On Monday, May 4th, Several European countries, including Italy and Spain, eased restrictions imposed in the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic.
In Italy, construction and manufacturing activities are reopening in full on Monday. Other sectors, such as retail, will still have to wait a few more days.
Bars and restaurants are reopening for takeout services, and after eight weeks of strict restrictions, people are allowed to visit their relatives in small numbers and take a walk in the parks.
In total, around 4.4 million people are allowed to return to work, but face masks are mandatory in workplaces and on public transport.
In Spain, small businesses, including hairdressers, have been allowed to resume work, but in several Spanish islands, where the outbreak of the new coronavirus has been less severe, restrictions will be further relaxed. Face masks are mandatory for all people on public transport.
In Portugal, where the state of emergency was lifted on Sunday, hair salons, dry cleaners, repair shops, and other businesses are returning to work.
Face masks are a must in public transport and shops. Failure to wear them can result in a fine of up to 350 euros.
From May 18, schools in Portugal are scheduled to open their doors to senior students, and visitors will once again be welcomed by museums and art galleries. Bars and restaurants will also be able to reopen. However, everyone who is able to do so is advised to continue working from home this month and is forbidden to gather more than ten people.
After a six-week break, hairdressers are also allowed to resume work in Germany, where museums, zoos, prayer places, and children’s playgrounds have opened their doors on Monday.
On Monday thousands of pupils have also returned to schools as studies resume in final classes.
Wearing face masks on public transport and in shops is still a mandatory requirement in Germany.
In Poland, hotels, museums, and shops are allowed to resume work, but hairdressing salons and restaurants are still closed.
In Belgium, the industry is allowed to resume from Monday, and every citizen aged 12 or above needs to wear a mask on public transport.
Belgians are also allowed to meet up with two people outside of their household, provided they keep some distance from each other.
Greece has also eased the restrictions imposed 42 days ago in the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic.
Hairdressers, bookstores, and several other shops are allowed to resume work, and residents are allowed to leave their homes without restrictions. As in other countries, face masks are a mandatory requirement in public transport.
Lessons for students in the last grades of secondary school in Greece are scheduled to resume next week.
As Lithuania continues to ease the restrictions imposed by the new coronavirus pandemic, its citizens will be allowed to leave the country without any restrictions from Monday, May 4th.
The Polish-Russian border is currently closed to foreign citizens, but they are allowed to enter Belarus and Latvia.
All people returning to Lithuania must comply with the 14-day quarantine.
Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
Restaurants have been allowed to resume in Serbia, and hairdressers and other businesses have opened their doors in Croatia. Slovenia has also eased restrictions.
In all three countries, face masks are a mandatory requirement in public places.