Covid-19 Movement Restrictions

Lifestyle • Travel
India: Taj Mahal reopens after six-motnh-long closure
India: Taj Mahal reopens after six-motnh-long closure
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The Taj Mahal has reopened its doors to visitors after a six-month-long closure. To ensure people's safety, various Coronavirus measures have been implemented, e.g. reduced capacity, temperature checks and mandatory face masks.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
"National lockdown is the last line of defence" – Matt Hancock
"National lockdown is the last line of defence" – Matt Hancock
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UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock won't rule out a second nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, telling Sky News that while a "national lockdown is the last line of defence", the government would do "whatever is necessary to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic."

Politics • European • Spain
Madrid to impose targeted lockdowns amid rising Covid-19 infections
Madrid to impose targeted lockdowns amid rising Covid-19 infections
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Madrid, one of the worst-hit regions in Spain, will introduce targeted lockdowns and other restrictions in areas with faster spreading Covid-19 infections.

"Madrid wants to flatten the curve before the arrival of autumn and the complications that cold weather could bring," so deputy regional health chief Antonio Zapatero, adding that regional lockdowns will most likely affect southern, working-class neighbourhoods where Covid-19 infections have been rising since August.

Politics • European • Germany
Germany confirms that Vienna will likely be declared Covid-19 risk area
Germany confirms that Vienna will likely be declared Covid-19 risk area
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According to a report by STANDARD the German government has stated that "since September 5, there have been significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants [in Vienna], so we feel compelled to take action".

The Austrian newspaper states that a final decision to declare Vienna a risk area will likely be made Wednesday afternoon.

Politics • American • US
Trump held indoor rally and defied his administration's pandemic health guidelines
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally Credit: Donald Trump (Twitter Reproduction)

The Trump campaign hosted its first indoor rally since June on Sunday. The event, held in Nevada, violated both the Trump administrations pandemic health guidelines and the state's Covid-19 regulation, which bans gatherings of more than 50 people. While temperature checks were performed upon entrance and masks were encouraged, most of the attendees didn't wear masks and social distancing rules were not followed.

UK teenager fined £10,000 for hosting house party breaking Covid-19 rules
UK teenager fined £10,000 for hosting house party breaking Covid-19 rules
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Police in Nottinghamshire have fined a 19-year-old teenager £10,000 after breaking up a student house party in Lenton. Over 50 people were present when the police broke up the house party on Friday, September 11.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper from Nottinghamshire Police has stated that: "under current rules we can issue fines to anyone hosting gatherings of more than 30 people which can result in fines of up to £10,000. And now we are on the eve of rules becoming even tighter so there can be gatherings of no more than six", adding that they "have demonstrated here we are not afraid to use the full powers we have and we will not tolerate those who are deliberately put other people’s lives in danger".

Politics • Middle Eastern
Israel three-week lockdown to start on September 18
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Hudson Institute (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Israeli government agreed to impose a three-week nationwide lockdown that would go into effect on Friday at 11:00 UTC, on the eve of Rosh Hashana holiday. The country will be the first to reimpose restrictions on a national scale.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a press briefing that warnings by health officials led to the government's decision, which would restrict Israelis to a 500-meter radius of their residence.

With the country already hit by a deep, pandemic-induced recession, the decision to reinstate lockdown has divided the government and the nation.

Politics • European • France
"Clear worsening" of Coronavirus spread in France, 42 départements on "red" alert
"Clear worsening" of Coronavirus spread in France, 42 départements on "red" alert
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France recorded almost 10,000 new Coronavirus cases on Thursday – highest daily record since March. 42 départements are now put on 'red' alert. The French government is currently avoiding tougher restrictions even though the Coronavirus is "circulating more and more"

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that testing for priority cases will be fast-tracked and additional testers will be recruited. Mandatory quarantine for people who have tested positive is down to seven days instead of fourteen. 

Politics • Asian
Myanmar: New restrictions to curb the rise of Coronavirus cases
Street in Yangon, Myanmar
Street in Yangon, Myanmar Credit: Dudva

Parts of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, have been put under a stay-at-home-order. The country has seen a rise in Coronavirus cases, reported 115 new infections of Friday morning.

"It took five months to discover 374 infection cases in the first wave of the disease. The number of infections quadrupled now although it's been only 24 days since the second wave started on Aug 16," said Dr Khin Khin Gyi, director of Contagious Disease Prevention and Eradication Division of Public Health Department under the Health and Sports Ministry, told Xinhua. "Active cooperation and participation of the public are needed to reduce the number of infections by following the preventive measures and guidelines by the ministry."

