According to Statistica.com, approximately a third of the world’s population is in lockdown — barred from leaving their houses or area as a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. But, China’s Hubei province, where COVID-19 originated, lifted their lockdown on April 8th — after it was confirmed that the peak of the virus spread in that region had passed.
Some countries have implemented less restrictive measures and maintained normal freedom of movement (e.g. Sweden and Nicaragua) throughout the pandemic, but most countries are at least under a “state of emergency” declaration that expands the legal and operational resources available to their governments to respond to the emergency. For instance, Japan issued a state of emergency in order to empower their government to curb the spread of coronavirus in Osaka, Tokyo and a few surrounding provinces.
As the coronavirus runs its course, many countries are beginning to ease restrictions put in place in order to start the slow process of returning to normal economic and life conditions. We have compiled a list of countries that have taken steps towards allowing their citizenry free movement, at least within their borders. This list also includes countries that never had restrictions in place as a result of the outbreak.
AFGHANISTAN – Some domestic flights of have resumed on a limited basis. Border with Iran re-opened.
ALBANIA – On Monday April 20th, Albania allowed some 600 businesses to reopen, including those in the agriculture, fishing, hospitality, retail, mining, oil and gas, and textile sectors. Taxis may resume operation on April 27th and residents are permitted to use their private vehicles in the following cities: Mat, Diber, Klos, Bulqize, Librazhd, Prrenjas, Pogradec, Divjake, Memaliaj, Kelcyre, Tepelene, Himare, Gjirokaster, Permet, Libohove, Dropull, Finiq, Konispol and Sarande.
ALGERIA – Starting on April 24th, the curfews in some major areas were loosened based on the severity of the Covid impact in those areas. For instance, the curfew in Algiers was shortened by two hours. On the 26th, businesses such as hair salons, bakeries, fashion retailers, office supply stores, furniture outlets, taxi operations, etc, were allowed to reopen.
ANDORRA – Andorra has allowed its residents to leave their houses according to individuals’ names, ages, and house numbers. For instance, those who live in even numbered homes are allowed to go out on even dates. The country has also designated specific hours for certain daily activities: Andorrans can exercise in the mornings and evenings, and shop in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The elderly have a designated 11am – 2pm timeslot when when they are allowed to leave their homes.
ANGUILLA – From April 22nd, government offices resumed day-to-day functioning; childcare facilities reopened; and some non-essential business was allowed to resume. Starting on April 30th, fishing operators may resume operation.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – The government has eased lockdown by allowing restaurants to open for delivery and drive though, and by allowing cruise traffic to change anchorage and berth on a case-by-case basis during the period of island-wide curfew.
ARGENTINA – Residents may leave their homes for exercise so long as they remain within 500 meters of their residence and practice social distancing.
ARMENIA – Some checkpoints have been dismantled. Most businesses (including all factories, restaurants, and hair salons) have been allowed to reopen. Residents may walk within 1km of their home and the inter-province travel ban has been lifted. Finally, the national soccer league has resumed practice. All must comply with safety rules.
AUSTRALIA – On April 20th, some Sydney beaches re-opened for exercise. Moreover, up to two adults and children are permitted to visit with friends or family in their homes. Australia has also allowed some medical operations and businesses to reopen. Overall, the Australian response is diversified with different parts of the country reopening in different phases: Queensland will permit shopping malls to reopen; Western and Southern Australia are allowing gatherings of up to 10 people; and some states are opening schools. Australia and New Zealand are discussing re-opening the border to visitors from each other’s country.
AUSTRIA – On April 14th, Austria allowed DIY stores, garden centers, and shops of less than 4300 sqft to reopen. On May 1st, it reopened shopping centers, larger shops, salons and other service providers. Tentatively, bars, restaurants, and churches will be allowed to operate as of May 15th.
AZERBAIJAN – The ASAN Xidmet centers is opened with pre-registration. Businesses that are permitted to open include: tutoring services, bookshops, copy and print services, photo studios, cleaning services, car dealerships, various retail stores for household and business goods, and business to business stores such as agricultural machinery and fertilizers.
BAHAMAS – On April 19th, the government announced a partial re-opening of home and hardware stores, nurseries, auto parts and service locations, as well as construction and maintenance services.
BAHRAIN – Bahrain has permitted shopping malls and some stores to reopen since April 9th. However, workers and customers are required to wear masks; they cannot overcrowd; and, the shop must have measures in place to disinfect regularly.
