After months of misery, cabin fever, sheer boredom, and the surprising allure of staying in, the world is slowly returning to normal. With Germany, Finland, Austria, Italy, Spain, and more European countries easing their quarantine restrictions, the end feels closer than ever.
But don’t be fooled. Nobody is out and about doing what they please. There’re many protective measures implemented to make sure everyone is protected. From hand-sanitizing stations and glass partitions in the gyms to robots measuring body temperature, these countries know it’s better safe than sorry. Let’s take a look at some of the most motivational reopening pictures that are setting the safety standard high for Opening Up America Again.
Danish Supermarket Has A Hand-Washing Station Set Up Outside For Shoppers
Gym In Hong Kong, Glassseparate The Cardio Machines To Help Prevent Droplets From Spreading
The World Health Organisation warns that the transition out of lockdown will be a complex and uncertain phase. “Challenges and circumstances vary from country to country and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.”
While many European countries wish to return the economy to its normal state, “it’s important to be clear that this will be a gradual process, requiring strict monitoring and a possible reintroduction of measures should there be a new increase in cases,” commented Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
Chinese Student Returning To School, Someone First Sprays Disinfectant On Shoes, Then Sanitizes Hands, Spray Sterilizes His Clothes And Backpack And A Robot Scans His Eyes, Hands, And Throat
Maison Saigon Placed Plush Pandas In The Restaurant So That People Have To Sit At A Safe Distance
Robot Deliver The Food In A Restaurant Of Beijing
Meanwhile in the US, President Trump has introduced the guidelines for Opening Up America Again, which is a 3-phase reopening approach based on advice from health experts. The guidelines emphasize maintaining good personal hygiene, developing policies to ensure social distancing, testing, and contact tracing throughout all 3 phases.
Phase 1 mostly includes the current lockdown measures, but says that large venues “can operate under strict physical distancing protocols.” Phase 2 allows non-essential travel to resume. Phase 3 suggests that the states that are still detecting a downward trend in coronavirus cases could allow “public interactions.” Visits to hospitals and care homes could then be resumed. Bars would be allowed to increase their room capacity. The full guidelines can be read here.