Politics • Middle Eastern
Israel goes back into complete lockdown
Israel goes back into complete lockdown
Credit: / Daniel Lerman

With 4.038 newly reported Covid-19 cases on Thursday, Israel has reached the highest one-day value of new cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic for the fourth consecutive day.

The Covid-19 cabinet has now decided in favor of a new two-week lockdown, pending the approval of the government. Israelis would then be only allowed to move up to 500 meters away from their home. Schools, restaurants and shops would be closed.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
England puts Portugal back on Covid-19 quarantine list
Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal Credit: Berthold Werner (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

British transport minister Grant Shapps announced that travellers from mainland Portugal to England would have to quarantine from 03:00 UTC on Saturday. The announcement comes just weeks after the country was put on the safe list.

Travellers from the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira are still allowed to skip quarantine.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
England limits social gatherings to six people
England limits social gatherings to six people
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From Monday the 14th of September on it'll be illegal in England to meet with more than six people, following a law change to contain a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Exempt from this regulation will be schools and schools. Weddings, funerals, and organized teams sports will be exempt as well if they are Covid-secure.

Politics • Oceanian
Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks
Empty Swanston Street during Friday morning, Melbourne
Empty Swanston Street during Friday morning, Melbourne Credit: Philip Mallis from Melbourne / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Despite dropping daily numbers of COVID-19 infections, Melbourne will remain in a "Stage 4" lockdown until at least September 28.

“I apologise for the circumstances we find ourselves in; I apologise for the reality we find ourselves in,” Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday. “Pretending it’s over because we want it to be, that is not something I will do.”

Politics • African
Mozambique: State of Emergency to be lifted on September 7th

The state of emergency in Mozambique will be lifted on Monday, September 7th. President Filipe Nyusi makde the announcement on TV on Friday, saying: “We are proud of the measures we have taken that have allowed the spread of the disease to be contained.”

Politics • American • South America
Cuba: Night curfew and travel restrictions imposed in Havana
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Cuba has seen a surge of Coronavirus cases since early August. Schools reopened on Tuesday in most of Cuba after five months of being closed.

As Havana is struggling to control a second Coronavirus wave, the city imposed a nightly curfew from 7pm to 5am. Residents will also not be allowed to travel interprovincially.

Politics • European
Hungary to close its border by September 1 to curb Covid-19 surge
Austria-Hungary border
Austria-Hungary border Credit: Steindy (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Hungary will close its border to foreign citizens starting September 1 to curb the spread of Covid-19 as the country sees a surge of infections. Returning citizens will need to self-quarantine for 14 days or must present two negative Covid-19 test results.

Politics • European • European Union
Phil Hogan resigns as EU trade commissioner after breaching Ireland Covid guidelines
Phil Hogan
Phil Hogan Credit: European Parliament (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Phil Hogan, the EU trade commissioner, resigned Wednesday after the Irish government accused him of breaching Covid-19 guidelines during a visit to the country.

On August 19, Hogan attended a golf dinner in County Galway after not complying with quarantine rules when he arrived from Brussels.

Hogan said in a statement, "It was becoming increasingly clear that the controversy concerning my recent visit to Ireland was becoming a distraction from my work as an EU Commissioner and would undermine my work in the key months ahead."

Politics • European • Ireland
Chairman of Irleand's tourism authority resigns over Italy vacation
Chairman of Irleand's tourism authority resigns over Italy vacation
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The chairman of Fáilte Ireland, Michael Cawley, has resigned after the Irish Independent revealed that he traveled to Italy despite the country advising citizens to avoid trips abroad that are non-essential.

In addition, Fáilte Ireland has launched a "no place like home" marketing campaign to encourage people to stay inside the country.

Cawley, who is the former chief operating officer of Ryanair, has stated that he does not "wish to allow this issue to become a distraction from the important work of Fáilte Ireland in rebuilding the Irish tourism industry" and that he is in support of the government's tourism policy.

Politics • Oceanian
New Zealand moves elections over new Covid-19 cases
New Zealand moves elections over new Covid-19 cases
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The general elections in New Zealand have been postponed from the 19 September to the 17 October. Reason are the new Covid-19 cases and the extended lockdown for Auckland and the higehr alert in the remaining country.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that "this decision gives all parties enough time for their election campaign over the next nine weeks and the Election Commission enough time to ensure that the election can take place".

Politics • American • Canada
United States border to Canada and Mexico will stay closed over Covid-19 outbreak
United States border to Canada and Mexico will stay closed over Covid-19 outbreak
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According to a Twitter announcement by acting United States Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf the borders to Canada and Mexico will stay closed for until the 21 of September.

He wrote that "we continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21". The ban does not include air travel as well as trade.