The Netherlands begins to require a COVID-19 pass for people aged above 13 as precondition to enter hospitality venues and arts and cultural events as a replacement of most social distancing and mask requirements.
Sources: NL Times
Sources: NL Times
The Austrian government announces that it will require protective face masks and COVID-19 passes for users of ski lifts this winter in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the country will allow foreign skiers for the first time in two years.
New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2 outside Auckland with mandatory scanning in bars, restaurants, churches, and close-contact businesses, social distancing increasing to 2 m in public places, and masks being mandatory in indoor public places.
Scotland moves to level zero and removes most of the remaining COVID-19-related restrictions, allowing all hospitality venues, including nightclubs, to reopen at full capacity and to remove most legal social distancing requirements. However, face masks remains mandatory in indoor public settings and on public transport, and must be worn by pupils and teachers at school for the first six weeks of the semester.
Wales moves to level zero, indicating that most restrictions, including social distancing measures, are lifted. This allows nightclubs to reopen and indoor meetings to be permitted, although masks remain mandatory in most public indoor locations.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces that the legal requirement for social distancing in Scotland will be removed on August 9 and the blanket 10-day self-isolation for school pupils will also be ended in order to prevent educational disruption, as long as all pupils test negative. However, face coverings will be mandatory for secondary school students and staff for the first six weeks of the new term.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announces new measures to reduce the second wave of the pandemic. All non-essential public services will close until January 24, alcohol sales will be banned after 8:00 pm local time, and the number of people at restaurants will be limited to four per table. It also recommended to use face masks on public transport at certain times.
Mourners pay respects to the former head of the Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej in Belgrade following his death due to COVID-19. Many mourners did not wear face masks or practice social distancing, and some kissed the glass shield that was covering the patriarch's body despite warnings from the Serbian government and epidemiologists.
South Korea announces that from November 7, it will expand its mandatory mask policy to department stores, theme parks, spas, wedding halls and other places as part of new social distancing rules aimed at preparing for a prolonged outbreak. It also introduces a new five-tiered social distancing system, which replaces a three-level system that was designed to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.