European countries further relax restrictions

Several European countries are to further ease coronavirus restrictions as of Monday, notably Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Bulgaria, etc., news wires reported. In all cases relaxations come together with strict measure to ensure social distance, disinfest and ensure no new infections will appear. The measures follow consistent drops in the number of daily recorded deaths across the continent.

As of today most businesses in Italy, including restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and shops, will be free to reopen after more than two months of nationwide lockdown measures. Catholic churches are re-opening, but there will be strict social distancing and worshippers must wear face masks. Other faiths will also be allowed to hold religious services. But health officials have warned of the continued dangers of large social gatherings.

Spain is set to relax its restrictions outside of Madrid and Barcelona, with groups of up to 10 people free to meet. But officials are warning that complacency over the virus could lead to a second wave of infections. Outdoor seating in bars and restaurants will be allowed, as well as family reunions and meetings between friends. In Madrid and Barcelona, along with parts of the north-west, the majority of restrictions will remain in place, but some small shops will be allowed to reopen.

Elsewhere in Europe, Belgium is to begin reopening primary and secondary schools under strict conditions on Monday. Portugal, Greece, Denmark and Ireland are among a number of countries which are also set to relax their lockdown measures. In Bulgaria shopping malls and fitness halls are set to start working.

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