In May, countries around the world began lifting restrictions to allow some businesses to reopen under certain conditions after COVID-19 closures.
India, China, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Russia and parts of the United States and Canada all saw some businesses reopen in mid-May, depending on the recommendations of local public health officials. Hair dressers, train services, food markets, golf courses and even amusement parks were visited for the first time nearly two months.
briefing in Geneva on May 11, Michael J. Ryan, Chief Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, stressed the importance of caution as schools and businesses begin to reopen.
“We need to get our priorities right as we enter the next phase of this fight,” Ryan said.
“We have a second chance now as a society to put in place the necessary public health interventions, to put in place the necessary community supports.”
live blog for the latest updates on COVID-19 around the world. New Yorkers revel in the freedom of heading to Coney Island for the 2020 Memorial Day weekend officially opening the summer. Where crowds were subdued due to Covid 19 and its collateral effects, most tried to move forward with life with music blurring, walks and bike riding. In addition, the Wonder Wheel celebrates its 100th year as a major attraction to the Coney Island brand May 24, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York City. Credit: mpi43/MediaPunch /IPX A bartender greets with a customer as a traditional beer pub opens in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, May 25, 2020. The bars, restaurants and cafes are returning to full service in the Czech Republic as the government is taking further steps to ease its restrictive measures adopted to contain the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Customers cheer with beer as a traditional beer pub opens in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, May 25, 2020. The bars, restaurants and cafes are returning to full service in the Czech Republic as the government is taking further steps to ease its restrictive measures adopted to contain the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayer in an open area in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Millions of Muslims across the world are marking a muted and gloomy holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan _a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad) A manicurist paints a client's nails from behind a clear, plastic wall and wears a face mask, hat and gloves as a precaution amid the new coronavirus pandemic at a nail salon in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, May 22, 2020. The nail salon re-opened three days ago and only attend clients with appointments in the mornings. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) New Yorkers revel in the freedom of heading to Coney Island for the 2020 Memorial Day weekend officially opening the summer. Where crowds were subdued due to Covid 19 and its collateral effects, most tried to move forward with life with music blurring, walks and bike riding. In addition, the Wonder Wheel celebrates its 100th year as a major attraction to the Coney Island brand May 24, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York City. Credit: mpi43/MediaPunch /IPX A man practices boxing in one of many parks that have now opened in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 25, 2020. Spain is making progress on its staggered plan out of the confinement against the coronavirus. Roughly half of the population, including residents in the biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona, enters phase 1, Monday which allows for social gatherings in limited numbers, restaurant and bar services with outdoor sitting and some cultural and sports activities. (AP Photo/Paul White) The traditional flower shops of Las Ramblas open with the phase 1 of the deconfinement in Barcelona, on 25th May 2020. (Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images) Bar terraces open with the phase 1 of the deconfinement in Barcelona, on 25th May 2020. (Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images) 25 May 2020, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Tribsees: On the Baltic Sea motorway, vehicles are piling up in front of the construction site on the sunken section. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will again be open to holidaymakers and tourists from all over Germany from 25.05.2020. Photo: Bernd Wüstneck/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa (Photo by Bernd Wüstneck/picture alliance via Getty Images) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: A staff member cleans the handrail of an escalator at Wynyard station on May 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Additional security and marshalling staff will be on hand at major Sydney transport hubs as schools return to regular full-time lessons and business reopen as New South Wales continues to relax COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool) A passenger wearing a protective face mask waits for the departure of his train at the "Gare de Lyon" railway station as France is slowly reopening after almost two months of strict lockdown throughout the country due to the epidemic of coronavirus (COVID 19) on May 13, 2020 in Paris, France. France has begun a gradual easing of its lockdown measures and restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 292,000 lives and infecting over 4.2 million people. People relax on a city beach. From 12 May, the Novosibirsk authorities have extended the self-isolation regime with an easing of lockdown measures. The Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) allows people to engage in sports and physical activities in pairs or alone observing social distancing. People may walk in city streets in pairs or with members of their families except for visiting public places and playgrounds. Visits to cemeteries in the Novosibirsk Region are also permitted. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar\TASS via Getty Images) Workers during the restoration of a bathing establishment after the safety measures against Covid-19 to be followed for 'phase 2' have been established in order to ensure the resumption of activities, after the lockdown, and ensuring the protection of the health of workers and users on May 13, 2020 in Catania, Italy. Italy was the first country to impose a nationwide lockdown to stem the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and its restaurants, theaters and many other businesses remain closed. (Photo by Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images) Cathedral Junction Barbers owner Conrad Fitz-Gerald cuts the hair of a customer just past midnight in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand lifted most of its remaining lockdown restrictions from midnight Wednesday (noon Weds. GMT) as the country prepares for a new normal. Malls, retail stores and restaurants will reopen and many people will return to their workplaces. