Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert confirmed on Monday new measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. As of Thursday, cafes and restaurants will have to close their doors.
Restaurants and cafes will have to close for three weeks as from Thursday, announced Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (DP) and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert (LSAP), in a press conference on Monday. “In the view of the evolution of the figures over the past few days, we have asked the congress to vote on the text presented last week. The vote will take place in Wednesday’s plenary and should enter into force the next day,” said the Prime Minister, adding that the curfew also remains applicable and will be extended until December 15.
In addition to the horeca sector, the number of visitors to private homes drops from 4 to 2, also until December 15, when the situation will be reassessed. “Just because restaurants are closed doesn’t mean you have to organize dinners at home,” Bettel said.
Theaters, cinemas, indoor play areas will be closed and the holding of fairs and other events will be suspended. Stores, for their part, will remain open, although the government nonetheless calls for avoiding non-essential activities.
Schools open, gyms closed
The schools will remain open – as well as their canteens – but the educational outings will be canceled. However, sport will be maintained there. The same goes for professional athletes who, because of their profession, will be able to continue training. Amateurs will again be deprived of sports, fitness and team sports halls.
“Sport is important, but we cannot afford to leave open places where we do not wear a mask”, underlines the Prime Minister, who recalls that it is always possible “to walk with four other people or to jog “, while respecting safety distance.
“We have a still stable situation, which is not catastrophic, but we want to have margins for what will come. Our measures allow, according to the opinions we have received, to anticipate. The level of contamination remains too high and we are taking these measures to avoid finding ourselves in a situation, in a few weeks, where we could not avoid total containment “, justified the Prime Minister.