Lockdowns Return: France and Germany Announce Restrictions Amid COVID Spikes (Hotel Stays Banned)

This morning I wrote about United Airlines offering free COVID tests for passengers traveling to the UK.

Well, if you were considering jumping on that opportunity, I think this is as good of a time as any to take a look at some new restrictions that are taking place in other parts of Europe.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel just announced a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters and other leisure facilities in an effort to thwart a rapid rise in coronavirus infections that are taking place in Germany and throughout Europe. In addition to the aforementioned restrictions, hotel leisure stays will be banned but schools will remain open.

The lockdown will begin on 2 November 2020 and continue throughout the month.

German officials say they have “coped with the outbreak better than many” of its neighboring European countries, but they are beginning “to lose control of the situation, and local health authorities are unable to trace contacts of those infected and some hospitals are refusing to take in new patients.”

Addressing parliament, Mrs. Merkel said that “winter will be hard – four long, difficult months” and predicted that if nothing is done, the country will be at 28,000 daily cases within a week.

Meanwhile French President, Emmanuel Macron said that under the new rules:

  • people would need to fill in a form to justify leaving their homes
  • people are allowed out for up to an hour for physical exercise or to take pets out (but only for a distance of 1km from their home)
  • social gatherings are banned
  • all students (age six and over) are required to wear face masks in class and;
  • encouraged companies to strongly consider allowing their employees to work from home five days a week


Both Germany and France have announced new restrictions amid spikes in coronavirus and restaurants, bars, theaters and other leisure facilities will be shutdown.

Public health officials have appealed to people not to make unnecessary journeys and have said hotels won’t be able to accommodate tourists.

I predict other European countries may follow suit, so if you’re planning to travel to Europe, keep an eye on your destinations.

For what it’s worth, the USA saw ~100,000 cases in one day and continue to “open up.”

What do you think about the new restrictions taking place in Europe?

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