İrem GÖL -TDO- France and Spain have announced detailed roadmaps for gradual, phased exits from their strict coronavirus lockdowns, with restrictions to be loosened progressively and varying from region to region. The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, told parliament the decision to confine the population to their homes six weeks ago had saved 62,000 lives but it was now time to start lifting lockdown to void economic collapse.
He said: “We are going to learn to live with Covid-19 and to protect ourselves from it. It is a fine lien that must be followed. A little too much carelessness, and the epidemic restarts. A little too much caution, and the entire country sinks.” As some regions of the country are hit harder than the others, the lockdown measures would be lifted by area, with counties classified as red, orange and greed depending on their infection level.
French children will return to pre-schools and primary schools on voluntary basis from 11th of May. The classes will be restricted to 15 students. Junior high schools may open in areas where infections are low from 18th of May. A decision will be made at the end of May on whether senior schools can reopen in June. Most shops, except the cafes, bars and restaurants, will be allowed to reopen from 11th of May.