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A majority of MPs validated a new phase of deconfinement in Luxembourg on Friday. Here is a list of everything that will change from Sunday.
Luxembourg might not follow suit with the end of the mask requirement for vaccinated citizens as was announced in the United States - but a significant easing of health restrictions can be expected. This is a long-awaited breath of fresh air, as first announced on 5 May by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Health Minister Paulette Lenert.
In the meantime, both the Prime Minister and the Health Minister have been vaccinated for the first time, as have 187,000 fellow citizens and border residents. More than 75,000 have already had two doses of the vaccine.
On Friday afternoon, the bill passed the Chamber by a majority vote of 31 to 29. The new Covid measures will take effect from Sunday 16 May until 12 June.
The new law will lead to a number of relaxations, including:
- The curfew is extended by one hour. It is set from midnight (instead of 11pm) until 6am.
- Everyone can invite four people from different households to their home.
- Restaurants and cafés can stay open until 22:00 and serve indoors as well. Four guests can sit at the same table.
- Customers must test negative to consume indoors.
- Three tests are possible: the PCR test (less than 72 hours), the rapid antigenic test (less than 24 hours) and the self-diagnostic test which can be done directly on site.
- Up to 150 spectators will be able to follow cultural and sporting events from this Sunday onwards, as long as they wear a mask.
- Exceptionally, gatherings of up to 1,000 people will be allowed (if the Health Ministry has validated the health protocol).
- Four people can do sports or a cultural activity together, keeping a 2-metre distance at all times.
- 40 musicians will be able to play together outdoors.
- Changes are made to the aid for uncovered costs for businesses that were forced to remain closed or that suffered a loss of turnover of more than 75%.