How Europe plans to ease its way out of lockdown

Stickers reading ‘for our health, leave this seat free’ are displayed on seats as commuters wait for the metro on the platform in Paris © AFP via Getty Images

May 11

Crèches, nursery and primary schools reopen, as well as all shops and food markets. Social distancing measures will have to be maintained.

Smaller museums and libraries are allowed to reopen.

Cemeteries to reopen. Places of worship to remain open but no religious ceremonies allowed. Funerals limited to 20 people.

Outdoor exercise allowed. Parks reopen in some regions, depending on infection rate. Team and contact sports remain banned.

Freedom to travel, domestically and internationally. However, travel from non-EU countries will be restricted.

Journeys of more than 100km permitted for essential purposes only. Train reservations will be mandatory and public transit will only operate a 70 per cent timetable.

Private or public gatherings of up to 10 allowed.

Face masks will be obligatory on public transport and in taxis, and recommended elsewhere in public.

The government aims to perform 700,000 tests per week. Those tested positive will have to self-isolate either at home with their entire household for 14 days, or in accommodation provided by the state.

May 18

Secondary schools reopen, with a maximum class size of 15 students.

End may

The government will decide whether to reopen high schools, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

June 2

Religious ceremonies may be allowed and beaches may reopen.

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