In Europe, restrictions on the coronavirus have begun to ease in many countries. In most cases, the justification has been economic considerations.
The European Union has proposed opening up Europe's internal borders as soon as possible, but has recommended that the closure of external borders be continued. Germany, for example, is opening its borders to its neighbors in the coming month.
In Italy, France and Greece, the people got to the beaches on Saturday for a long time. Italy also plans to open its borders to tourists in July.
Today in Italy, churches, bars, cafes and hairdressers, among others, have been able to open their doors after two months of being closed. Closed shops have also been opened. Friends and family can meet again, as long as they do not move from one area to another.
The Vatican, which complied with Italian restrictions, opened St. Peter’s Church to visitors today, which was closed in early March. A few people waited to open, staying apart. Their heat was measured before admission.
In France, access to the beach was provided in areas with few infections. Although there are special rules on the beach: swimming is allowed, but sunbathing or other activities on the beach are prohibited. In France, the restrictions have been one of the strictest in Europe.
In France, beach rules include swimming, but not hanging out.
Photo: Estelle Ruiz / ZUMA
In Greece, more than 500 beaches were opened on Saturday to get tourism back massively affected by the coronavirus. In total, the tourism sector accounts for about one-fifth of the country's GDP. Domestic tourism will be relaxed in May. Services were also open from Sunday and many historic sites will be opened on Monday.
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In Athens, sun worshipers rushed to the open beaches. Parasols had to be placed at least four meters apart.
Photo: Panayotis Tzamaros / MVPhoto / ZUMA
In Denmark, meanwhile, secondary and high school students returned to schools on Monday after studying for two months in distance education. The Danish broadcaster DR said many pupils and teachers were delighted that the oldest pupils were back in school. The youngest students returned to schools as early as Easter.
In Denmark, restaurants, cafés and places of worship were also opened on Monday.
Sweden may relax the interest rate recommendations for the elderly. According to the news agency TT, information about possible easing is expected next week.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have created their own "travel bubble" within which healthy citizens and residents can travel freely if they have not been abroad for two weeks or exposed to the coronavirus.
In Germany, football fans have been looking forward to the start of football Bundesliga matches. The league started spinning again on Saturday, albeit without an audience and with strict health security measures.
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On Monday, British Culture Minister Oliver Dowden gave a confident assessment of the continuation of the country’s football leagues in June. The Premier League is set to wake up a corona break on June 12, as Dowden said plans have progressed well.
The German Bundesliga was launched on Saturday without an audience. Salif Sane of Schalke 04 picked up the ball from the team's goal.
Photo: Martin Meissner / REUTERS
Restrictions have also been relaxed elsewhere in Europe, including in Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Germany. Russia is also set to lift some restrictions and start the football season in June, although mortality rates have continued to rise.
Restrictions will also be lifted in other parts of the world
In the United States, a few states eased interest rate restrictions as early as Friday. In New York State, for example, many smaller areas were able to reopen construction sites. In almost all U.S. states, some interest rate restrictions have been removed since they were first imposed.
At the general level, Republicans in particular, including Republican President Donald Trump, have spoken out in favor of lifting restrictions. Democrats, on the other hand, have been more prepared, especially in larger cities.
People are excited to go out in New York’s Times Square at night.
Photo: Niyi Fote / ZUMA
On the African continent in Zimbabwe, the permitted opening hours for supermarkets, banks and factories were extended from six hours to eight and a half hours. However, citizens returning from elsewhere will continue to be instructed to remain in quarantine for 21 days. In the future, the need for restrictions will be assessed every two weeks.
In Asia, India's infection rate rose past China. In India, however, strict corona restrictions have curbed the progression of the disease. India will continue the restrictions for two weeks, until the end of May. At the same time, however, it was reported that some industries would be allowed to start operations.
In India, restaurants get to open their kitchens and start selling takeaway food. In addition, sports stadiums, for example, may host events, but without spectators.
According to the Indian authorities, the restrictions will be updated "as necessary, in view of the need to open up economic activities". The restrictions have dealt a major blow to Asia’s third-largest economy.
In Thailand, it was planned to open shopping malls and department stores on Sunday. Shopping malls and tourist destinations have also been opened in the Philippines and Vietnam.
In South Korea, professional golf took its first steps over the weekend to extend a period interrupted by a corona pandemic. The women’s professional tournament played in South Korea was of exceptional interest. The South Korean LPGA Championship is usually overshadowed by the U.S. and European professional championships.
New Zealand has also eased coronavirus restrictions, and cafes were allowed to open their doors as early as Thursday. At the same time, however, they must ensure adequate distances between tables and customers must remain in their fields.
Sources: Reuters, AP, AFP