We see that many countries are at a crossroads to determine the best exit strategy after the COVID-19-pandemic. Below an overview of measures in several (EU) countries. The overview document (a summary of the most important information related to businesses) is also updated.
In overall we see in the latest version that many countries are taking the step on new roads after the pandemic.
An updated overview of measures in other countries
According to our information, most shops of less than 800 m2 reopened in Germany as early as 20 April. Coming Monday (11 May) also zoos, museums, galleries will be permitted to re-open. The hairdressers are also permitted to start again. Prayer houses, museums, memorials, zoos and playgrounds can do the same or have already done so.
Restaurants/bars/hotels/beergardens open their outer area May 18, inside May 25 and hotels May 30.
Schools and kindergardens open gradually with some special rules. In some states (Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt, Bremen) the schools will gradually reopen as of today (4 May)
Cultural centres, bars, restaurants - except for deliveries - playgrounds and sports fields will remain closed. Large gatherings are prohibited until at least 31 August. The mouth mask will be compulsory in transport and in shops.
Companies without direct contact with customers are permitted to reopen as of today (4 May), subject to the rule to keep 1.5 meters distance. Public transport will be back at full speed but people are asked to get on the bus or tram only if they do not have transport themselves and if it is possible to travel outside rush hours. Wearing a mouth mask in public transport is mandatory.
Day trips or trips to the coast are not yet allowed. The border also remains closed for non-essential travel until 8 June. As of today (4 May), however, Belgians are allowed to meet up again with two people who do not live in the same house, but only for outdoor sports and if they keep enough distance. Other gatherings remain forbidden, as well as events, school excursions, activities of youth movements and worship services. Markets are forbidden and shops that are not essential are still locked.
In France, the lockdown will be phased out on May 11th. From June, the French can go out again without a permit form for their groceries, appointments or individual sports activities. The kindergartens and primary schools will reopen gradually, but with a maximum of 15 pupils per classroom. Furthermore, the elderly are advised to stay at home as much as possible in the coming months.
All French people are advised to wear mouth caps in all places where the 1 metre distance rule cannot be applied properly. In public transport, mouth protection is mandatory. In any case, all shops and markets will open from 11 May, but large shopping centres will remain closed for the time being.
It is unclear when restaurants, cafes, cinemas and entertainment venues will reopen. The French government will probably give its verdict on this around 20 May. Parks and beaches will in any case remain closed until at least 2 June. All events with more than 5,000 people are prohibited until September.
As of 27 April work in some sectors has been resumed (for example in the car industry). As of 4 May the manufacturing, construction and wholesale sectors is also allowed to reopen. Italians will also be allowed to visit their families and meet in limited numbers. The parks will reopen, taking into account social distancing.
Bars and restaurants will not be allowed to open but they will have the opportunity to sell takeaway food. Their full reopening is expected on June 1st, as are beauty salons and hairdressers. All retailers will be able to reopen on 18 May, as well as museums, cultural attractions and libraries. The schools will remain closed at least until September.
Travel remains remain limited within the residential community, and is linked to a person's work and health.
As of today (4 May) bookstores and car dealerships will be permitted to reopen. Local trade, up to 200 square meters, overlooking the street, can also be reopened with a mandatory mask. Hairdressing and beauty salons can also open by appointment. Some public services, such as tax centres, reopen by appointment - with a mandatory mask. On public transport, the mask is compulsory. Individual outdoor sports are permitted.
Secondary schools, museums, art galleries, restaurants and cafés reopen on 18th May, theatres and cinemas on 1st June, with social distance rules.
On April 28, a plan for a gradual transition with four phases was announced, with each phase set to last at least 2 weeks. Decisions will be based on regional conditions.
The Government has already permitted the reopening of certain non-essential companies. Large food stores, hairdressers and outdoor facilities are permitted to re-open as of 2 May.Also as of 2 may, travel restrictions will be lifted, meetings up to 10 people will be allowed, with a reduction for social distance. Restaurants are expected to reopen in mid-May. A mouth mask is compulsory for travel.
As of 4 May bookshops, hairdressing and beauty salons, electronics and sports goods shops, garden centres are permitted to reopen. All other shops will reopen on 11 May, with the exception of shopping centres that are closed until 1 June.