France, Spain, others take further steps towards easing coronavirus lockdown Britain, however, maintains its stance on sustaining restrictions for another three weeks till June 1. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, May 10, that this is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week but added that some primary school children count return and shops re-open June.
Some public places could re-open from July 1, he, however, warned air passengers travelling to Britain of mandatory quarantine measures to try to avert a new wave of the virus infections, signalling how cautious the country will be in relaxing its lockdown.
The government had come under pressure to outline its exit strategy from the lockdown.
Despite passing the peak of the outbreak, Johnson said it would be “madness” to waste the sacrifices the public had made since the lockdown.
Almost seven weeks after a nationwide stay-at-home order was put in place, more than 31,800 have died during the outbreak in Britain, the worst toll in Europe and second only to the United States.
Fears of a second wave of the pandemic, which has led to the deaths of more than 280,000 people worldwide and wrecked the global economy, stalked much of Europe and the world.
In France, people from Monday morning were allowed to walk outside without filling in a permit for the first time in nearly eight weeks, teachers will start to go back to primary schools, and some shops, including hair salons, will reopen. Bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas will, however, remain closed.