This is a big week for children in Spain. They're now allowed to play outside. For the past six weeks during the country's lockdown, adults have been allowed to go to the store or the pharmacy but kids have only seen the light of day from indoors. There are still a lot of restrictions on what they're allowed to do. They can only stay outside for an hour. A parent has to be with them. They can't play with the neighbors and playgrounds and parks are still closed.
But Spain is one of the countries that's slowly and cautiously opening things back up and the nation's prime minister says if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decrease, adults could be allowed to go out to exercise as soon as this weekend. Several other European countries from Belgium to Italy to Malta are looking to ease some of their restrictions in the days ahead. And in America certain states are looking to reopen non- essential businesses as well, places like hair salons, movie theaters and restaurants. The general rule of thumb in the U.S. and other countries is that stores in areas with fewer coronavirus cases are more likely to be opened first.
There've been a number of protests around the world with people calling for an end to stay-at-home orders saying they infringe on freedom and damage economies. But health officials have said if places are reopened too soon in areas where the disease is still spreading, another wave of infections could sweep through. There's still so much that's unknown about COVID-19.