Several new measures will come into force in Luxembourg from Saturday 26 December until 10 January. Here are the main changes, and what remains the same.

The new restrictions, which were voted on in the Chamber of Deputies on Thursday, will be applied as of today.

New measures

  • The curfew will now start at 9pm rather than 11pm, as was the case previously, and still runs until 6am. There is no exception for New Years Eve - a point that was debated in the chamber, and only received the support of the majority coalition (DP, LSAP, the greens).
  • Non-essential businesses (hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlors and the like) will have to close their doors until 10 January. Essential shops and services will still continue however, including food delivery, supermarkets, pet shops, petrol stations, tobacco shops.. see the full list here.
  • Alcohol consumption is prohibited "on public roads and in places accessible to the public". Catering establishments will remain closed until 15 January.
  • Fines for breaking these measures have been increased, and private individuals now face fines of €300 as opposed to €145.
  • Schools and extra-curricular activities will be closed for the first week of term, beginning 4 January. School is however not cancelled, and will instead follow a distance learning curriculum. The government has approved extraordinary family leave to help parents of vulnerable children.
  • Sports are limited to two people, unless they are part of the same household. Sport facilities are closed, with the exception of activities provided by prescription.
  • Places of worship remain open, though measures (mask and distance) must be respected. 
  • Cultural establishments are closed.

Previous measures still in place

  • The rule of 2 guests from the same household for private/at home gatherings remains in place. In short, you may only receive two visitors from one household at any given time.
  • For gatherings of between 4 and 10 people masks must be worn and two-metre distance must be maintained, unless the group consists of one household.
  • For gatherings between 11 and 100 people, indoors or outdoors, masks must be work and people must be seated with a minimum 2-metre distance. Exceptoins are foreseen for e.g. funerals, public transport, and markets.
  • Gatherings of over 100 people remain prohibited. There are exceptions for markets and those exercising their right to hold demonstrations.