The Serbian government said Monday it would reopen some businesses and markets to cautiously ease the nationwide lockdown following signs of a drop in the rate of coronavirus infections.
Businesses that are allowed to reopen from Tuesday include grocery stores, small retail stores, auto mechanics, tailors, cobblers and dry cleaners. The government also cut the one-night curfew by an hour and said it would ease a 24-hour lockdown for people 65 and older, allowing them to leave their homes for 30 minutes three evenings a week.
Authorities urged employers in the construction industry to resume work “in compliance with protective measures and social distancing rules”. The restrictions are restored when the infection rate is higher again.
Serbia, with a population of around seven million, has reported 6,630 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 125 deaths, but epidemiologists have seen the infection rate slow, according to Reuters.