BANGLADESH – Approximately 1000 garment factories in Dakar and Chittagong have reopened.
BARBADOS – Starting on April 15th, residents were allowed two days a week to leave their homes for essential purposes. Additional easing on the sale of alcohol and the reopening of beaches from 6am to 9am followed. Online classes resumed on May 4th.
BELARUS – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
BELGIUM – As of May 4th, residents are permitted outdoors for exercise. Fabric shops are allowed to reopen while public transport is expected to be open and running at full capacity so long as passengers don masks. Finally, business to business companies have been permitted to reopen although remote work is still encouraged.
BELIZE – On April 17th, banks and financial institutions were allowed to open to accommodate residents receiving unemployment checks. All in-country transportation resumed for work and essential travel.
BHUTAN – While Bhutan has closed its international borders, it has not closed its internal business activities. There is an early business closing time of 7 pm.
BOLIVIA – Starting on May 11th, the less effected regions of Bolivia will be reopened, allowing residents to return to work.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Starting on April the 24th, the population over the age of 65, and younger than the age of 18, will be permitted to leave their residences based on a set schedule. The Bosniak and Craot Federation lifted their night-time curfew.
BRAZIL – About 40 of the 570 commercial centers have reopened. Malls in some states in Brazil have reopened. Sao Paolo is expected to relax some lockdown measures on May 11th.
BULGARIA – Parks are being reopened for exercise so long as residents observe social distancing rules. Certain non-emergency medical procedures have been permitted to resume.
BURKINA FASO – On April 20th, the government reopened one market to test the re-opening of all marketplaces at the end of the month. Vendors and buyers are required to have their temperature taken, wash their hands, and wear masks. In addition customer numbers inside the marketplace are limited and vendors are required to carry hand sanitizer.
BURUNDI – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak, although some businesses are closed.
CAMBODIA – The ban on inter-province travel has been lifted.
CAMEROON – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak. However, gatherings are limited to 50 people. The 6pm curfew for restaurants has been lifted and replaced with required safety measures.
CANADA – New Brunswick reopened parks and beaches. Saskatchewan, Quebec (except Montreal), and Manitoba are permitting stores with street-facing entrances to open to the public. Montreal is expected to reopen stores the week of May 18th. Toronto is expected to reopen its community gardens this week. Some provinces will see schools opening on May 11th.
CHILE – The government is issuing immunity cards so those who are Covid-free can return to work.
CHINA – On April 8th, China lifted the lockdown in Wuhan. Some at-risk neighborhoods remain in quarantine. There also remain significant non-essential travel restrictions in some parts of the country, due to a resurgence of new cases. Children have returned to school in Beijing and Shanghai.
COLOMBIA – Starting on April 27th, individuals may resume outdoor sports activities by observing safety guidelines. Construction and manufacturing business are allowed to reopen.
COMOROS – While mosques are closed during Ramadan, the population is permitted to continue business activities with a curfew, mask requirement, and a ban on mass gatherings.
COSTA RICA – Starting on May 1st, theaters, gyms, and athletics centers may open with social distancing protocols. Beauty salons, retail shops, and car dealerships may also resume operations if they remain below 50% capacity.
CROATIA – The government has removed the requirement of e-passes for travel. These passes are special electronic permissions issued to those who can prove that they have a reason to leave their city of residence. On April 27th, businesses that do not require close human-to-human may reopen. This includes libraries, museums, and bookstores. Public transportation, speed boat lines, and other intra-country transport services may also open. Religious services may resume May 2nd. Service industries where close contact cannot be avoided, such as salons, may reopen on May 4th. Domestic flights are expected to resume on May 11th.
CYPRUS – Starting on May 4th, construction and related companies, as well as retail stores (not malls) were permitted to reopen.
CZECH REPUBLIC – Starting on April 7th, residents were permitted to exercise (jog, hike, cycle) without masks, and some low-contact sports facilities were permitted to open. On April 20th, the government lifted restrictions on open-air markets, crafts and trades with workshops, and schools and universities. If conditions permit, larger stores may open on May 11th, and restaurants and shopping malls may follow in early June. Residents are also permitted to travel abroad on holiday so long as they can show they are Covid-free upon return, or undergo a 14-day quarantine.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – On April 21st, the Gombe district, the largest in Kinshasa, reopened supermarkets, grocery stores, and banks.
