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News from afpop - Monday November 9th Update

Michael Reeve - 10-11-2020

News from afpop - Monday November 9th Update

Included in this briefing: 1. State of Emergency, 2. Map of affected areas, 3. Interactive Covid-19 map

Included in this briefing:

  1. State of Emergency
  2. Map of affected areas
  3. Interactive Covid-19 map

I hope you are all well and keeping safe. As always if English or German are not your first language and you need clarification on any of the information included in this mailing, please contact the afpop office to ask for assistance. 

As you will now know, the State of Emergency that I mentioned in the last briefing has now been declared, with the measures coming into force today and lasting until 23rd November. The State of Emergency does not have a fixed set of measures included, but gives the government authorisation to impose restrictions without further acts of parliament and also allows them to make certain financial decisions and commandeer services from the private sector if they find it necessary to do so.

The measures announced for this State of Emergency mostly revolve around the 121 ‘higher risk’ areas previously announced in the State of Calamity measures. In those areas there is now a restricted curfew on working days - between 23h00 and 05h00 - which is also extended over the next two weekends, when the population in those previously designated areas can only go out between 05h00 and 13h00.

According to the statement from the Prime Minister, non-compliance with these new rules is “not a criminal matter”, meaning that fines cannot be imposed. However, if challenged by the authorities, citizens who do not comply can be taken to their homes.

With regard to businesses in those 121 areas, (not including supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies) they will have to close during curfews for the next two weekends.

Restaurants can only operate a take-away service until 13h00, after which time they can operate a delivery service. On working days, the schedules are maintained, which means that they can trade until 22h00 in the 121 counties concerned.

These are the measures to be in place for the first two weeks, because the list of counties covered will be updated every 15 days after review by the council of ministers.

There are exceptions to the prohibition, which revolve around the need to leave the house for medical reasons, including going to a pharmacy, walking pets providing that only members of the same household are in company and the exercise is short, travel to grocery stores and supermarkets. Also travel required to care for the sick and elderly may be permitted, but you should expect to be challenged if you are out of the house during the ‘curfew’ hours.

Map of affected areas:

CovidMap

You will find a complete list of all affected areas HERE.

Interactive Covid map: You may find the information in this website interesting https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html

Until next time as always my best wishes to you all and please continue to,

STAY SAFE


Michael R Reeve

CEO

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