Some European countries, despite the doubts that certain health organizations show, are already starting to get out of the isolation regulations and movement restrictions that were indicated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking to CNN, Dr. Hans Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization for Europe, warned that the European situation remains "very worrying" and insisted that "now is not the time to relax the measures."
Here is the list of countries that are reopening and how they do it:
It is one of the first to make measures more flexible. On Thursday, April 9, it authorized the reopening of some shops, such as large stores, hardware stores and establishments selling leisure equipment, and also relaxed some limitations imposed on sports activities. In this way, outdoor sports centers have also reopened, where users are not required to wear a mask and must maintain a distance of two meters between them, although the locker rooms will remain closed. Outdoor activities without a mask, such as biking or running, will also be allowed again. Those over 65 who are not in residences can go shopping in supermarkets between 8 and 10 in the morning, a time reserved exclusively for them.
Starting on April 15, the Nordic nation gradually lifted the restrictions beginning with the reopening of nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls, hair salons, and massage parlors will be closed, gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited, and large gatherings are prohibited until August.
From April 20 Norway reopened nurseries, schools and some small shops. The nurseries will be able to reopen while the schools (for students up to fourth grade) will open a week later, as will the institutes or other higher education for the last year students. Special health services such as consultations of psychologists and physiotherapists, as well as massage clinics or hairdressing salons, will be able to operate again in the last stretch of April, following measures to avoid contagion. Large sports and cultural events will be banned until June 15, although a new analysis will be made in early May of what will happen the rest of the summer. The restrictions that affect the closure of establishments such as bars and restaurants, the prohibition of concentrations of more than five people or the closure of borders will remain.
As of April 14, small businesses of less than 400 square meters were the first to be able to resume their activity, although with restrictions on the limit of customers, additional disinfection measures and the obligation to wear masks inside. The rest of the shops, if all goes well, will open from May 1, while restaurants, hotels and other services, such as beauty salons or dry cleaners, will be able to resume activity as soon as mid-May, although that decision will depend on how the situation evolves. Other public facilities, such as swimming pools, sports courts and gymnasiums, are closed and more information on possible reopening dates will be provided in late April.
On April 13, a partial lifting of the restrictions came into effect, so that workers who cannot do their jobs from home - such as those who work in construction - are allowed to return to work. However, shops, bars and restaurants and other companies considered non-essential remain closed. The measures came despite the fact that the Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa, warned that the country is not yet in a "de-escalation phase", even when the Government was preparing measures to gradually end the current mobility restrictions in force for face the coronavirus pandemic.
From April 14, some shops and businesses in Italy were allowed to reopen. Authorized stores include bookstores, laundries, stationeries, and baby and children's clothing stores. However, some regions have decided to delay lifting the restrictions. The measures will be in force until May 3, according to the government decree. The Government has also expanded the list of permitted production activities to allow some forestry, landscape care and maintenance and hydraulic works to resume. Manufacturers and wholesalers of paper and cardboard products can restart production.