DENMARK – On April 15th, Demark reopened nurseries, kindergartens, and primary schools. On April 20th, it lifted restrictions on hair salons, massage and tattoo parlors, dentists, and driving schools.
DOMINICA – As of April 27th, some businesses (including liquor stores) may operate from 6 am to 4 pm. Passenger buses resumed operation with social distancing guidelines.
ECUADOR – Ecuador was under complete shutdown, closing borders even to its own residents and citizens. On April 20th, the government stated that it has authorized flights home for its residents stranded abroad as a result of coronavirus. The government also announced plans to restart its economy.
EGYPT – Shopping malls and businesses will be allowed to reopen on the weekends, but must close by 5 pm. The nightly curfew has been pushed back from 8 pm until 9 pm.
ESTONIA – Starting on May 4th, the residents of Saaremaa, Muhumaa, Hiiumaa, Vormsi, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Manija islands can travel to the mainland and back. Estonia is expected to reopen schools and all health care facilities on May 15th.
FIJI – The country’s largest city, Suva is no longer under lockdown, although there is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am. The government has authorized inter-island flights and sea routes to resume.
FINLAND – The country has lifted the lockdown in the Uusimaa region of Helsinki by removing roadblocks to into the region. Starting on May 14th, early childhood education and care providers may reopen.
FRANCE – Starting on May 11th, all shops and markets will be allowed to reopen. Kindergarden, primary, and secondary schools may also reopen on May 11th.
GABON – Travel within Libreville is now permitted between 6 am and 6 pm. Small businesses such as car repair shops, salons, workshops, and other small shops may reopen with health protocols in place.
GEORGIA – On April 27th, the Georgian government allowed taxis and private cars, E-commerce, delivery services, and open air markets to resume operations. The next phase of opening is slated for May 10th, which will permit construction, auto services, recreational areas, and manufacturing to reopen.
GERMANY – On April 20th, Germany allowed shops with a retail space below 8600 sqft, larger car dealerships, bike shops, and book stores to reopen. Children were also permitted to go back to school as of May 4th. Barber shops, large car dealerships, play grounds, museums and churches were also allowed to reopen.
GHANA – The government has lifted the lockdown in the Accra and Kumasi regions. Both essential and non-essential businesses may reopen. Ghana became the first African country this week to lift coronavirus restrictions.
GREECE – As of May 4th, Greeks can venture out for non-essential reasons. Retail shops, book stores, small retail shops, and salons were allowed to open. On May 11th, students in the final grade will be permitted to return to school to complete their exams.
GRENADA – Certain businesses are permitted to operate between 8 am and 5 pm starting on May 4th, until May 11th, when the lockdown is expected to lift. Residents may also venture out for 1.5 hrs a day for exercise.
GUATEMALA – The national curfew has been eased by two hrs, from 6 pm until 4 pm.
HAITI – Haiti’s Prime Minister reopened textile factories on April 20th.
HONDURAS – The government allowed hardware stores to open on April 16th, adding to other essential businesses previously opened.
HONG KONG – Hong Kong never came under full lockdown. The government has limited restaurants’ capacity to 50% of occupancy, seating to no more than four per table, and require restaurants to provide hand sanitizers. Karaoke rooms, bars, and mahjong parlors are closed.
HUNGARY – Public spaces and businesses partially reopened. On May 4th, shops, salons, restaurant patios, terraces, beaches, open air zoos, and museums were allowed to open (except in Budapest and Pest county).
ICELAND – Public gatherings of up to 50 people were allowed as of May 4th. Also permitted are preschools and grade schools, sports activities for children, museums, movie theaters, libraries, hair salons, massage parlors, salons, non-essential medical providers, and physical therapy providers.
INDIA – On April 20th, workers in certain sectors were allow to resume work. These sectors include agriculture, manufacturing and construction. It is estimated that these sectors represent as much as 60 percent of India’s economy. Different cities are under different risk zones, ranging from green to red, which also indicates the level of opening that can take place. Regardless of zone rating, liquor and hemp shops were permitted to reopen throughout the country.
IRAN – On April 13th, businesses outside Tehran reopened. Businesses in Tehran were allowed to reopen the following Saturday if they registered with the proper authorities and follow health guidelines. The government offices in Tehran also reopened with 66 percent of the workforce returning. Mosques in 123 Covid-free administrative regions will also reopen.
IRAQ – On April 21st, the government permitted some businesses to reopen, including open air markets. Residents will also be allowed freedom of movement inside of Baghdad between 6 am and 7 pm.
