In continuation of the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the National Security Council and the Prime Ministers met yesterday to take stock of the epidemiological situation in the country. The meeting was to determine which measures should be extended and which measures to be relaxed.

New Coronavirus Measures from September 1, 2020

  • All students will be able to go back to school, across all levels of education, based on the “code yellow” set by the communities. The code yellow refers to a situation where the virus is still active but under control. This system allows for a normal school week of 5 days, subject to certain health measures, such as the mandatory wearing of face masks for pupils over 12 years old and for teachers, and the suspension of certain extracurricular activities in secondary education. Students in higher education level resume the school year later.
  • The social bubble of 5 people (people with whom you can have close contact) still applies under the same conditions as in August.
  • Extended contacts where safety distance is observed are still limited to 10 people at a time.
  • Reception after a funeral can take place with a maximum of 50 people. However, the rules that apply to the hospitality sector must be observed.
  • It will now be possible to shop in twos (i.e. two people can go shopping together). These two people can be accompanied by minors living under the same roof or by a person in need of assistance). The shopping can now also be done without any time limit. However, people should be responsible and avoid massive crowds. This measure will apply from 24 August.
  • The maximum number of people admitted to an audience (e.g. sporting events, theater, cultural activities, places of worship, conference halls or auditoriums) will be expanded to 200 people indoor and 400 people outdoor. Wearing a face mask remains mandatory, and adherence to safety rules and protocols should be ensured.
  • People who have been physically separated in recent months because they come from different countries and who prove that they have a lasting relationship but are not married will be allowed to cross the border from September 1. They will be subject to the same testing and quarantine rules as the others.
  • Anyone returning from a red zone should be tested and quarantined, even if he/she/they show no symptoms.
  • If the person returns from an orange zone, it is a recommendation. However, this recommendation should be taken seriously, especially if the person returning from an orange zone has had high-risk contacts.
  • Citizens are asked to actively participate in contact tracing with the regional call center managers, which makes it possible to contact everyone.

The development of the health situation will be closely monitored and a new National Security Council will be held next month. The long-term goal is to move away from crisis management and initiate a long-term risk management process.

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