After the first loosening measures of Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, more countries of the region plan to start gradually scaling back the regulations imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Smaller retail stores can reopen next week in Germany
The German economy will start to return to normal from 20 April. Retail stores with a sales area of 800 square meters can reopen on Monday, while schools will gradually start from 4 May.
Regardless of the sales area, car and bicycle shops and bookstores, cultural facilities such as libraries as well as zoological and botanical gardens are also allowed to be open from Monday. Other social distancing measures, along with bans on large public events, restaurants and bars, will remain in place.
The Czech Republic’s five-step plan
The government of The Czech Republic has already started to loosen some coronavirus restrictions by opening outdoor facilities for individual sports and shops selling construction, hobby and hardware products. Also, business travels have been allowed. Now, the Czech government has drafted a five-step plan for loosening the coronavirus restrictions.
Most shops, service providers such as hairdressers, as well as outdoor areas of restaurants, museums and zoos can reopen as of 25 May. From 8 June, all retail stores and shopping malls, all restaurants, hotels and other accommodation will be allowed to reopen and the unlimited operation of cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be allowed. Each venue must adopt social distancing and hygienic regulations.
Romania plans to reopen schools
In Romania, schools may reopen from 15 May, according to the announcement of the prime minister of the country.
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