Returning to life: How different countries exit from coronavirus lockdown?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The world is gradually weakening the bans introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19. For example, Czech citizens can already gather in companies of up to 10 people, Israeli - to visit beauty salons and go shopping. In Spain, you can already do sports on the street, and in Italy you can walk in parks and city gardens.
20:22, 6 May 2020

Weakening the lockdown
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USA (more than 68 000 dead)

American leader Donald Trump presented the plan to exit from quarantine on April 17.

It consists of three stages, which governors should implement at their own discretion.

Stage One. People, as before, should whenever possible work at home and not get together in groups of more than 10 people, if it is impossible to maintain a distance. Travel not related to work and not urgent is not recommended.

At the same time, cinemas, temples, and sports facilities can be opened, subject to observance of social distance measures.

Stage Two. You can open schools and resume trips and stay out of the house for minor matters.

Stage Three. Visits to hospitals and nursing homes are permitted. You can fully resume work.

Each stage should last about two weeks so that the incidence does not begin to increase again.

President of the United States speaks on COVID-19 vaccine
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At the same time, people at increased risk for Covid-19 complications should stay at home, restricting contact with others until the start of the third and last stage.

Several states have already introduced quarantine weakening. In particular, the state of Texas on May 1 began the phased opening of enterprises that were closed more than a month ago. Restaurants, retail stores, and malls were allowed to partially resume operations. The second phase is scheduled for May 18 if the number of infected people continues to decline. In Texas, employers made plans to return staff to their offices.

At the same time, the states of California and New York reinforce quarantine. In California, restrictions on leaving home will be effective until May 19, while in New York State, quarantine has so far been extended until the end of this month.

Donald Trump noted that the “worst” phase of the pandemic will end by the end of summer.

"But we will extend the restrictions until we feel that we are safe," the American president said.

Italy (almost 29 000 dead)

Since May 4, about 4 million people are returning to work in Italy. From today, factories and kindergartens work, and restaurants can prepare food for delivery. However, not all restaurants can restore work - many small family-owned establishments have stopped business. At the same time, it will become easier for farmers to sell their crops in the markets again.


Citizens can already play sports in parks, while mass gatherings are still prohibited.

Italians are also allowed to travel around the regions to visit relatives.

At the same time, meetings with relatives can occur subject to individual protection measures - the presence of masks and maintaining the distance.

Retail stores and museums will open on May 18, then sports team training will be resumed. Beauty salons, hairdressers, as well as bars and restaurants will begin work on June 1.

Spain (more than 25 000 dead)

A few days ago, the country once again prolonged quarantine but eased some restrictions on children (since mid-March, they were generally forbidden to leave home).

El Pais

So, children under 14 years old were allowed to walk with their elders for one hour a day.

They are also allowed to run, jump and exercise, but are prohibited from visiting game parks. Compliance with the rules of social distance is also mandatory.

From May 2, the Spaniards were allowed to go out for sports.

It is expected that the gradual easing of quarantine in Spain will begin towards the end of May. According to the Catalan Quarantine Telegram channel, the central authorities hope that the country will quarantine completely by the end of June.

The government’s plan to exit lockdown has four stages (0-1-2-3), the transition from one to another will depend on a number of indicators (epidemiological results, security measures taken in trade, transport, etc.).

As for the rest, the local press writes that the country will be ready to accept tourists no earlier than 2021.

France (about 25 000 dead)

Restrictive measures in the country should have been removed on April 15, but it was decided to extend them until May 11.

According to President Emmanuel Macron, after this date, schools, colleges, and universities will be reopened. At the same time, restaurants, bars, and cinemas will remain closed.


It is expected that the process of lifting restrictive measures will not be carried out separately in each region of the country.

Germany (more than 6.8 thousand dead)

Since April 20, some relaxed quarantine measures have begun to operate in the country.

In particular, the government allowed to open schools for high school students (kindergartens are still closed) and stores with an area of ​​800 square meters.

On Monday, May 4, hairdressers were allowed to resume work in many federal states, as well as classes for schoolchildren who will have to take final exams next year. Churches, mosques, and synagogues are again open for believers.

According to DW, museums, exhibitions, zoos, and botanical gardens have also opened in many cities. In the state of Saxony-Anhalt, meetings are now allowed for up to five people with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, which allows you to resume, in particular, playing sports in clubs and holding various educational events. In the remaining 15 lands, a ban on meeting more than two people remains in force.

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In a number of lands, in particular Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Rhineland-Palatinate, they allowed to open all shops and shopping centers, regardless of the size of their retail space.

The decision to open kindergartens, the full resumption of schools and the resumption of sports clubs and associations, including the holding of matches of the football Bundesliga, was postponed until May 6.

Czech Republic (249 dead)

The country's authorities lifted restrictions on free movement, and citizens were allowed to hold public meetings in groups of up to 10 people.

In addition, since April 25, the government has allowed the opening of shops up to 2500 square meters, as well as fitness centers, libraries, small church services and exhibitions at the zoo.

Shopping centers, large malls, hairdressers and beauty salons, restaurants and cafes with a transfer window are planned to be returned to work from May 11.

According to Industry Minister Karel Gavlicek, by May 25 the work of most enterprises and restaurants should resume in the Czech Republic.

And the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Tomas Petrzycek said that in July the country plans to open borders with Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Poland.

Austria (598 dead)

The country does not plan to extend the mandatory self-isolation regime in connection with the quarantine, which expired on April 30.

