On April 6, the Sofia Parliament decided to ease some of the restrictions that the country imposed in March to fight the spread of the corona virus. This means, among other things, that certain markets can be opened, while at the same time the fine for breaking certain restrictions is lowered.


In Cyprus, according to Reuters, no new decisions have been made regarding restrictions. The prevailing ones are valid until April 26 - residents can only go out once a day and there is a curfew between nine o'clock in the evening and six o'clock in the morning.


In Denmark, Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen and his government have decided to slowly open up the country again. As SVT has previously reported, the country reopens its schools, but with restrictions on how close the children may be to each other.

Some stores such as hairdressers and driving schools may also open again at the end of April.


Finland has not shown any signs of changing the restrictions it has imposed. The exception was that the government could not extend the isolation of the province of Nyland further because there was no longer any support in the law for it. Thus, schooling at a distance still applies except for the smallest children, and that restaurants should remain closed until 31 May.


The country is one of the worst affected in Europe with almost 18,000 dead in the pandemic. The closure of France is valid until 11 May. It is hoped that schools and shops can open then, but according to Reuters, restaurants and hotels are expected to be closed for a longer period.


In Greece, permits are still required to move outdoors. Only April 27, local authorities will review what the options look like to change the restrictions, Reuters reports.


On 10 April, the island nation decided to extend the quarantine in the country until 5 May. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that he will follow developments in Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic. Three countries have announced that they should slowly start opening up again.


The country hardest hit by the corona pandemic in Europe has continued severe restrictions on its population where the Italians must stay at home except for business or pharmacy cases. This shutdown is set for May 3, but the government is looking into ways to ease the tough restrictions, Reuters news agency writes.


Lithuania has extended the shutdown of the country's operations to April 27, but it is also looking at the possibilities of easing the restrictions.


In the Netherlands, preschools, restaurants, bars and sports venues continue to be closed until 28 April.


Norway, like Denmark, has announced that it plans to slowly open up the country again. Preschools should open as early as April 20, and the hope is that the lower-secondary schools will be able to open the following week. The ban on Norwegians to go to their summer cottages and the closure of hairdressing salons, among other things, will also disappear. NRK reports that the bars in Oslo are expected to open only in May.

Large events will remain canceled at least until June 15.


Poland will open its parks from April 20. The restrictions on the number of authorized persons in business will also be eased.


Portugal remains closed until 2 May, it was decided on 16 April. At the same time, according to Reuters, the government has indicated that it is prepared to ease the restrictions if it is seen that the spread of infection continues to decrease in the country.


The last week has meant an increase in the number of cases of covid-19 in Russia. The restrictions vary from province to province. In principle, all grocery stores and restaurants are closed in the country. In Moscow, people can only move outdoors to go to work, buy food or go out with the dog, as SVT reported.


In Switzerland, the Minister of Health has presented a kind of three-step rocket in how the country may reopen. Activities such as hairdressers and psychology clinics can open as early as April. In the next step, schools will open in mid-May and the hope is that restaurants will be open in June, according to Reuters.


Spain is also severely affected by the corona pandemic. But on April 13, some restrictions could be eased. Now construction workers and manufacturers can open their businesses again. But otherwise, the heavy shutdowns are still in place. Shops and restaurants should be closed at least until April 26.


On April 16, the UK extended its shutdown by another three weeks. So the British must continue to stay at home. The only exception is if they have to buy supplies or seek medical help.

Czech Republic

The Central European country, like Denmark, has decided to slowly try to reopen society. Smaller shops will open on April 20, and preschools and schools have already been opened to reduce restrictions.


Turkey is facing a shutdown this weekend to prevent the spread of infection in the country. The country has, like many countries, previously released several prisoners in prison to reduce the spread there. Previously, the country had a 48-hour curfew.


On Friday, April 17, Germany announced that the corona pandemic was under control in the country. Therefore, schools and hairdressing salons will be partially opened from 4 May. But the harsh rules on social distancing, where only public gatherings of two people are allowed, will continue to apply at least until May 3.


In Ukraine, stricter restrictions have been imposed on the public. At the same time, Prime Minister Danys Shmygal is opening up to ease some restrictions, such as letting people go to work and starting public transport again.


The Hungarian government has announced that it is constantly reviewing how severe restrictions are needed. But the country has closed down at least until the end of April.


On April 14, thousands of stores reopened and the country has been one of Europe's first to ease its restrictions. Galleries, major shops and hairdressers are expected to open at the end of the month.