Some Countries, States Begin the Reopening Process


Amidst the global Coronavirus pandemic, with many countries still under nationwide lockdowns for their citizens, some countries are now allowing their citizens back into the streets.

Some countries, mainly in Europe, are beginning discussions revolving around the possibility of relaxing their lockdowns. Germany for example, believes it has the virus under control within their borders, and have been in talks internally about relaxing on lockdown measures, according to The Guardian. Germany is the first European country to begin relaxing its lockdown restrictions.

Smaller shops in Germany reopened April 21, while school kids will be allowed to go back to school as soon as May 4. There will still be restrictions on public events and gatherings, with the current rule in Germany entailing no more than two people are to gather in a public place.

Arguably the most important stat when it comes to the virus, the person-to-person infection rate, has dropped considerably in Germany, to 0.7 people. This means that for every person who has the virus, they are infecting 0.7 people.

German Politicians look to this stat as a key indicator in deciding how far they should open society back up. According to The Guardian, politicians want to unfreeze stalled economies, but also don’t want to deal with a second wave of the Coronavirus.

Denmark is another country set to let hairdressers and tattoo artists back into work this upcoming Monday. Denmark is one of the only countries that have let their younger kids go back to school full time.

“No one wants to keep Denmark closed for a day more than strictly necessary,” said Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in a recent Facebook post.

Along with Germany and Denmark, Norway, Poland and the Czech Republic all began to ease lockdown restrictions last Monday, April 21.

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 originated, has fully lifted its lockdown.  The residents of Wuhan were placed on lockdown on January 23, and after 76 days, were allowed to leave their houses. Many people tried to leave the city the day the lockdown was lifted, according to The Guardian.

Zhang Kaizhong, 51, was visiting his son in Wuhan for the day, when the lockdown went into action. He was stuck in Wuhan for the duration for the lockdown, leaving his wife alone for that time. “I miss her very much,” he told The Guardian. “It’s like being liberated,” he said after being allowed to go back home to his wife.

Other residents, such as Zhang, feel free, and grateful to be liberated from their homes, while others believe that the Coronavirus situation isn’t being taken seriously enough.

“The situation is not as good as what is being reported,” said Yao, 41, a Wuhan resident. According to The Guardian, many residents believe that there are more cases then what have been reported. They are worried about the asymptomatic infections as the city returns to work.

In America, more and more states a signally that they are ready to reopen their economies, according to 9 News Australia. States such as Georgia, South Carolina, and other southern states are going to be reopening their economies, while other states such as Ohio and Michigan, and putting together timelines detailing when they will reopen their economies.

Protests have also been increasing throughout many American states. Protests have been reported in states such as New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland Texas, Michigan, and California. According to SBS, “demonstrators — who were ignoring social distancing measures and some of whom were armed — said they wanted to return to work and were concerned their rights were being eradicated by draconian restrictions.”

The biggest anti lockdown protest to date took place in Lansing, Michigan, on April 15, with over 3,000 people attending. This movement is not in any way a mass movement, but has the potential to create larger issues.