France 24

According to the Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober, people are allowed to leave their homes, not only in case of emergency.

Also in Austria they talked about permitting events with the participation of not more than 10 people, and up to 30 people can take part in the funeral.

These measures will be valid until the end of June, further restrictions will be reviewed.

Israel (234 dead)

The government has decided to ease quarantine, which entered into force at midnight on April 26.

Israel allowed the sale of food in take-away restaurants, without sitting at tables, the work of hairdressers, beauty salons and shops.

However, some rules continue to apply, and control over their implementation will be strengthened.

In particular, masks should be worn in public places from the age of 7. The exception will be those who have medical contraindications, confirmed by a certificate, or play sports. A fine will be paid for the first violation of this rule.

With regard to the resumption of schools and kindergartens, in the first stage, kindergartens are planned to be divided into two groups of about 15 children each. Each group will attend the garden for one part of the week, and the other to engage in distance learning.

High school students will continue to prepare for final exams simultaneously with distance learning. Meetings with teachers to prepare for the exams will be held in groups of 10, and preference will be given to children with special needs, students who receive assistance from social services and students from families of new repatriates.

Poland (683 dead)

Since April 20, the country began to gradually lift quarantine restrictions. The government plan to gradually weaken quarantine was presented by Prime Minister Mateusz Moravecki.

The first stage is the opening of forests and parks, excluding playgrounds. The second is relaxed trading rules.

Citizens are still required to wear masks in public places and maintain a distance between them. If possible, everyone should work remotely.

As the Minister of Health Lukasz Shumovsky noted, the rules for wearing masks and social distance can be applied even for a year or two or until a vaccine is found.

If the number of infections does not decrease, some time will have to pass until the next stages of easing restrictions.

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Starting May 4, shopping centers and hotels will reopen throughout Poland. However, hotel guests are now not allowed to use dormitories, children's rooms, swimming pools, saunas, and discos. In the case of shopping centers, the requirement of maintaining social distance and wearing a protective mask in public places continues to apply.

Also from today, museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, and bookstores can resume work. However, decisions on them are made by local sanitary authorities.

At the same time, schools, universities, and kindergartens in the country will be closed until May 24. Final exams at schools and colleges, which usually begin in May, have been postponed to June.

Saudi Arabia (184 dead)

The country's authorities eased restrictive measures. In particular, King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud ordered a reduction in curfews in all regions from 17:00 to 09:00 local time, DW reports. This regime will be valid until May 13.

However, relief does not extend to the center of Muslim pilgrimage - Mecca, where the 24-hour curfew remains in force.

In addition, shopping centers, as well as retailers and wholesalers from today can once again open their doors to customers.

Permission will be valid for two weeks. Factories and construction companies will also be able to resume work. At the same time, cafes, restaurants, sports clubs, cinemas, and hairdressers will remain closed.

Australia (95 dead)

In the country's most populous state, New South Wales, authorities decided to ease quarantine by allowing people to visit others and go to the beaches.

From May 1, residents of this state (up to two adults) are allowed to visit another person in his house. Children can accompany adults at the same time. People who feel bad should stay at home.

Bondi Beach and two neighboring beaches in Sydney have already been opened for locals. A month ago, entry to these places was banned due to large crowds of people who made social distance impossible.

The government also allowed tennis, but you can only train one at a time, the equipment should be individual, and the traditional handshake after the game is also worth forgetting for now.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Australia closed its external and internal borders, halted business operations, and introduced strict rules on social distance.

Serbia (193 dead)

Starting May 4, the country resumes public transport. And from May 7, Serbia intends to abolish the state of emergency, which will allow resuming the work of shopping centers, cafes, and restaurants, taking into account the observance of the rules of social distance.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vuci said that the level of coronavirus infection in the country has fallen and has been less than 5% for seven consecutive days.

Egypt and Turkey

The Egyptian government allowed opening hotels for domestic tourists, but only a quarter of the maximum number of them can be accommodated, and from June this figure will be doubled.

Now hotels must provide disinfectants and clean up more often, and serve food only in restaurants. A doctor will work in the territory, guests will be daily measured temperature, and employees are required to pass an express test for the presence of coronavirus. Mass events at the resorts are still prohibited.

Similar rules are introduced in the resorts of Turkey. Foreigners here will appear no earlier than August. The most sensitive changes are the abolition of the all-inclusive system, which attracts tourists. The buffet will be replaced by the comprehensive menu, people will be able to choose dishes. Hotels will force to receive no more than 50% of the guests of their capabilities. The distance between the tables in the hotel restaurants should be at least two meters.

Ukraine (303 dead)

Quarantine in Ukraine
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On May 4, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine extended the quarantine in the country until May 22. But starting from May 11, some concessions will begin to operate, in particular, will be opened:

    parks, squares, recreation areas;
    beauty salons, hairdressers;
    wholesale and retail trade in non-food products, except for entertainment and food zones, children's zones in the mall;
    takeaway catering establishments;
    summer areas of cafes and restaurants in the open air;
    museums, libraries;
    training in the team and individual sports for professional athletes;
    household appliance service;
    dentists, auditors, lawyers, notaries, etc.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal noted that "each stage has clear indicators and depends on the dynamics of the spread of the disease. The government roadmap for quitting quarantine will make it possible to save the lives of Ukrainians and at the same time gradually restore economic stability."

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