What coronavirus lockdown looks like in Benidorm, Ibiza and more

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As the coronavirus crisis rages on several countries across Europe have put severe lockdown measures in place.

In the UK people are still only allowed to leave their house for four reasons – to buy essentials, for a medical need, to travel to and from work, if they can't work from home and for daily exercise.

In other countries the lockdown has also had a big effect on the population, with various measures put in place by local government.

Some countries who went into lockdown first are now starting to lessen their restrictions, as they try to return to some form of normality.

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So we decided to look at what the Covid-19 lockdown looks like for some destinations popular with Scousers.

Spain

Spain is a go-to destination for many Scousers, with resorts like Benidorm and Ibiza filled with people from Merseyside each summer.

Spain also includes popular islands such as Mallorca and Tenerife, with all Spanish territories affected by the lockdown.

Spain has had one of the world's worst outbreaks with more than 24,000 COVID-19 fatalities and in mid-March imposed one of the strictest lockdowns, though they are now past the peak and are set to start easing measures soon.

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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez outlined a four-phase plan to lift the lockdown with a planned return to normality by end-June.

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Under the plan, hairdressers and other businesses that operate via appointment will open from May 4, while restaurants will be able to offer takeaway services.

In stage two on May 11 bars and restaurants can reopen their terraces with no more than 30% occupation and hotels and other tourist accommodation can reopen, excluding common areas.

In stage three in late May theatres and cinemas can reopen, but with only a third of their capacity able to be filled.

And by the end of June beaches will be opened and bar and restaurant restrictions will be loosened further.

Different areas of the country will progress through the stages at different rates depending on how the rate of infection evolves and other criteria like compliance with social distancing rules.

Despite hotels being allowed to reopen on May 11 the borders would remain closed to international tourists.

Benidorm's Mayor, Toni Perez said despite the difficulties, hoteliers had to offer health safety guarantees so they could win tourists back, wherever they came from.

Portugal

Portugal is another country popular with those from Liverpool, with the Algarve and cities such as Lisbon a big draw.

The country has reported 25,045 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 989 deaths, which is low when compared to neighbour Spain's death toll.

The country has conducted a comprehensive testing regime, with 37,000 tests per million people carried out.

Six weeks ago Portugal imposed a strict lockdown, which is set to be eased in three phases.

Starting on May 4, the plan will open up different sectors of the economy every 15 days, starting with small neighbourhood shops, hairdressers, car dealerships and bookshops.

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From Monday, the use of masks will be compulsory in various spaces including on public transport, which will operate at reduced capacity.

Remote working will still be recommended where possible, and gatherings must be limited to ten people, though family members will be allowed to attend funerals.

The plan’s second phase will launch on May 18, opening up bigger stores, restaurants, museums and coffee shops but at reduced capacity.

Workers might be able to gradually return to their offices in June, when the third phase of plan is implemented and shopping malls, cinemas and theatres can reopen then as long as physical distancing is kept.

Greece

Greece has many beautiful islands popular with tourists, as well as a historic mainland and busy capital Athens.

Greece went into full lockdown for almost forty days, but this week Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis unveiled the country's plan for lifting lockdown – reports ekathimerini.

Greece has a coronavirus death toll of less than 150 people – one of the lowest in Europe.

The plan will unfold in three phases – from May 4 to mid-June – and, depending on the data, it will change accordingly.

The first phase starts on May 4 when small retail shops and hair salons will be allowed to open.

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Churches will reopen for individuals to pray alone, and with strict rules for the maximum number of worshippers allowed inside the church at any one time. Services are still banned.

On May 11, senior high schoolers will be able to return to their classes and all retail stores will reopen and on May 17 churches will be allowed to resume services and sacraments, but will have to adhere to strict social distancing rules.

A further relaxation will come a week later on May 18, when schools will open for lower grades of high school. On the same day, archaeological sites will open for visitors.

Malls, cafes and restaurants (only with outside sitting) will be back in business on June 1, following social distancing rules.

Cyprus

Cyprus imposed a strict lockdown quickly shutting schools a day after its first case on March 9 and closing airports to commercial traffic.

As of April 29 the island has less than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths – reports Reuters.

President Nicos Anastasiades said Cyprus will begin easing the lockdown by allowing some businesses to reopen beginning on May 4, with restrictions on movement to be lifted on May 21.

Construction and related companies would be allowed to reopen, as would retail businesses apart from malls and large stores.

A curfew restricting movement at night would remain in force.

Full easing of movement would occur on May 21, more than two months after the island imposed tough regulations that only allowed people out with a permit.

Open-air restaurants, cafes and bars will reopen from May 21, as will barber shops, hair salons and beauty parlours.

Cypriots will again be allowed to visit the island's many beaches from June 1.

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The plan did not mention the reopening of airports and hotels.

In his TV address, the president repeatedly emphasised caution, saying the easing of restrictions would depend on people continuing to follow the rules.

He said: "I want to be absolutely clear: the validity of these measures is absolutely aligned with the continuation of the respect and solidarity which an overwhelming majority has shown."

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