Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities reopen Luxembourg Airport in Luxembourg from May 29. Some COVID-related restrictions remain.

This alert affects Luxembourg

This alert began 29 May 2020 19:14 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Easing of COVID-related restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Easing of COVID restrictions; travel and business disruptions remain

Summary
Authorities in Luxembourg reopened Luxembourg Airport (LUX) for commercial operations from May 29 after shutting operation in late March in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In addition, bars, cafes, restaurants, cultural venues, cinemas, gyms, sports halls, and the majority of similar businesses were allowed to reopen from May 29. Primary schools and preschools reopened from May 26.

Previously, authorities allowed most shops to reopen; museums, libraries, and national archives were also allowed to resume operations. Moreover, Luxembourg's borders with Germany reopened completely as of May 16; borders with France and Belgium remain open, albeit restricted to those with essential reasons for crossing, such as cross-border workers, freight transporters, health workers, and diplomats. Borders with Belgium are expected to fully reopen from June 8.

Gatherings of up to 20 people are now allowed outdoors; more than 20 people can attend funerals, weddings, protests, congresses, and cultural events as long as physical distance is maintained. Social visits of up to six people, in addition to members of the host household, are also allowed.

Face masks are mandatory in situations where social distancing cannot be followed. Resident permits for all non-EU nationals are extended for the duration of the crisis. Swimming pools, saunas, and playgrounds remain closed.

The further easing of restrictions will be contingent on no major increase in the rate of COVID-19 infection. Any restrictions may be extended or otherwise amended with little to no advance notice over the coming days depending on disease activity; restrictive measures could be reintroduced if disease activity rises.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by Luxembourg are similar to actions taken by other regional governments in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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