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New Zealand lifts COVID-19 restrictions; Europe follows in easing restrictions

Posted: Monday, June 8, 2020. 9:26 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The country of New Zealand has reportedly lifted almost all of its COVID-19 restrictions after reporting no active cases.

The new rules of the country indicate that social distancing is no longer required and there are no limits on public gatherings.

However, the borders remain closed to foreigners.

For over 2 weeks, the country has been COVID-19 free.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern said that while the country is in a safer position, there is no path back to pre-COVID life, but the focus the country has had on their health response will now be vested in their economic rebuild.

The country had gone into lockdown on March 25 closing most businesses, schools and staying at home.

When the cases began to decline, the country began to level down on its restrictions.

And, in Europe many restrictions are being cautiously lifted.

Germany has now allowed shops to re open and football matches resume.

Italy relaxed some restrictions in May allowing people to travel for longer distances and visit relatives.

On June 3, Italy opened its borders and ended regional travel restrictions.

France commenced to ease restrictions on May 11- going into phase 2 of easing restrictions on June 2.

Primary schools and nurseries began reopening after 11 May and schools for 11 to 15 year-olds (collèges) in green zones on 18 May.

Since mid-April, Denmark began to ease restrictions.

Day care centres and primary schools returned on 14 April, with children attending in shifts. Children aged 12-16 returned from 18 May

The Netherlands have allowed the reopening of libraries, hairdressers and nail bars.

Austria also eased restrictions allowing the reopening of small shops in mid April.

In Spain, schools remain shut until September. However, since May 26, classes were partially open for revision. Face masks remain compulsory.

The United Kingdom has registered 287,000 COVID-19 cases and 40,597 deaths.

On Sunday, the UK registered 55 daily deaths, the lowest since the lockdown began.


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