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Germany:

  • Shops smaller than 800 square metres can open from April 20.
  • Auto showrooms, bike shops and bookshops are allowed to open – regardless of size.
  • Pupils to return to school from May 4, with priority for children in their final years of primary or secondary school.
  • Hairdressing salons are allowed to reopen on May 4 – so long as they take steps to guarantee customers’ safety.
  • But… widespread social distancing measures are to stay in place until May 3.
  • Large events, including concerts and festivals, will be banned until the end of August.
  • And: Angela Merkel has recommended that people wear protective masks while out and about.

Italy:

  • Bookshops, laundries, stationers, children’s clothing stores opened from yesterday in some regions.
  • Forestry workers and IT manufacturers are allowed back to work.
  • But Lombardy and Piedmont, the provinces worst-affected by the pandemic, remain on full lockdown.

Spain:

  • Factory and construction workers returned on Monday.
  • But… Spain continues to have some of the strictest rules in Europe; children cannot exercise and the lockdown is expected to be extended after its April 26 expiry date.

Denmark:

  • Daycare centres and some primary schools have opened (as of Wednesday).
  • Although it’s worth bearing in mind – Denmark has no stay-at-home order. Even though bars, gyms and hairdressers are closed, most shops remain open.

France:

  • Creches, schools and colleges will be “progressively” reopened after May 11.
  • But, cafes, restaurants and hotels will remain closed.
  • Mass gatherings and events not permitted to open until at least mid-July.

Austria:

  • Smaller, non-essential stores and DIY shops opened on April 14.
  • All shops, malls and hairdressers to open on May 1.
  • But schools are to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Switzerland:

  • Companies providing personal services, such as hairdressers and physiotherapists, will be allowed to return to work on April 27.
  • Following gaps of two or three weeks for monitoring, schools may be allowed to reopen on May 11.
  • But bars and restaurants have to stay closed until at least June 8.

Finland:

  • Ban on all but essential travel in and out of the Helsinki region lifted.
  • Restrictions to stay in place until further notice.

Czech Republic:

  • Bike shops and DIY stores reopened before Easter weekend.
  • Universities will partially reopen for final-year students on April 20.
  • Farmers’ markets and car showrooms will be allowed to resume business on April 20.
  • Weddings of ten people or less will be permitted on April 20.
  • Shops are allowed to gradually resume business depending on their size – with shopping centres the last to reopen on June 8.
  • Schools and colleges will allow students preparing for exams to return from May 11.
  • Cinemas, theatres, hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes to reopen June 8 – though it’ll be legal to serve food and drink in beer gardens and outdoor spaces from May 25.
  • Cultural, sports and other events allowed to open from June 8.

Norway:

  • Kindergartens now to reopen between April 20 and 27.
  • Schools from first grade to fourth grade to reopen from April 27.

China:

  • Citizens were allowed to leave the city of Wuhan (where the pandemic started) on April 8 – upon designation of a “green code” on an official smartphone app.
  • As infection rates dropped in March, people were allowed out of their home for two hours a day.
  • In less-affected regions and cities, the majority of shops, restaurants and workplaces have gradually re-opened.
  • Starting from this month, Chinese citizens returning from overseas have to declare their health status and travel history before boarding using a social media app.

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