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Businesses, services re-open after COVID-19 closures

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

PHOTOS: How cities are reopening around the world after COVID-19 forced closures

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.

At a 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.”

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