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In Pics: How countries around the world are reopening

Countries around the world are planning a gradual return to normal, opening borders and letting people back into restaurants and shops after more than a year of on-off lockdowns.

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Visitor line up at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP)

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout gains momentum, many countries are planning a gradual return to normal, opening borders and letting people back into restaurants, shops and sports venues after more than a year of on-off lockdowns.

With the number of coronavirus deaths starting to recede across the globe, a renewed sense of optimism has led governments to roll back restrictions.

But the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has led some countries to delay elements of their return to normal.

However, the race is on to vaccinate as many people as possible.

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1BRITAIN

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Britain’s nightclubs are reopening for the first time in 17 months as almost all coronavirus rules are set to be scrapped. Britain pushed back reopening plans by nearly a month on June 14. It reopened pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other hospitality venues on July 19.

Non-essential retailers in England reopened on April 12 along with pubs and restaurants operating outdoors. Indoor hospitality, cinemas, theatres and sports halls reopened on May 17 with capacity restrictions. Britain also resumed international travel, with quarantine rules still in place for most arrivals. (AP)

2CANADA

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A Niagara tour boat to the falls with less-than-capacity onboard approaches the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Phase 3 of Ontario’s Covid-19 opening plan arrived with a whimper in Niagara Falls with the return of tourists anything but a crush. The biggest visible difference were families lined up for tickets to indoor attractions and indoor dining, although most patrons seemed to still choose the patios.

3PARIS

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People relax at the Champ-de-Mars garden next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Eiffel Tower reopened recently for the first time in nine months, just as France faces new virus rules aimed at taming the fast-spreading delta variant.

France ended its national night-time curfew on June 20, 10 days earlier than initially scheduled, while face masks will soon no longer be required outdoors. On June 9, the country fully reopened its cafes, bars, and restaurants. Sports halls, spas, swimming pools, and casinos also resumed operation. Shops, museums, cinemas and theatres reopened on May 19. Foreign tourists with a “health pass” can also visit the country now. (AP)

4GERMANY

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Germany eased restrictions on those fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus from May 9, lifting curfews and quarantine rules as well as the obligation to provide a negative test result to visit a hairdresser, a zoo or to go shopping.

From May 12, travellers have been able to enter the country without the need to quarantine, except those arriving from countries designated as risk areas. Germany is on target for outdoor concerts this summer, with social distancing and Covid-19 testing for attendees, and fans should be back at soccer matches in August. read more

A rule which forces companies to allow working from home will be lifted on June 30. (AP)

5GREECE

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Greece became the latest country with a new measure coming into effect requiring proof of vaccination or recent recovery from Covid-19 for access to indoor restaurants, cafes, bars and movie theaters. Children can enter with negative tests. (AP)

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6ISRAEL

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Women, one wearing a mask as a measure of protection against the coronavirus, stroll along Yoel Moshe Solomon Street under 1,000 parasols that are part of the Umbrellas Street Project in Jerusalem, on the day the government convened an emergency meeting on a rise in coronavirus infections. In recent months, Israel has reopened businesses, schools and event venues, lifting nearly all restrictions after it inoculated some 85% of the adult population. It’s now seen as an early-warning system of sorts for other nations. (AP)

7INDIA

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The Taj Mahal and all other centrally protected monuments, museums and sites, closed for around two months due to the Covid pandemic, reopened on June 16.

The Delhi Metro and DTC buses will run at full seating capacity in Delhi from 5 am on July 26 onwards. Theatres and multiplexes will open at 50 per cent seating capacity. Spas have been permitted to open but only if all the employees are fully vaccinated or undergo an RT-PCR test fortnightly. (PTI)

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