Norway will be reopening its entire school system from Monday, becoming one of the first European countries to do so in such an extent. In Denmark, shops will reopen on Monday, with restaurants, cafés set to reopen a week later.
Students from sixth to 10th grades will also return to school a week after next.
Both countries initiated their lockdowns on March, relatively ahead of many other countries in the continent.
Coronavirus cases and deaths in both Scandinavian nations have stabilised after reopening kindergartens and primary schools beforehand in a move to decrease the effects of lockdown on their economies.
Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg said: “You have shown us patience, now it’s our turn to give back,
“That is why we are presenting a plan to reopen Norway, a plan to take back everyday life.”
Erna Solberg said that all aspects of Norway’s economy should be open again by June 15
Secondary schools and driving schools, as well as bingo and sports halls will open next week in Norway on a day yet to be announced by local councils.
From June 1, bars and other hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen with table service only.
Theme parks and organised swimming will also open on June 1.
Two weeks after that, the ban on events will be lifted with a cap of 200 people – up from 50 currently. Fitness centres and swimming pools will open for the general public, too.
“The government has chosen to prioritise children, then working life, and finally other activities,” said Ms Solberg.
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Norway will be reopening its entire school system from Monday
The prime minister added that all aspects of the country’s economy should be open again by June 15.
Norway’s central bank on Thursday cut interest rates to a record low of zero.
On Thursday, political parties in Denmark concurred on the reopening of restaurants, cafés and shops from Monday as part of the country’s second phase of the lockdown exit.
Libraries and churches will be allowed to open a week later.
Denmark’s bars, fitness centres, theatres and cinemas are not allowed to reopen yet and a decision will be announced on June 1 on whether the ban on immigration will be lifted.
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On Thursday, Danish health authorities made public a model showing the spread of the coronavirus was likely to slow even of most businesses were allowed to reopen, so long as people stay two meters apart.
However, the risk of spread would increase rapidly of the preventive measures were ignored and most of the lockdown kept in place.
Both countries will soon be in the same situation as Sweden, which had no official lockdown measures in place.
Sweden has seen six times more deaths than Denmark and 10 times more deaths than Norway.
Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven
Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, has warned citizens that although the outbreak’s impact on Sweden was slower than in Italy and Spain, it did not necessarily mean fewer deaths.
He said: “We will have more seriously ill people who need intensive care,”
“We are facing thousands of deaths. We need to prepare for that.”
“I don’t think you ought to dramatise [the differences]. We’re doing it in a different way. Sometimes that is because we are in difference phases [of the pandemic],” he added, comparing the blow of the pandemic on the different nations.