Lockdown eased across Europe

Lockdown restrictions are easing across Europe on Monday as governments move to the next phase of their response to the pandemic.

  • After eight weeks in lockdown, Italy is finally lifting some of its restrictions. People will be able to visit relatives, parks are reopening, and bars and restaurants can do takeaway. About four million people are expected to go back to work, although face masks will be mandatory at work and on public transport
  • Small businesses like hairdressers are opening their doors in Spain, though they can only serve customers who have made appointments. Some of the country’s islands will loosen restrictions even further, as they have not been as badly affected as the mainland
  • Zoos, museums and hairdressers reopen in Germany, with some students also returning to school
  • School leavers go back to class in Austria, and senior exams take place for pupils in Hungary – though schools there remain closed
  • Poland allows hotels, libraries, museums and shops to reopen, but hairdressers, restaurants and playgrounds remain shut

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