NEWS

New lockdown-easing measures coming this week

Czech Republic

Reopening universities on 27 April as part of flurry of lifted restriction in recent days. Non-essential travel now permitted as is meeting in groups smaller than 10 but masks are mandatory in public

Spain

Children to be permitted to leave their homes once per day with an adult. Government expected to allow outdoor exercise and walks from 2 May, provided infection rate continues to slow

Norway

Extending ban on large events to 1 September, but will rule on 30 April on whether to start permitting events with fewer than 500 attendees to go ahead

France

Prime minister Edouard Philippe will present a national exit strategy to parliament on Tuesday, which will then debate and vote on the recommendations

Greece

Registry offices and courts to reopen on 27 April, with plans under discussion to reopen some commercial outlets from next week

Austria

Larger shops, shopping centres and hairdressers due to reopen from 1 May. Restaurants and hotels could reopen from mid-May if health conditions allow

Albania

Shops and courts to be reopened this week and people will be permitted to be outside for more than the current 90 minutes per day. Decision on schools to be made next week

Portugal

Aims to start lifting restrictions from start of May, with further easing to be considered every 15 days

Italy

Aims to restart manufacturing as soon as 4 May. At least one region, Veneto, last week defied the central government and relaxed restrictions on cemeteries, takeaways and pizzerias

Germany

Measures eased last week, leading to an increase in social activity that has worried some health authorities. Masks to be mandatory in shops and on public transport from 27 April

Belgium

Has announced plan to allow shops to open from 11 May, with schools reopening the following week but with caps on the number of pupils in each class

Switzerland

Opened some businesses such as approved hairdresser and flower shops but next stage begins 11 May when primary school children return to school and all retail stores reopen

No lockdown easing at all in UK, Ireland and Netherlands