Some countries in the region are considering loosening social distancing restrictions to regain a semblance of normalcy — and restart the economy.
Austria plans to ease its lockdown next week; if it goes through with it, it will be the continent’s first nation to reopen its closed shops and restaurants. Denmark will open schools and day care centers on April 15, ending the country’s three-week-long halt. On April 9, the Czech Republic lifted a number of its social distancing measures, and plans to roll back its travel ban on April 14, allowing citizens to leave and foreigners to enter.
Earlier this week, Italy and Spain, were also considering easing their lockdowns — before deciding a few days later that they’d need to extend them for at least a few more weeks.