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News from afpop - Friday 18th December update

Michael Reeve - 21-12-2020

News from afpop - Friday 18th December update

Included in this briefing: 1.18th to 23rd December; 2. 24th to 26th December; 3. 27th to 31st December; 4. 31st December to 4th January; 5.Rubbish collection; 6. UK citizens; 7. Map of risk areas; 8. Interactive Covid-19 map Included in this briefing:

  1. 18th to 23rd December
  2. 24th to 26th December
  3. 27th to 31st December
  4. 31st  December to 4th January
  5. Rubbish collection
  6. UK citizens
  7. Map of risk areas
  8. 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 I advised you in our mailing of 9th December, the government indicated that there may still be further changes to the restrictions over the Christmas/New Year period and as you may have heard this has now happened. There are also some changes to the towns in the risk areas, for which there is a revised list in the link of this briefing.

Before we get into the detail, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant and joyous Christmas, whatever your beliefs and hope that even with these restrictions on our lives, we can all find ways to experience the goodwill and peace that the Christmas period offers.
The afpop office will be closed from 23rd December to the 4th of January, giving the staff a much needed and well deserved break to relax and recharge their batteries. We will however be keeping an eye on the situation regarding Covid restrictions and if there is anything that we feel you need to be informed about we will of course make sure that you have the information. Hopefully though this will be the last of my briefings to you this year and on behalf of the whole team in the afpop office, I want to thank you all for your kind and generous comments throughout the year and we look forward to helping you all again in 2021, with whatever challenges may arise.

18th to 23rd December: The rules already in force remain until midnight on 23rd December. However there are some changes to the areas affected, with some moving up and some down in the risk level. There is an updated map and list in the section below.

24/25/26 December: To clarify, over Christmas period all municipalities are to be treated in the same way and there are no restrictions on travelling between them. There is a curfew extension on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to 02h00, but on 26th it returns to 23h00.
Restaurants may remain open until 01h00 on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day night, but on Boxing Day may only serve lunches until 15h30 for Very High and Extremely High Risk Areas.

27th to 31st December: The country returns to the restrictions in force according to their risk state until New Year’s Eve.

31st December to 4th January: All municipalities return to lockdown, meaning there is to be no travel between council areas until 05h00 on Monday 4th January, with the general restrictions in force for circulation, gatherings, restaurants etc within the municipality. Public parties are not permitted on New Year’s Eve, but people may circulate in the streets until 23h00, providing they are in groups of no more than 6 people.
On 1st 2nd & 3rd January, the curfew begins at 13h00 until 05h00 the next morning. There are also update restrictions on restaurant operations, which are included in following the table:

The State of Emergency will continue to be in force until the 7th of January

Rubbish collection: Please be aware that rubbish collection over the Christmas period will be affected and you might consider what waste you might keep at home until collections return to normal, for example packaging and other non-organic materials.  

UK citizens: We have updated our guide to what we know and what is still to be resolved regarding various aspects of life for UK citizens from January 1st 2021. The document, which has been checked with the British Embassy, SEF and IMT, can be downloaded HERE.

Map of risk areas
We have an updated map and an alphabetical list in this LINK

Interactive Covid map: You may find the information in this website interesting

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

Michael R Reeve
afpop - Making Life Better

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