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) Kids play at the park in Tohma Canyon after children under 14 years across Turkey allowed to leave their homes, remaining within walking distance and wearing masks, on May 13 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time, in Malatya, Turkey on May 13, 2020. Turkey on Wednesday eased coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions for young people under 14 years old. (Photo by Ayhan Iscen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Primary school teacher Celine Guerin explains the 2-metre distancing to her students in the school yard of the Marie-Derome School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. on Monday, May 11, 2020. Primary schools and daycares outside of the greater Montreal area gradually open Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson A waiter with his mask takes a service to a terrace in Santander, Spain, on May 12, 2020, which with the arrival of phase 1 of de-escalation, can already open although the number of tables and diners is limited. (Photo by Joaquin Gomez Sastre/NurPhoto via Getty Images) People wait in long queues at a railway station to board trains back to their home states during the covid 19 pandemic. India announces a limited reopening of its giant rail network following a nearly seven-week lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (Photo by Amarjeet Kumar Singh/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Actors wearing protective masks perform inside a theater during the first live theater show in the country as the Czech government lifted more restrictions allowing public events up to 100 people if it's possible to keep social distancing on May 12, 2020, in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic. The Czech government has begun further easing the restrictive measures to slow down the spread of the pandemic coronavirus disease. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images) Clothing salesman wears a protective mask while tidying up the clothing inside his alternative clothing store on May 12, 2020 in Turin, Italy. Italy was the first country to impose a nationwide lockdown to stem the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and its restaurants, theaters and many other businesses remain closed. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images) A man spits water on rail tracks as passengers line up their bags on the railway station platform to reserve their spots in boarding queue in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. India is reopening some of its colossal rail network as the country looks at easing its nearly seven-week strict lockdown amid an increase in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) An elderly woman wears a face mask as she shops in an indoor food market, in Paris, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Food markets reopened in Paris on Tuesday as France is cautiously easing the two-month lockdown across the country. Specific measures, such as more widely spaced stalls, have been implemented to enforce physical distancing. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) People play golf at the Imperatrice golf course in Biarritz, southwestern France, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. As part of France's gradual re-opening process, the government is allowing the resumption this week of a few select sports that don't involve close physical contact, including golf, tennis and horse racing. Up until this week only individual sports such as jogging were allowed, and indoor sports facilities remain closed to prevent spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) French Junior Minister for Cities and Housing Julien Denormandie has his temperature checked as he visit a construction site, following the return of economic activity and the organization of security measures in Montevrain, near Paris, Tuesday, May 12 2020. Clothing stores, coiffures and other businesses large and small were reopening on Monday with strict precautions to keep the coronavirus at bay. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP) A man wearing a face mask receives a plastic bag with traditional Chinese medicinal products being sold at a Chinese medical hall in Singapore’s Chinatown district on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Singapore has allowed selected businesses such as traditional Chinese medicine medical halls, home-based establishments, food manufacturing, selected food retail outlets, laundry services, traditional barbers and pet supplies to reopen May 12 in a cautious rollback of a two-month partial lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in the city-state. (AP Photo/YK Chan) Visitors, wearing face masks, wait to enter the Disneyland theme park in Shanghai as it reopened, Monday, May 11, 2020. Visits will be limited initially and must be booked in advance, and the company said it will increase cleaning and require social distancing in lines for the various attractions. With warmer weather and new coronavirus cases and deaths falling to near-zero, China has been reopening tourist sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil) Desks marked with signs to enforce social distancing measures are pictured at the Saint-Tronc Castelroc primary school, which will begin to receive students on a voluntary basis, in Marseille, southern France, Monday, May 11, 2020. France is beginning to reopen Monday after two months of virus confinement measures. Shops, hair salons and some other businesses are reopening Monday and French citizens no longer need a special permission form to leave the house. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) Antoinette van Zalinge, principal of the public elementary school De Notenkraker, who dressed up to show the need of social distancing, welcomes pupils in Amsterdam, Monday, May 11, 2020, as primary schools, barber shops and libraries reopened after a partial lockdown because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Anna Barnard, left, wears a protective mask as she talks to Greg and Judy Robinson at Dugan's Pub in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, May 11,2020. Restaurants in Arkansas were allowed to resume offering dine-in service on Monday after they had been limited to delivery or carryout because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo) George Sharoubim, owner of Giorgio's of Palm Beach on Worth Ave. stands outside of his shop as he prepares to open during the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. Palm Beach County was authorized by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to initiate Phase 1 reopening regulations Monday, which includes limited reopening of retail establishments. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) People wearing face masks for protection against the coronavirus, walk in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, May 11, 2020. Shopping malls, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty salons have reopened for business across Turkey for the first time in seven weeks as the country gradually eases restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) A young hairdresser and a customer wearing face masks and gloves to protect against the coronavirus in a salon in Bressanone, known in German as Brixen, Italy, Monday, May 11, 2020. The northern Italian province of South Tyrol is moving ahead of policies by the central government, reopening restaurants and shops closed during the coronavirus crisis earlier than planned by Rome. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) People walk in a shopping mall Monday, May 11, 2020 in Paris. The French began leaving their homes and apartments for the first time in two months without permission slips as the country cautiously lifted its lockdown. Clothing stores, coiffures and other businesses large and small were reopening on Monday _ with strict precautions to keep the coronavirus at bay. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) A cashier tends to a customer in an automotive parts store amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the coronavirus lockdown still in effect with the curfew from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and borders closed, car repair shops, small stores and service businesses have started reopening in Chechnya. (Photo by Yelena Afonina\TASS via Getty Images)