New Zealand and the United Kingdom has revealed plans for the reopening of their countries since a total lockdown was imposed to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern said authorities will begin to lift lockdown measures in several phases, but warned that while her country “may have won a few battles,” it has not “won the war” against the virus.
Starting May 14, cinemas, retail, playgrounds and gyms can reopen with physical distancing and strict hygiene measures. Travel will also resume alongside schools which is expected to begin on Monday. Thursday, May 21, bars can reopen with the three ‘S’s in place.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has also outlined plans for a phased reopening of Britain’s economy, citing decreasing hospitalizations and deaths, and asked anyone who cannot perform their jobs from homes, such as construction and factory workers, to return to work.
Britain will “soon” introduce a quarantine period on people coming into the country by air, Johnson announced on Sunday. The prime minister said that starting Wednesday, Britain will be allowed to participate in “unlimited” outdoor exercise, but can only sunbathe or play sports with members of their own household.
As part of his phased reopening plan, the prime minister said elementary schools and shops could begin to reopen as early as June 1. He said parts of the hospitality sector “and other public places” could be cleared to reopen at the earliest in July.
As of Monday, New Zealand confirmed three new cases and the total number of cases sits at 1497. Though the rate of new infections has slowed significantly. 1386 cases have now recovered – 93 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases.
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