Finally, the covid-19 pandemic seems to give Europe some respite. Several governments have started to reopen schools and allow circulation, but the concern about new vacancies that may be caused by the new, more contagious variants does not disappear.
No UK, the deflation will start on March 8. Among the main priorities of the Boris Johnson government is the reopening of schools, as well, starting from the same date, the recreation in public spaces between two people is allowed.
All schools in England must reopen on the date indicated and extra-curricular activities will also be allowed, provided they are held outdoors.
From March 29, further measures will be relieved, with open-air gatherings between six people or members of two households being allowed, and outdoor sports facilities (such as tennis and basketball courts) may be able to function again.
Later on, on April 12, shops, hairdressers, libraries and gyms they will be able to open, and bars and restaurants will be able to serve on terraces, and on May 17th it will be the turn of cinemas, theaters, concerts and events for up to 30 people. The English executive hopes that on June 21 all restrictions will be lifted.
Wales also began to suspect. Since Monday people have been able to meet outdoors and, next week, students will return to schools. As of March 12, trade is expected to join and reopen as well. At Scotland schools have already started to return to active life.
Despite the easing of measures, London has meanwhile announced that it remains banning travel abroad and restrictions on entry into the UK due to covid-19 until at least 17 May.
On the other hand, in northern Ireland the government announced the extension of the confinement until April 1. Still, children between the ages of 4 and 7 will be able to return to school from 8 March.
On Germany, schools and day care centers reopened on Monday in 10 of the 16 states, after being closed for two months, despite fears of a third wave of the covid-19 pandemic due to the British variant.
Angela Merkel wants to reopen, starting by easing the limit on gatherings, followed by all schools and professional institutes and, thirdly, the reopening of sport, restaurants and culture. However, in mid-February, the German chancellor warned that when the reopening plan is complete, the country should be kept in confinement for another two weeks, to make sure it is safe to suspect.
Our neighboring country also has its own confinement and its own rules. In Spain, the deflation started as early as January, for example in the Basque Country, Estremadura and the Balearic Islands.
More recently, Galicia and Castile and Leon have also announced the lifting of some restrictions.
In Galicia, from the 27th, mobility will be allowed between most municipalities, classes at universities and even the opening of shopping centers at the weekend. In Castilla y León it is allowed to move between the provinces of the community, but the borders with the other regions will remain closed.
Already in Italy, the system is similar to that used by Portugal and other European countries, separating regions and municipalities by risk areas. The deflation in some areas started in January, but it was on the first day of February that the largest part of the country became “yellow”.
Even so, travel restrictions remain in effect, as well as the mandatory use of a mask and curfew at 10pm.
The risk areas fluctuate, but on February 21 the country found itself with zero regions in the “red zone”, with the exception of some municipal confinements in the regions of Umbria and Bolzano.
European network says museums are ready to reopen
Europe’s museums are ready to reopen, to support urban life and accompany people in the new reality, the Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO) said on Monday.
In many countries, such as in Portugal, museums remain closed due to covid-19, while in others they reopened, a measure applauded by NEMO, since the network considers that “museums facilitate emotional processes in difficult situations”, such as the pandemic, in addition to having an “important role to play in social cohesion”.
The network stressed that “museums provide safe spaces during the pandemic, since they offer large spaces that allow controlled and safe visits by the public “, and are” educational institutions that offer different types of learning and formal and informal debate “.
In addition, museums developed comprehensive hygiene concepts, invested in ventilation measures, online ticket offices, control systems to limit the flow of visitors and sanitary facilities, among others to make their spaces safe, measures that apply to both visitors and employees.
For NEMO, museums have proven to be safe places, as no infection with the new coronavirus has been reported in any museum in Europe.
Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP // Lusa