ISRAEL – The government has issued a detailed guideline for the types of businesses allowed to reopen and the conditions for reopening. Some openings include high street shops, schools for children with special needs, sports, public protests, public baths, and small-scale prayer meetings.
ITALY – On April 14th, Italy allowed some businesses to reopen in some low-risk regions. These include bookshops, children’s clothing stores, and laundromats. On May 4th, manufacturing, construction, wholesale commerce, textile and fashion, automotive, oil, and furniture production businesses were allowed to reopen. Residents were also, at this time, permitted to visit their relatives. Some regions have allowed bars and restaurants to reopen, such as Veneto and Calabria.
JAPAN – Japan is not under lockdown, although the government is urging social distancing and observance of health protocols.
JORDAN – On April 19th, Aqaba’s residents are no longer under lockdown, but they are required to adhere to strict health guidelines. The curfews in Karak, Tafileh and Maan were lifted on April 22nd.
KAZAKHSTAN – On May 4th, all businesses less than 500 square meters were allowed to reopen and residents may venture outdoors to exercise. Other businesses permitted to open include clinics, salons, law, real-estate, and information technology companies. Flights will also resume between Kazakhstan’s two largest cities.
KENYA – Kenya is not under lockdown. There are some curfews for public transport and for the population, but outside of the curfew hours, the population may carry on as usual.
KIRIBATI – The country has not had a reported case, and is not under lockdown. It is observing the health condition of its people to determine if more measures are necessary.
KYRGYZSTAN – Starting on May 1st, businesses in the following industries may resume operation: energy, chemical, oil and gas, mechanical engineering, electrical and instrument manufacturing, textile, mining, materials, and other business to business activities. Hair salons and transport services may also resume.
LAOS – A ban on non-essential travel has been lifted. Public gatherings are permitted of up to 50 people. Industrial production may resume. Schools (kindergarden, primary, and secondary) may reopen on May 11th.
LEBANON – Restaurants may now open at 30 percent capacity during the day.
LIECHTENSTEIN – All shops, markets, as well as clinics, were allowed to reopen on April 27th.
LITHUANIA – Small retailers and services that do not require lengthy contact with the patrons may reopen as long as social-distancing measures are observed. Vilnius has plans to open its public spaces as a large open-air café.
LUXEMBOURG – Construction and renovation projects may resume, along with its work force, which includes landscapers. Plant nurseries, florists, and stores selling construction material also reopened on April 20th. Certain specialized education providers may also return to work. The next phase of opening will include schools, with bars and restaurants to be assessed after May 11th.
MADAGASCAR – Madagascar’s three main cities’ lockdowns have been lifted with their residents permitted to move about from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm. Craftsmen and builders can return to work under strict health guidelines.
MALAWI – There is no lockdown since the court has overturned the President’s lockdown order. However, schools are closed, and the population is encouraged to work from home and follow hand-washing and social-distancing guidelines.
MALAYSIA – Malaysia allowed glove factories to return to full staffing as of April 1st. Monday May 4th, restaurants and many businesses were allowed to reopen so long as social distancing, hygiene, and contact tracing are observed.
MALI – The country has recently implemented a night time curfew on April 30th and closed their borders, but has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
MAURITANIA – Mauritania is not under lockdown. The country is currently enforcing a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts.
MICRONESIA – The first reported case has been found in Yap. Yap is under lockdown, but not other parts of the country.
MONACO – Shops were permitted to reopen on May 4th. This includes salons, dentists, and other personal care providers, but services must be provided by appointment. Sports, play areas, and boating also opened to residents. Children are set to return to school starting on May 11th.
MONTENEGRO – Consumer goods stores can now be opened from 7 am to 10 pm from Monday to Saturday. Gyms, car rental agencies, salons, book stores, clinics, museums and galleries may also open. Inter-municipal, non-essential travel is also permitted.
NAMIBIA – Starting on May 5th, residents may venture outdoors to exercise and use public facilities.
NAURU – Apart from closing borders to non-essential travel, the country has maintained freedom of movement.
NETHERLANDS – From April 29th, children and teenagers may participate in organized sporting events outdoors. Primary schools and daycares may reopen starting on May 11th.
NEW ZEALAND – On April 27th, the country lowered its coronavirus guidance to level three. At this level, it will allow schools to re-open, more businesses to operate, and delivery restaurant services. Hardware stores and online retailers will be allowed to operate so long as the employees follow distancing guidelines and goods are sold for delivery only. New Zealand and Australia are discussing opening borders to visitors from each other’s country.
