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European countries lifting Coronavirus restrictions this week.

Belgium: Preschool classes will resume from Tuesday. Lessons in primary schools will be able to resume from June 8 (possibly with a “trial” day on June 5).

Netherlands: Restaurants, cafés and bars, cinemas, theatres and concert halls reopened Monday. Secondary schools are reopening Tuesday. Students and teachers must stay 1.5 metres apart. Primary schools will reopen from June 8. Face masks must be worn by people aged 13 and above on public transport.

Switzerland: From June 6, private and public events with up to 300 people will be allowed, including family events, fairs, concerts, plays and film screenings, as well as political and civil society demonstrations. Sports training resumes without any restrictions on group sizes from June 6. Larger groups will be allowed in restaurants from June 6 and activities such as playing pool or live music shows will also be allowed. Classroom teaching at upper secondary and vocational schools and at higher education institutions will resume from 8 June.

Italy: Fifty museums and archeological parks will reopen Tuesday (a national holiday). More than 180 cultural institutes have reopened so far. Museums have to follow government guidelines. Games in Italy’s Serie A football championship will restart on June 20.

Portugal: Most of the country entered the third phase of de-escalation on June 1. People can gather in crowds no larger than 20 people, work in offices is gradually resuming. Larger stores and restaurants in shopping malls can re-open and the 50% maximum capacity for restaurants has ended as long as a distance of 1.5 meters is maintained. Pre-schools are reopening, along with cinema, theaters and bars and clubs on the island of Madeira until 2 a.m. Tourists do not need to quarantine when entering Portugal. Beaches will reopen June 6.

Ireland: “Phase 2” starts on June 8. People will be able to travel up to 20km away from home as opposed to the 5km limit which has been in place since May 5. Small retail outlets can reopen with a small number of staff. Public libraries may open so long as the numbers allowed in are limited, social distancing is observed and there is strict hand-sanitizing. On June 29, crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers will open in a phased manner; the opening of all other non-essential retail outlets will be phased in; cafés and restaurants providing on-premises food and beverages can reopen. They must comply with social distancing and strict cleaning protocols.

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