On April 15, the European Commission together with the President of the European Council, has proposed a European roadmap to phase-out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak. The EC press service published this information.
"Responsible planning on the ground, wisely balancing the interests of protection of public health with those of the functioning of our societies, needs a solid foundation. That's why the Commission has drawn up a catalogue of guidelines, criteria and measures that provide a basis for thoughtful action," President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said.
The Commission's roadmap lists recommendations to consider when planning to lift containment measures:
- Lifting should be gradual;
- General measures should progressively be replaced by targeted ones. For example, protecting the most vulnerable groups for longer; facilitating the gradual return of necessary economic activities, etc.
- Internal border controls should be lifted in a coordinated manner. Travel restrictions and border controls should be removed once the border regions' epidemiological situation converges sufficiently.
- The re-start of economic activity should be phased-in;
- Gatherings of people should be progressively permitted, taking into account the specificities of different categories of activity, such as schools and universities, commercial activity, social activity measures (restaurants, cafes) with possible gradation, mass gatherings.
- Efforts to prevent the spread of the virus should be sustained, with awareness campaigns to encourage the population to keep up the strong hygiene practices and social distancing.
- Action should be continuously monitored and preparedness developed for returning to stricter containment measures as necessary.
Earlier it was reported that some European countries weaken quarantine.