A two-week “firefighting” closure takes effect at 6 p.m. local time on Friday in Wales, according to which all but critical workers are expected to stay home.
The restrictions are the toughest in Wales since the spring, when the United Kingdom was hit hard by the first wave of infections that hit Europe.
Regions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and elsewhere are also introducing a curfew in a bid to stem the rise. Slovakia has also announced strict new limits on traffic and human activities since Saturday.
Ireland on Thursday became the first country in Europe to re-impose a national lock.
Irish measures banning social gatherings and requiring people to work from home unless they provide effective service will remain in place for six weeks.
Wales’s first minister Mark Drakeford urged the country to work together as he announced the two-week lockout plan.
“A period of fire is our best chance to regain control of the virus and avoid a much bigger and much more catastrophic national lock,” Drakeford said Monday. “This is the time to come together, to play our part in a common effort.”
Draikford described the lock as “sharp and deep” and said all unnecessary businesses such as shops, restaurants and bars should be closed from Friday afternoon until November 9. “The only exceptions will be critical employees and jobs where working from home is not possible,” he said.
Drakeford also said businesses affected by the lockout would receive the necessary support, but called on the UK government to allocate more money.
The new restrictions in the greater Manchester area mean that its 2.8 million inhabitants are not allowed to socialize indoors with anyone who does not live or meet in private gardens. Outdoor social events in places like parks are limited to six groups.
All pubs, bars, gyms and casinos that do not serve food must be closed. However, people can continue to visit restaurants and pubs that remain open because they serve “essential meals”, as long as they only eat there with the people they live with. In addition, the Mancunians have said to avoid everything except the most necessary trips outside the area.
Traffic ban in Slovakia
The Slovak government announced the partial lock-up measures at a press conference on Thursday.
From Saturday, people will not be allowed to leave their homes without a negative coronavirus test, except in certain cases. These include examination, work or school, buying food at their nearest store, attending medical appointments, caring for animals and funerals.
People can leave their homes free, however, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. every day.
Schools will be closed for private classes from October 26 to November 27, except for kindergartens, kindergartens and lower elementary schools, which carry children up to about nine years old.
Public transport will be limited between October 26 and November 15 to make it difficult for the population to move.
Meanwhile, the governor of the southwestern Italian region of Campania, Vincenzo De Luca, urged the government on Friday to impose a national lock as Italy faces rising infection rates.
“Current contamination data make any type of sub-measure ineffective,” De Luca said.
De Luca called for everything except basic services to be closed and for people to move between different areas and municipalities.
“In any case, the Campaign will move in that direction very soon,” he said. Campania includes the city of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, areas that are usually popular with tourists.
Night traffic hours
The French corona’s night ban will be extended to the country from Saturday, with 46 million French people affected, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday.
Castex said 38 French divisions, or administrative districts, would be added to the curfew from 9pm to 6am. French Polynesia will also be under a curfew, Castex said.
The measures are necessary because “in France and Europe, the second wave is upon us,” Castex said, adding that the death toll would continue to rise.
France set a new record for daily coronavirus infections with 41,622 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to figures released by the French Health Service on Thursday.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in France to 999,043, according to government statistics. According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), France recorded more than 1 million cases and more than 34,000 deaths.
A night traffic ban will also take effect from Saturday in areas of Greece, seeing the highest rates of contamination and masks will become mandatory outdoors.
The major cities of Athens and Thessaloniki are considered high-risk areas in the country’s four-level system, along with more than a dozen other areas, such as Zakynthos and Heraklion.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who announced new restrictions on televised speech to the nation on Thursday, said Greece was in better shape than most European countries, but warned that tough months would come.
The purpose of the ban from 12:30 to 5 p.m. is the restriction of outdoor parties and gatherings, with the largest increase in cases observed among young people, said Mitsotakis.
Greece recorded an additional 882 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, setting a new daily record. According to the national public health organization of Greece, Greece recorded 28,216 cases and 549 deaths in total.
“Time to party in nightclubs to stop”
Nightclubs where dancing is allowed will be limited to 50 people from November 1st, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Thursday.
“It’s time to stop playing in nightclubs,” Lofven said. “He does not respect the healthcare staff, who have worked hard, day and night, when they open a newspaper and see photos of crowded nightclubs and dance floors.”
The strengthening of nightclub restrictions, which are still mild compared to many other European countries, comes as Sweden sees an increase in coronavirus infections.
The country reported 1,614 new cases in the last 24 hours. The daily record for new infections was recorded on Tuesday with 3,180 new cases, according to JHU data.
Areas that do not allow dancing but serve food and drink to seated customers at a safe distance do not need to limit the number.
Meanwhile, rules for sporting and other events will be relaxed from November 1 to allow up to 300 spectators where they can sit at a safe distance. Currently, 50 spectators are allowed.
CNN contributors Chris Liakos, Elinda Labropoulou, Vasco Cotovio, Ivana Kottasova, Valentina Di Donato, Maria Fleet, Barbara Wojazer and Gaëlle Fournier contributed to this report.