NICARAGUA – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
NIGERIA – The President announced a curfew from 8 pm to 6 am, outside of which residents have freedom of movement. Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun states have reopened on May 4th.
NORWAY – On April 20th, kindergartens resumed classes on the condition that groups be limited to 6 children. Additionally, hairdressers and sports clubs may open again after more than a month of lockdown. Norwegians may also travel to other municipalities freely.
OMAN – Muscat has permitted the opening of the Mawelah Central Vegetables and Fruits Market starting on April 29th. The country has allowed some businesses to resume operation such as shops selling electric appliances, auto parts, car and boat repair workshops, and car rental offices.
PAKISTAN – Congregational prayers at mosques have been restored, and certain essential businesses can resume operation. These businesses include, cement, fertilizer, and chemical manufacturing, glass manufacturing, mining, paper and packaging manufacturing, e-commerce (aimed at exports), and a number of smaller businesses. The country is enlisting half a million young Pakistani in the Tiger Force to help organize the reopening of the country.
PALAU – Apart from closing external borders, Palau has maintained freedom of movement internally.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Primary schools and high schools resumed classed. University and tertiary education resumed on April 27th.
POLAND – On April 20th, Poland started to open its parks and forests. Hotels, shopping centers, libraries, museums, and outdoor sports areas may also open on May 11th.
PORTUGAL – Small shops, salons, and car dealerships may open, with salons servicing on an appointment-only basis. Subways have also resumed operation, but at only two thirds capacity.
QATAR – The government has opened Streets 1, 2, and Wakalat St as of Wednesday April 22nd. Additional streets will be reopened in the coming days.
ROMANIA – Travel restrictions have been lifted, but travelers cannot congregate in groups of more than three people. Salons, museums, and clinics are expected to open on May 15th.
RUSSIA – Starting on May 4th, salons and hairdressers may resume operation in Kaliningrad. Other non-essential businesses re-opened on April 29th in the same province. Some popular restaurants are permitted to stay open in Chechnya.
RWANDA – Some businesses, including restaurants, and hotels are permitted to reopen if they agree to follow health and safety protocols. Restaurants may open only until 7pm, whereas hotels may remain open in the evening for guests.
SAMOA – Samoa has lifted restrictions on inter-island ferries and buses with limited capacity. Restaurants are open for delivery. Beaches and rivers have also reopened.
SAUDI ARABIA – The 24-hr curfews have been lifted as follows: regions and cities without a 24-hr maximum curfew may now leave their homes from 9 am to 5 pm. Regions and cities with the 24-hr curfew may leave their homes from 9 am and 5 pm for essential purposes only. Retail stores and shopping malls have been reopened since April 29th.
SENEGAL – Stores and shops may operate on certain designated days of the week, and not on weekends.
SERBIA – On April 21st, mechanics, tailors, dry cleaners, farmers markets, and retailers were allowed to open with some protective measures in place. Workers on the under-construction Belgrade-Budapest rail line may return to work under hygiene guidelines.
SEYCHELLES – Those working in shops, retail-home deliveries, food outlets, restaurants, mobile units, spas, hairdressers and barbers, postal services, fishing industry, construction, and tourism may resume work starting on May 4th.
SINGAPORE – Starting on May 5th, traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture will be allowed to resume. These practitioners may also sell their retail products. Residents living in buildings may exercise within the common areas.
SLOVAKIA – On April 22nd, all shops and premises offering services with retail areas up to 3200 sqft may open. Out-door sports venues and restaurants offering take-out may open. Contactless sports without audience or changing room, long-term accommodation without catering, car dealers, and outdoor market places may also resume operation.
SLOVENIA – On April 20th, small hardware shops, car repair shops, golf courses, badminton courts, and dry cleaners were allowed to open. Businesses selling furniture, cars, bicycles and construction material may also open. Salons, beauty parlors and pet grooming centers were permitted to open on May 4th.
SOLOMON ISLANDS – Apart from closing external borders, the country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
SOUTH AFRICA – Agriculture and mining operations and related businesses may resume operation. Twenty percent of the work force has been permitted to return to work.
SOUTH KOREA – South Korea is not under lockdown. Employees have been returning to work as malls, parks, golf courses, and some restaurants have reopened. Sports and religious services have resumed. The government expects to restore South Korea to normalcy on May 6th if the coronavirus continues to be contained.
