Europe prepares to ease coronavirus lockdowns

Expert committees examining gradual easing of stay-at-home orders in several EU states

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen giving a press conference on March 30th at which she said Denmark may begin ‘a gradual, quiet and controlled opening of our society again’ after Easter.  Photograph: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen giving a press conference on March 30th at which she said Denmark may begin ‘a gradual, quiet and controlled opening of our society again’ after Easter. Photograph: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Governments across Europe have begun preparations to ease the lockdowns imposed across much of the continent to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even if restrictions that have paralysed the economy are expected to remain in force for several more weeks.

France, Spain, Belgium and Finland are among many countries that have set up expert committees to examine a gradual easing of stay-at-home orders for some businesses and schools while avoiding a second wave of infections that could overwhelm health services.

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