The De-escalation Of a Confined World, In Images

Reopen shops, schools and even entertainment venues. Walk the streets without schedules or distance limits. Little by little, several countries of the world reactivate the economy and public life after overcoming the hardest weeks of the health crisis. A normality called “new”, because social distancing will be something to get used to until the day the COVID-19 vaccine arrives.

A protective plastic between sellers and customers in a Paris market, this May 12

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Between strong security measures and some criticism, European countries such as France, Italy, Germany and Denmark have started unconfinement in recent weeks. Also some states of the United States and Latin American countries, such as Paraguay, among other places in the world. The shops and businesses reopen their doors, some students return to schools and weddings and religious services are held respecting the norms that come with the “new normality”.

Queues this Monday in front of the Louis Vuitton store on the Champs Elysées, Paris.

Queues this Monday in front of the Louis Vuitton store on the Champs Elysées, Paris.

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In France it entered its first phase of lack of confidence on Monday and images such as these have been seen in the capital: protective plastics between sellers and customers the traditional Place de les Fetes, and queues before luxury stores like Louis Vuitton. “Wear your mask, be sure to respect social distancing and wait for a dependent to receive you. You will be accompanied throughout your visit in compliance with sanitary regulations,” reads a sign at the entrance to the well-known establishment on the Champs-Elysées.

A saleswoman at her stall in a market in Asunción, Paraguay

A saleswoman at her stall in a market in Asunción, Paraguay

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A vendor with a mask organizes some flowers this Tuesday at her market stall 4, in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. The Paraguayan Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, on Tuesday raised the possibility of advancing in the phases of de-escalation in a different way in the different departments of the country. Although in Paraguay there are only around 750 cases of coronavirus, the authorities are concerned about the proximity of Brazil, the epicenter of the pandemic in Latin America.

Hairdresser and client with mask this May 11 in Florida, USA

Hairdresser and client with mask this May 11 in Florida, USA

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In Florida, the United States, coronavirus cases already exceed 42,000, which has not prevented Phase 1 from beginning in May in most counties, which implies the reopening of businesses. Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to reopen, starting May 11, beauty salons and hair salons in all counties that have entered this first phase. Clients should attend by appointment only, and that between each service it is mandatory to allocate at least 15 minutes for disinfection tasks.

A teacher with a mask teaches a small group of children at Champ l'Eveque School in Bruz, France

A teacher with a mask teaches a small group of children at Champ l’Eveque School in Bruz, France

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In France, primary and infant students have been able to return to schools this week on a voluntary basis and giving priority to the children of parents who work in essential services such as health and police or in vulnerable situations. As this image shows in which the students keep the safe distance in a school in Bruz, in the west of the country, the classes cannot have more than 15 students in the case of primary school and 10 in the case of nursery school.

A female worker checks the temperature of a student at an institute in Athens, Greece

A female worker checks the temperature of a student at an institute in Athens, Greece

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Greece, with around 3,000 cases of coronavirus, began its de-escalation on May 4. This Monday the institutes have only opened for seniors, and next week they will open for the rest. Schools and nurseries will remain closed with the option to open on June 1, if conditions are favorable. In any case, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told national media, students with health problems will be able to follow classes from home.

The Mayor of Dusseldorf marries a couple in a drive-in theater this May 5

The Mayor of Dusseldorf marries a couple in a drive-in theater this May 5

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Germany is in full de-escalation, although health authorities fear a rebound in cases, as there has been a slight increase in the R factor of reproduction of the disease, which indicates how many people an infected person infects and has risen above of 1.

Weddings can only take place on a registry and without assistants, although there are ways to avoid the restriction, such as the image ceremony in Dusseldorf. The mayor himself officiated the link on May 5 in a drive-in theater. Thus, what the attendees could attend without getting out of their vehicles.

In the photo, Elaine Dougherty serves her daughter Christine Dougherty and Christine’s husband, Kaustubh Kulkarni, in a park in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, after getting married on May 6. The couple rented a restaurant for their wedding in March, but when it closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they rescheduled it for mid-April. It was also not possible, so the couple decided to celebrate a small wedding in May with their parents and some 60 guests by Zoom. “It is a pity that they are not all here, but we do not know what will happen in two months or even two weeks,” said the girlfriend in statements recounted by Europa Press. “So now is a good time.”

Ramadan began when most countries in the world kept their mosques closed, so millions of Muslims are living the holy month in isolation. But, as the de-escalation progresses, several countries reopen their religious centers, such as Malaysia. In the photo, several men pray at dusk after breaking the fast outside a mosque in the city of Shah Alam, near the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

In Germany, places of worship have been opening since the beginning of May with capacity restrictions and hygiene regulations. In the image, members of House of One, an organization that brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims, hold a prayer in solidarity with those affected by COVID-19 in the Parochialkirche church in Berlin, respecting the safety distance.

A protective plastic between sellers and customers in a Paris market, this May 12

A protective plastic between sellers and customers in a Paris market, this May 12

Alain Jocard / AFP / dpa

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