The authorities of France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands have decided to ease the quarantine against the background of a campaign for mass vaccination against coronavirus. This is reported by The Associated Press.
French President Emmanuel Macron has authorized the reopening of primary schools since Monday. In May, the French will again be able to move more freely. From May 3, restrictions on daytime travel will be lifted in the country.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the latest surge in the infection, which resulted in the death toll in the country exceeded 100 thousand people, began to slowly decline. He also expressed hope that shops will be able to open from mid-May, and restaurants and cafes, which have been closed since October, will resume service.
At the moment, the number of intensive care units filled in the country remains consistently higher than at any time since the catastrophic first outbreak of the pandemic.
“The peak of the third wave, it seems, is already behind, and the pressure of the epidemic is decreasing,” Jean Castex stated.
In Italy, starting Monday, schools in low epidemiological risk areas may reopen to full-time education, and restaurants and bars may offer outdoor services.
April 28, The Netherlands, for the first time since mid-October, lifts the night curfew and re-opens the open terraces of bars and cafes. This is despite the fact that hospitals are cutting back on non-emergency care in order to increase the number of beds in the intensive care unit for patients with coronavirus.
The Spanish Prime Minister said he did not intend to extend the state of emergency beyond May 9. This means the curfew will be lifted, as will the travel bans. According to the head of government, vaccination can safely lift quarantine restrictions. This is despite the fact that more than 2,200 critically ill patients with COVID-19 still occupy a fifth of the beds in Spanish intensive care units.
In addition, Greece announced the resumption of its tourism activities from mid-May. It is known that the country from May 14 plans to receive Ukrainian tourists as part of the opening of borders for a number of countries outside the Schengen zone.
The Bulgarian authorities are also preparing to open the tourist season from May 1.