Factbox: Back to pubs, gyms and movies: blazing the trail back to normal

(Reuters) – As the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout is gaining momentum, many countries are planning a gradual return to normal, opening up borders and allowing people to return to restaurants, shops and sports venues after more than a year of locking.

Here are some of their plans, in alphabetical order:


Australia, which plans to allow international travel from mid-2022, lifted the ban on its citizens returning from India on May 14.


Belgium plans to ease almost all lockdown measures from June 9 on the condition that the momentum of its vaccination campaign continues and the number of people in intensive care units remains below 500.


Non-essential retailers in England reopened on April 12, as well as pubs and restaurants operating outside. Domestic hospitality, cinemas, theaters and gyms reopened on May 17th. Britain has also allowed international travel to resume, but people arriving from most destinations are still under quarantine.

The rule of more than one meter of social distancing for restaurants and pubs could be dropped on June 21.


Chileans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to move more freely within the country from May 26, although the country’s borders will remain closed until mid-June.


France has allowed cafes, bars and restaurants to offer an outside service from May 19. Indoor meals will be allowed from June 30.

He also pushed back a nighttime curfew to 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) from 19h. This will be moved to 11 p.m. starting June 9 and completely scrapped on June 30.

All shops, museums, cinemas and theaters reopened on May 19. Foreign tourists with a “health pass” will be able to visit France from June 9.

Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17.


Germany eased restrictions on people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from the virus from May 9, lifting curfews and quarantine rules as well as the requirement to provide a negative test result to visit a hairdresser, zoo or shopping.

From May 12, travelers can enter the country without the need for quarantine, with the exception of those coming from countries designated as risk areas.

On May 23, Germany opened its border with France to those who are vaccinated, cured or may have a negative COVID-19 test.

Berlin lifted a nighttime curfew and eased restrictions on shopping from May 19 and allowed alfresco dining from May 21.

Other regions, such as the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, are planning a three-stage opening program that started from May 12, with indoor restaurants opening June 2 in areas of COVID-19 incidence less than 50 per 100,000 people.

The state of Bavaria has allowed alfresco dining and the opening of concert halls, opera houses, theaters and cinemas from May 10 in areas with low incidence rates. Hotels, vacation homes and campsites reopened from May 21. It also made it possible to travel to neighboring Austria.

Lower Saxony eased restrictions from May 10 in areas of low incidence for those vaccinated, with a negative test result or proof of cure. This included reopening outdoor restaurants, accommodation for local travelers, and all retail stores.

Hamburg has allowed open-air restaurants and retail stores to reopen from May 22, with theaters and concert halls from May 28.

Germany as a whole is on track for outdoor concerts this summer, with social distancing and COVID-19 tests for participants, and if the cases drop, other fans should be back to football games in August.


Greece reopened restaurants and bars from May 3, organized beaches on May 8, and the tourism industry on May 15. Tourists from the rest of the European Union as well as Great Britain, the United States and Israel are allowed to visit as long as they have been vaccinated, may show negative signs COVID-19 test results, or recovered from the virus.


India’s capital New Delhi plans to start easing its strict coronavirus lockdown from May 31 if new cases continue to decline in the city.


Israel reopened its borders to foreign tourists on May 23. As part of a pilot program scheduled to run until June 15, Israel has given the green light for visits by 20 groups of five to 30 tourists from countries like the United States, Britain and the United States. Germany.


Italian cafes, restaurants, cinemas and theaters partially reopened in most areas on April 26, and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers at indoor tables from June 1.

The outdoor swimming pools opened from May 15th and some gym activities will resume on June 1st.

Italy has lifted quarantine restrictions for travelers from European countries and the Schengen zone, as well as Britain and Israel, from May 15.

On May 18, it pushed back a nighttime curfew to 11 p.m. from 10 p.m. and relaxed other curbs in low-risk areas. The curfew will begin at midnight from June 7 and will be abolished from June 21. Gyms will reopen on May 24.


On May 21, Japan added the island of Okinawa to its list of prefectures subject to the most stringent emergency measures. The measures will remain in effect in Okinawa until June 20. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga must decide by the end of May to extend or lift restrictions for the other nine prefectures.


The Netherlands lifted a nationwide curfew on April 28.

Parks, zoos, gymnasiums and outdoor swimming pools reopened on May 19, while outdoor service at bars and restaurants was extended from two hours until 8 p.m. Public libraries opened on May 20, with museums and interior service in restaurants which should follow in the next three weeks.


New Zealand will end in June the temporary foreign investment rules it adopted last year to prevent inflammatory sales of distressed business assets during the coronavirus pandemic.


Poland reopened shopping malls on May 4, hotels from May 8, and restaurants were allowed to serve food outdoors from May 15. By the end of May, all children should be able to return to school, and events such as weddings with up to 50 people will be allowed.

He also postponed for a week the reopening of cinemas, theaters, concert halls and cultural institutions, until May 21.

Indoor dining, indoor sports facilities and swimming pools may reopen with capacity restrictions on May 28.


Qatar will gradually lift restrictions in four phases until July 30.

From May 28, recreation, education, restaurants, gymnasiums, swimming pools and lounges can operate at limited capacity, while bans on weddings, conferences and exhibitions remain in effect.[nL2N2ND1W6]


On May 17, Saudi Arabia opened land, sea and air borders. From May 20, foreign visitors arriving by air from most countries no longer need to quarantine if they have been vaccinated.


South Korea said on Wednesday that masks would no longer be needed outdoors from July for people vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 shot. People receiving at least one dose will also be allowed to congregate in larger numbers from June.


The curfew was lifted across most of Spain on May 9. Since then, the responsibility for emergency measures has fallen to each region.

From May 24, Spain will allow people from low-risk third countries to enter without negative results PCR test.

From June 7, it will allow vaccinated people to enter the country from anywhere in the world.


Turkey began easing its lockdown on May 17 by allowing movement during the day while maintaining curfews at night and on weekends until June 1.


On May 3, New Yorkers were allowed a drink in a covered bar for the first time in months, days after Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city should reopen fully on July 1. .

Its metro network, which closed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. to disinfect stations and cars, resumed 24-hour service on May 17.

On May 3, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order ending all local emergency measures.

On May 19, the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut lifted most capacity restrictions on businesses, including retail stores, food services and gyms.

New York and Los Angeles have announced plans to fully reopen schools from September.

California will lift most of the remaining crowd capacity limits and physical distance requirements on June 15.

Virginia plans to lift all restrictions on June 15, except for a mask mandate, while Minnesota plans to remove all limits by July 1, or sooner if 70% of residents in the l ‘State over 16 years of age are vaccinated.

(Compiled by Vladimir Sadykov, Dagmarah Mackos and Federica Urso; Editing by Mark Potter and Mark Heinrich)

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