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Sausages by passport

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced new measures to fight the coronavirus, which, according to the FAZ newspaper, “caused a great stir.” From now on, the owners of restaurants and cafes will be obliged to collect personal data from visitors. Verify identity cards if necessary.

Failure to provide false information is subject to a fine of up to one thousand euros. Will waiters turn into controllers? But do they have such powers and how will this all work? After Merkel’s speech, an avalanche of similar questions fell upon the German Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs Dehoga. There are no answers yet. “Everyone is on their toes,” admitted the executive director of the Association Ingrid Hartges. “Suppose if someone introduces himself as Angela Merkel or Mickey Mouse, we will notice. But how can we check the authenticity of the phone number?”

Meanwhile, many restaurants already require visitors to fill out registration forms. Somewhere you need to indicate only the surname, and somewhere else – also your mobile, email, and even your home address. All data will be stored for four weeks. It is assumed that in the event of a corona outbreak, this will help to trace the chain of contacts. However, dozens of cases are known when fictitious names were entered into the questionnaires or they were deliberately illegible. After checking one of the bars in Hamburg, it turned out that out of 600 customers, more than half had left false information. However, now the penalties for forgery will be tougher. The minimum fine is 50 euros, but in North Rhine-Westphalia it will be 250 euros, and in Schleswig-Holstein – a thousand.

India

Despite the fact that the number of cases of COVID-19 in India is growing (almost 87 thousand cases were recorded on October 1), the authorities were allowed to open schools, swimming pools, museums, theaters and cinemas from October 15. This will be the fifth stage in easing the restrictions imposed in the country due to the pandemic. As noted in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of India, the decision on the resumption of full-time studies in educational institutions will be the authorities of the states and individual territories. New Delhi emphasizes that children cannot be forced to go to school, and if there is a threat to their health, it is better to conduct lessons online. As for sports and entertainment facilities, they can open provided that their occupancy does not exceed 50 percent. Visitors to such establishments will be required to wear masks and maintain a safe distance. Although restaurants and bars in India were allowed to receive visitors again at the federal level in early summer, some states were only allowed to do so now.

Prepared by Yuri Kogalov

Spain

The Spanish authorities are trying to isolate Madrid and other large cities where coronavirus outbreaks have been reported. At the suggestion of the Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Pyrenees, Salvador Ilya, entry and exit from settlements with more than 500 cases of infection per 100 thousand inhabitants will be banned. While we are talking about the Spanish capital and 9 cities of the Madrid Autonomous Community. The plans of the Ministry of Health were supported by the authorities of 12 of the 17 Spanish autonomies. On Thursday, Spain’s official gazette published an “agreement” obliging to close the perimeter of Madrid and nine other municipalities in the region within 48 hours. But the head of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, refuses because there was no consensus between all the regions. Ayuso intends to appeal to the National Court of Justice.

Prepared by Yuri Kogalov