Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced an increase in quarantine from December 24 to January 6. During this period, non-food shops, bars, and restaurants will be closed (except for take-away work), but hairdressing salons will continue to operate. Until January 4, citizens will be banned from traveling between regions of the country.
Earlier, the authorities of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic announced the introduction of “strict quarantine” for the New Year holidays. However, none of the European countries dared to introduce a lockdown with a complete halt of the economy, which this spring led to a record recession in the EU economy.