Certain EU countries have already established their rules for this year’s celebrations, while in Luxembourg we are still waiting for the government to come up with a statement.
- Germany: 10 people will be able to wake up together throughout the festive period, not counting children under 14. They may come from different households but are advised to go into quarantine the week before.
- France: the government has decided to lift the country’s confinement period on 15 December. “We will be able to move freely on the evenings of 24 and 31 December to share these moments with the family, but gatherings on public roads will not be tolerated,” President Emmanuel Macron said. The government asks its citizens to limit the number of guests, but there is no set number.
- Belgium: With only one guest per household (except single people who can receive 2 others), Belgium could appear as one of the most severe countries in Western Europe.
- Italy and Spain: Two countries heavily affected by the pandemic, both want to limit the number of participants to six, but the measures could become stricter.
- United Kingdom: “This year, Christmas will be different,” said PM Boris Johnson. The British government allows three households to come together in the same location, but only between 23-27 December.
- Switzerland: Two households will be able to see each other at Christmas but they are advised to quarantine themselves 10 days before the holidays begin.
And finally, in Luxembourg, the situation remains rather vague, but the measures currently in place are valid until 15 December. Currently, two people from the same household may be invited, gatherings are limited to four people (excluding members of the same household). A curfew is imposed from 11 pm – 6 am.