BENGALURU/MILAN (REUTERS) – Britain was setting out its coronavirus strategy for the winter months on Tuesday (Sept 14), with booster vaccinations for the most vulnerable and elderly a central part of the plans for a country with one of the highest Covid-19 death tolls.
Following is a summary of some of the Covid-19 precautions being taken by Britain and other countries on the European continent, with states listed in alphabetical order:
The French authorities require a Covid-19 health pass which proves the holder has had the vaccine or recently tested negative for Covid-19, or recovered from the illness in the last six months.
Without it, people cannot enter bars, restaurants, museums or sports venues.
All travellers, except those fully vaccinated, must present a negative Covid-19 test.
Face coverings are required on all public transportation and in all public spaces.
Twelve million French children, who returned to school from their summer break in early September, wearing masks, were told by head teachers and President Emmanuel Macron that they should get vaccinated.
All travellers ages 12 and older must submit proof of vaccination, a proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the last six months, or a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter the country by air, land, or sea.
Medical grade masks are required on all public transportation.
From Oct 11, Covid-19 tests will stop being free of charge, so as to convince people to get vaccinated.
The country’s medicines agency in early September approved use of a third dose of vaccines for vulnerable groups of the population.
Italy has been extending the usage of so-called Green Pass health documents, which are currently needed for long-distance and inter-city travel, access to many leisure activities and are also obligatory for school and university workers.
The pass shows whether someone has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, has tested negative or has recently recovered from the virus.