Re-opening

    • Europe shyly opens external borders

      Europe shyly opens external borders

      Europe started on 1 July shyly to open its external borders, with citizens of just 15 countries initially allowed to enter, news wires reported. The difficult agreement was reached on the last possible day, 30 June, after heated debates for more than a week Citizens of the US, Russia and Turkey will not be allowed in for the time being as these countries are still considered a risk due to the high number of Covid-19 cases.

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    • Louvre prepares to reopen as of 6 July

      Louvre prepares to reopen as of 6 July

      With it's zig-zag barriers, the room containing the world-famous Mona Lisa looks rather like an airport check-in area at the height of the holiday season. Orange dots on the floor mark where visitors are expected to stand in order to keep a safe distance from one another. The safety precautions are just a couple of the many measures the Louvre is taking when it reopens to the public on July 6 following the coronavirus lockdown, DPA reported.

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    • Greece further eases coronavirus restrictions

      Greece further eases coronavirus restrictions

      Cinemas, casinos and children’s summer camps in Greece reopened on Monday, while concerts, conferences, commercial fairs and artistic events can once again be held, in the latest phase of the country’s easing of lockdown measures, news wires reported. Outdoor summer cinemas have already been open for several weeks, but this is the first time indoor theaters will be able to operate since the lockdown was imposed in March.

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    • Eiffel Tower reopens amid strict restrictions

      Eiffel Tower reopens amid strict restrictions

      The Paris emblem, the Eiffel Tower, re-opened on Thursday for visits but with strict restrictions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Until 1 July, the landmark will be accessible only by stairs in order a safe distance between people to be ensured to limit infection risks. The landmark will emerge from its longest closure since World War II in time for the summer season, but with limited visitor numbers at first, and with mandatory face masks for all over the age of 11.

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    • Britain to reopen pubs and hotels in early July

      Britain to reopen pubs and hotels in early July

      British PM Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday pubs, restaurants and hotels in England could reopen early next month, easing the coronavirus lockdown that has effectively shut the economy, news wires reported. In other signs of a gradual return to normal life, hairdressers will also open again, along with tourist attractions like theme parks. However, nightclubs, indoor gyms and swimming pools will stay closed.

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    • Greece readies for tourist reopening

      Greece readies for tourist reopening

      The safety of tourists is a top priority for Greece as it opens its airports to foreign visitors, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday cited by Reuters during a visit to the popular holiday island of Santorini. International flights to and from the country’s main airports will resume on 15 June, after a nearly three-month lockdown. Tourism accounts for about 20% of Greece’s economic output.

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    • Austria opens borders for most EU arrivals

      Austria opens borders for most EU arrivals

      Austria is lifting checks at its border with Italy and ending quarantine requirements for more than 20 European countries as of 16 June, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Wednesday. “We are opening Austria's borders to all EU, EFTA and EEA states with four notable exceptions - Sweden, the UK, Spain and Portugal,” Schallenberg told a news conference.

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    • Ireland hopes that “summer is not yet lost”

      Ireland hopes that “summer is not yet lost”

      Ireland hopes to be able to recommend the resumption of air travel with a select number of countries in a number of weeks, PM Leo Varadkar said on Thursday, telling prospective holidaymakers “summer is not yet lost,” Reuters reported. While some European countries such as Germany, Spain and Austria plan to lift coronavirus-related border restrictions with neighbouring countries this month, Ireland has been more cautious about it.

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    • Spain lays down plans for late June tourism opening

      Spain lays down plans for late June tourism opening

      Spain will open up land borders with France and Portugal on 22 June and will start welcoming tourists to some islands and areas with the Covid-19 infection under control around the same time, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Thursday cited by the news wires. Spain's land frontiers have been shut to everyone but Spaniards, cross-border workers and truck drivers since mid-March, but with deaths and infections sharply down, the country is trying to gradually restore freedom of movement.

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