Plotting the Road Back to Normal after Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

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    People attend the massive experimental concert "Ambition Live Again", organised by Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and music industry union Prodiss to assess health risks associated with resuming large-scale public gatherings since the beginning of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at Paris Accor Arena in Paris, France, May 29, 2021. French rock band Indochine performed at a concert venue in central Paris on Saturday before a crowd of 5,000 fans in a welcomed return to pre-pandemic life, with the exception of masks and mandatory tests. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - 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.

    Here are some of their plans:

    Britain

    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. Britain also allowed international travel to resume, with quarantine rules still in place for most arrivals.

    The government aims to lift most remaining restrictions in England on June 21.

    Chile

    Fully vaccinated Chileans can move more freely within the country but borders will remain closed through mid-June.

    Egypt

    Egypt lifted restrictions imposed in early May, including early closure of shops and restaurants, from June 1.

    France

    France allowed cafes, bars and restaurants to offer outside service from May 19, with indoor dining to follow on June 30.

    It also pushed back a nightly curfew to 9 p.m. from 7 p.m. That will be moved to 11 p.m. from June 9 and scrapped completely on June 30.

    Shops, museums, cinemas and theatres reopened on May 19. Foreign tourists with a "health pass" will be able to visit from June 9.

    Germany

    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, 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.

    Berlin lifted a nightly curfew and eased restrictions on shopping from May 19 and allowed outdoor dining from May 21.

    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.