure imposed on the Czech Republic and Austria.
“The French department of Moselle will be considered from March 2 at 00:00 as an area affected by variants” of the Covid-19 virus, the highest category in the risk scale in Germany for the coronavirus, which has it three, the health ministry said on Sunday.
As a result, from that date people entering German territory “will have to present a negative PCR or antigen test”, he added.
A test dating back to 48 hours maximum will be required without any exception as well as an electronic declaration to enter German territory, local representatives of the French state said a few hours later in a press release. Cross-border public transport will also be “interrupted”. But one thing is certain: Germany does not intend to introduce permanent customs controls at its border with the Moselle, unlike what it did in spring 2020 at the start of the pandemic.
In Paris, and in Dusseldorf, strengthening of controls
The Paris Police Prefecture has deployed 3,600 police and gendarmes in the metropolis to enforce the wearing of masks and curfews this Sunday. On the stage platforms, from 3 p.m., the police tried to regulate the massive influx of people by blocking access.
Similar scenes were observed in Düsseldorf in Germany, where it is now forbidden to sit or lie down until March 14. A new rule necessary according to the authorities, because the banks of the Rhine were taken by storm last weekend, in favor of good weather. The few appeals filed to overturn these measures have failed.
Anti-restriction demonstration in Hungary
Thousands of people gathered in a park in Budapest this Sunday, to protest against restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. Since November 11, the country has been under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Restaurants, bars, sports halls and cinemas are also closed, and only primary schools are open.
At the head of the protest movement, a pharmacist who says he is “fed up with playing politicians”.
“We want to take our life back in hand” hammered György Gődény with a megaphone, in the middle of a crowd closely watched by the police. “We’re not going to let them lock us in. Don’t force things on us that don’t make sense,” he continued.