COVID-19 Information and Global Service Updates Statement 16th July 2021

UPDATE AS OF 14.28 (GMT) Friday 16th July

The Netherlands has had to reimpose restrictions after just three weeks.  Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and music festivals were all allowed to open up on 26th June, but the country has since experienced a spike in infections.  Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the measures will remain in place until 14th August.

In Australia, Sydney's lockdown extended by at least two weeks. The New South Wales capital has already been under lockdown for three weeks following one of Australia's worst COVID outbreaks so far.

The United Arab Emirate's Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has announced a partial lockdown and new entry requirements in the emirate starting on Monday, from midnight until 5am.

A curfew from 1am to 6am in Barcelona and other cities in the Catalonia region of Spain has been approved by a court. The measure, which will affect 161 cities and towns including tourist beach resorts like Salou and Sitge. The curfew will reportedly last at least 15 days.

The Republic of Ireland is to allow fully vaccinated people from Britain to enter the country from next week without the need to take any tests or to quarantine. It means Ireland will become the first European country to let double jabbed people from Britain in without restrictions.

An easing of all restrictions in England from Monday, with legislation being replaced with guidance and a reliance on personal responsibility. Rules regarding behaviour will vary across the country depending on local government decisions or those made by individual businesses. Face coverings will no longer be mandatory in shops and on public transport, but the government has said it "expects" and "recommends" people continue to wear them in crowded indoor settings.

Scotland will move to Level 0 from 19th July; however, there will be "modifications" to the initially announced lifting of restrictions.

Wales is to relax coronavirus restrictions as it moves to alert level one from 17th July. The Welsh government said it plans to move to an "alert level zero" on 7th August if it can, which will see most restrictions removed. Masks will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport from 7th August, except for hospitality settings.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into the country as of mid-August for non-essential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all countries by early September.

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