The countries easing shopping restrictions
Iran has become the latest country to ease restrictions by allowing bazaars and shopping malls to reopen from Monday as part of an easing of lockdown restrictions. Some shops and businesses were allowed to open again on Saturday but Monday’s openings will apply to “medium-risk” businesses.
Officials say more than 5,000 people have died with coronavirus in Iran so far but the true figure is believed to be much higher.
Other countries also plan to allow stores to begin operating again in the coming days:
Israel has already allowed some types of shop to reopen, although shopping malls must remain closed for the time being
Poland is gradually lifting lockdown measures from Sunday, with shops among the businesses allowed to reopen
Europe’s largest economy, Germany, will allow shops of up to 800 square metres (8,611 square feet), as well as car dealers and bike shops, to open their doors again