SPAIN – On April 14th, the government allowed construction and factory workers to resume work. Spain expects to open some of their shops and allow children outdoors on April 26th, and that the lockdown will be fully lifted in a few weeks. On May 4th, small shops and hair salons were allowed to reopen on a by-appointment basis. Theater openings are expected to follow on May 11th.
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – The country is not in lockdown. However, closure of some ports, social distancing and hand washing are suggested. And, foreign visitors are put in quarantine.
SRI LANKA – Movement permitted outside of curfew hours, but no public gathering allowed. Public transport may operate but only at half capacity.
SWEDEN – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
SWITZERLAND – Starting on April 27th, the government will allow businesses like salons and garden centers to re-open. It also plans to return students to compulsory schooling from May 11th. Hotels have remained opened for the duration of the outbreak.
SYRIA – The government has shortened curfew by 90 minutes a day to allow markets and small businesses to open on alternate days during the 30-day period of Ramadan.
TAIWAN – Taiwan is not in lockdown. The country has social distancing guidelines and quarantines travelers, but has maintained freedom of movement for the duration of the outbreak.
TAJIKISTAN – The country has no reported cases and no lockdown. However, gatherings for prayers are banned and mosques are closed.
TANZANIA – Dar-es-Salaam is not under lockdown.
THAILAND – Starting on May 3rd, the country lifted bans on the sale of alcohol and reopened salons, restaurants, and outdoor spaces for exercise.
TIMOR L’ESTE – On April 29th, public transport operators resumed operation under health and safety protocols.
TOGO – It is not under a lockdown. There is a curfew from 7pm to 6 am and adjusted working hours for public servants. The government is providing water and electricity for free to its citizens during the three-month state of emergency.
TONGA – Government services are back in full operation and schools are open although an 8 pm to 6 am curfew remains. Liquor licensed night clubs, clubs, bars and kava clubs shall open on Fridays and Saturdays only. All gyms, sporting events and activities, celebration of birthdays, marriages and other related gatherings may also resume.
TUNISIA – Businesses are allowed to reopen on a rotational system, with one opening day and one rest day, and by regulating the number of employees in attendance. Anyone without a work permit will not be allowed on public transport.
TURKMENISTAN – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
TUVALU – The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak.
UKRAINE – It is estimated that 872 markets reopened on April 30th as part of the government’s easing of Covid-related restrictions.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Abu Dhabi and Dubai opened shopping centers in preparation for Ramadan. Malls in Dubai can open for ten hours per day, while those in Abu Dhabi are limited to 2 pm to 9 pm. There will be additional restrictions on the capacity, limitation on hours per visit a customer may spend at each mall, and age restrictions put in place. Restaurants and cafes may be opened, but must cut their capacity to 30 percent with proper social distancing. Residents may also leave their homes without a permit between 6 am and 10 pm.
UNITED STATES – United States has declared a state of emergency, and allowed 50 states to set their own standards to fight coronavirus. All but Arkansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska have some level of business closures or shelter-in-place orders. Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont have issued orders for some level of reopening businesses in construction and retail, and the reopening of state lands like beaches and national parks. Georgia and Oklahoma have allowed grooming businesses to reopen, in addition to a myriad of others. Additionally, Georgia’s reopening extended to church services on April 24th, and theaters, social clubs and dine-in restaurants on April 27th.
URUGUAY – The government has allowed hundreds of primary schools to resume lessons in rural areas. However, attendance will not be mandatory. On May 4th, more than 45,000 construction workers may resume work with added health and safety protocols. Transportation may operate at up to 50 percent of capacity.
UZBEKISTAN – Residents may venture outdoor for exercise and a stroll. Inter-province travel may also resume for the transport of farm products to customers.
VANUATU – Apart from a temporary lockdown on April 26th to conduct contact tracing as a result of contact with a foreign-owned cargo ship, the island has closed external borders, but maintained freedom of movement.
VIETNAM – Vietnam has had no new recorded cases in seven consecutive days and is reopening the country. Currently domestic flights have been restored based on consumer demand. Lower-risk districts are opened first, with the higher-risk districts to follow. All districts are expected to reopen on April 30th. Classes resumed on May 4th.
ZAMBIA – Borders remain open. The country has maintained freedom of movement throughout the outbreak although gatherings are limited to 50 people.