© Reuters. People visit a beach along the Mediterranean coast during a heat wave in Israel as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions weaken across the country in Tel Aviv
By Lisa Shumaker
(Reuters) – Summer weather is luring much of the world to emerge from coronavirus barriers as the centers of the New York outbreak to Italy and Spain gradually lift the restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months.
People flock back to beaches, parks, and streets just as a heat wave hits southern Europe and spring-like temperatures allow Americans to throw off winter coats. While they are on their way again, most keep their distance and some wear masks. However, protests are also heating up from Germany via England to the United States, as state restrictions destroy personal freedoms and ruin the economy.
The Greeks flocked to the sea on Saturday when more than 500 beaches were reopened, which coincided with temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius.
The umbrella poles had to be 4 meters apart and the canopies had to be no closer than 1 meter when the country tried to cross the line between protecting people from COVID-19 and reviving the tourism sector, many of which are for a living depend.
"This is best for us older people … to relax a bit after we are locked up," said Yannis Tentomas, who is in his mid-70s when he settled in the sand.
White circles were painted on the lawn in New York's Domino Park in Brooklyn so that sun worshipers and picnickers could keep a safe distance. About half of the people in the park seemed to be wearing some kind of face covering when they gathered in small groups on a warm Saturday afternoon and policemen were on guard in masks.
In Paris & # 39; Bois de Boulogne, health trainer Anne Chardon wore disinfectant gel and a mask, but said that after weeks of detention, she felt a sense of freedom for the first time.
"It is as if we were in Sleeping Beauty Castle, everyone is sleeping, everyone is frozen, and suddenly there is light and space, suddenly we can experience the little joys of everyday life again in the rooms that belong to us and that we rediscover."
On the French Riviera, many who took a bath in the sea wore protective masks. Fishing and surfing were also allowed, but sunbathing was prohibited.
"We're half free," said a local straw hat swimmer strolling across the fairly empty pebble beach in Nice.
(Graphic: Tracking the novel corona virus in the USA – https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA/0100B5K8423/index.html)
"Let CORONA go away"
Bathers seeking relief from the heat in Tel Aviv in the Mediterranean (NYSE 🙂 and the Jordan Valley mostly tried to stay separate.
"We hope the hot water, weather, and corona will disappear," said Lilach Vardi, a woman who went swimming in the Dead Sea in Israel when a lifeguard tried to close an egg in a pan in the scorching sand nearby roast meat.
In Tunisia, where no new COVID-19 cases were reported for four consecutive days last week, people flocked to the streets and recently reopened shops with little social distance.
Muslims are approaching the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which ends the holy month of Ramadan when many celebrate with new purchases.
"I stayed at home for two months and almost went crazy," said a woman at the Manar City Mall in Tunis. "I'm surprised by the crowd, but I have to buy clothes for my children for oath."
But around the world, small bags of demonstrators resisted any restrictions. In the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, protests calling for faster reopening have attracted demonstrators armed with rifles and handguns that can be publicly carried in many parts of the country.
Thousands of Germans took to the streets across the country on Saturday to demonstrate against government-imposed restrictions, and the Polish police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators in Warsaw.
Police arrested 19 people in London's Hyde Park on Saturday for deliberately violating the rules on social detachment to protest the rules, the first weekend since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a slight easing of England's ban.
The scene elsewhere in the city was much quieter on Sunday as children climbed trees, kicked soccer balls and threw frisbees into Greenwich Park. Couples and larger groups sunbathed on the open lawns and mostly observed social distance while chatting and drinking beer.
"We are really happy to be outside," said Niko Privado, who brought his three colorful macaws into the park, each of which was attached to a portable seat. "It's only the second time we've been able to turn them off (since the ban)," he said, watched by his wife and daughter.
Nearby, however, a woman working in an ice cream van said the business was anything but lively despite the crowds and warm weather.
"It's very bad – only three to four people an hour," said Zara Safat. "It's social distancing and they don't want to wait in long lines."
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BEACH VOLLEY BALL AND BEER
Hotels and clubs were reopened in Australia, offering a limited number of thirsty guests their first cold draft beer in months while they had a meal, and some cafes and restaurants were opened to a small number of customers.
There were picnics and community sports in parks again, as long as it wasn't physical contact. Volleyball games were held on the beaches, which were previously only open or open to swimmers and surfers.
Contrary to the large crowds outside before Australia was closed, most people held social distance as the country gradually loosened the restrictions.
"It's fair to say that there was, in a way, a major NSW outbreak – people reward themselves for many weeks of being victimized by being locked in," said Brad, New South Wales (NSW) Health Minister Hazzard .
"But I also want to remind people that this virus is extremely dangerous and we all, each of us, sit ducks for this virus. We don't know where this virus could break out."
Australia is in the middle of its gradual reopening and will decide whether to continue in the next few weeks. Health officials are concerned about a second wave of coronavirus infections when people return to work and keep in touch.
(Graphic: Where coronavirus cases are increasing in the US – https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-TRENDS/dgkvlgkrkpb/index.html)