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European Countries Eases Lockdown Order

People in some European countries were able to return to their normal activities, economic activities gradually reopened after a long period of blockade and isolation due to COVID-19 epidemic.
On April 15th, the European Union (EU) urged a number of member countries to loosen the blockade order to close it slowly and progressively, step by step. Between steps, these countries must measure the impact and risk of openness.

The European Commission (EC) emphasizes that countries should not allow the entire population to return to work at the same time, and asks EU members to establish a common framework for testing, collecting data, and support the national health care system
CNN said WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge warned: Any relaxation on the continent can present significant risks. A study in the medical journal The Lancet suggested that loosening should only be done when the COVID-19 vaccine has been successfully prepared.

Germany is one of the world's earliest widespread COVID-19 testing countries. The country also plans to relax the blockade next week. Shops with an area of ​​over 800m2 stalls can be put back into operation on April 20. However, major events with large crowds continue to be banned in Germany. Schools that comply with the health hygiene regulations will be open from May 4th, with special priority given to seniors.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of the country signed a decree to allow bookstores, laundries, stationery stores, and children's clothing shops to resume business on April 14th . Some other industries such as forestry, computer production, paper making, landscape care are also on the list of easing.

The Italian government makes these changes in preparation for a more open opening after May 3. Any business that operates again must comply with the rules enacted to limit the spread of disease. Italy's hardest hit areas, such as Lombardy, decided to postpone the relaxation.

In Spain, in the capital Madrid, about 300,000 people returned to work on April 13, approximately a month since the country ordered a nationwide blockade. Some industries such as construction have been allowed to operate again. Bars and restaurants are still closed.
To ensure effective prevention, Spanish police are providing more than 10 million masks for workers traveling on public transport such as subways, buses, and trains.

The Danish Prime Minister said the country was speeding up the relaxation of the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic after noting new positive cases that were lower than expected. On April 15, several schools in Denmark were reopened. The Danish government renewed the ban on gathering more than 10 people until May 10th. Churches, cinemas and shopping malls will remain closed. All major festivals and events are banned until August 2020.

The Czech Republic reopens outdoor sports facilities from April 6, and students return to school from April 20. High school graduation exams will be held after June 1. Weddings of less than 10 attendees will be held. From June 8, all retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and other accommodation services will be allowed to operate again.
Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz said the country was slowly recovering its economy by reopening some small-scale retail stores. People will have to wear a mask when going to the supermarket or when using public transport. Restaurants and hotels will be allowed to resume their business as early as mid-May 2020.

In Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said that the country will give priority to kindergartens and primary schools that will resume operation by the end of April 2020 in an effort to help all pupils and students get to school before the summer season.

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