1. Catalans venture out to eat again

    Barcelona cafe, 23 Nov 20
    Image caption: Most of Barcelona's cafes and restaurants have reopened

    Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region is easing restrictions, with bars, cafes, restaurants and gyms reopening, having been closed for five weeks.

    But night life is still banned because of a curfew from 10pm, which also applies throughout Spain.

    Catalonia's eating places can only accept 30% of their normal clientele indoors. Cinemas and concert halls are also reopening, but they can only operate half-full.

    Spanish airports now require visitors arriving from “high-risk” countries – including the UK – to present a negative test certificate no more than 72 hours old. If they don't have one they can be fined, and must take an antigen test, which delivers results in about one hour.

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    • In Serbia, the rules are being tightened because of rising infections. All shops and catering outlets now have to close by 6pm. Face masks must be worn indoors and in crowded outdoor areas
    • Neighbouring Croatia is closing nightclubs and banning the sale of alcohol after 10pm
    • Leaders in the 16 German federal states favour extending the current “lockdown light” until 20 December, because they remain worried about the infection rate. Currently eating places and hotels are shut, and social contacts are severely restricted for households.
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