Shoppers were back on the streets in Austria and Italy today as Europe takes its first tentative steps out of the coronavirus lockdown.

Italy is opening a handful of stores including bookshops and stationery shops in a trial to see how social distancing measures can work after the lockdown.
In Austria, which was the first European country to announce specific plans for ending the lockdown, shoppers were queuing outside hardware stores wearing compulsory masks as small shops re-opened today.
However, experts are not expecting a surge in customers, because people will still be too worried to make shopping trips and certain stores may choose to stay closed.

Meanwhile, industrial and construction work is resuming in Spain where some workers were back at their jobs yesterday while other regions are returning today.

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