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    • A woman wearing a protective face mask looks at bathing suits in a Cap 3000 department store in Saint Laurent du Var near Nice as France softens strict lockdown rules put in place to deal with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 11 May 2020.
    • A man runs in a field on the first day of the easing of the nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Larnaca, Cyprus, 4 May 2020.
    • Beer is served to customers outside a pub, as the Czech government has lifted more restrictions, allowing restaurants with outdoor areas to re-open in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Prague, Czech Republic, 11 May 2020.
    • Pizza chef Carmelo la Ciura prepares food in the restaurant Tuscolo that reopened today, following weeks of closure due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bonn, Germany, 11 May 2020.
    • Warsaw residents crowdly gather on the bank of the Vistula River to enjoy the warm weather, despite the still uncontrolled pandemic of the new coronavirus COVID-19 and the restrictions and recommendations of social distancing, in Warsaw on May 10, 2020.
    • People are seen at a shopping centre as Belgium began easing lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium 11 May 2020.
    • A man excercises in protective gloves at Epicentrum's Gym, one of the businesses that reopened after a shutdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Belgrade, Serbia, 4 May 2020.
    • People jog or ride along Via dei Fori Imperiali in central Rome on 10 May 2020 during the country's partial lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus.
    • People wearing protective face masks wait to enter a Cap 3000 department store in Saint Laurent du Var near Nice as France softens its strict lockdown rules during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 2020.
    • Children listen to the explanations of teacher Angela Melad on how to wash their hands at the KiGa Hutten kindergarten during the first day back as Switzerland eases the lockdown measures during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Zurich, Switzerland 11 May 2020.
    • People sitting outside the bar Er Var kiss, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease restrictions during the phase one amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Seville, Spain, 11 May 2020.
    • A police officer asks a woman to put on her protective mask, as the country eases the lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Cais do Sodre station in Lisbon, Portugal 4 May 2020.
    • A member exercises at the McFIT Studio fitness centre in Cologne, western Germany, early on 11 May  2020, as the place reopened at midnight after the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. - The 62 McFIT Studios in North Rhine-Westphalia reopened its doors at midnight for all its members and was one of the first fitness centres to reopen in Germany.
    • A woman wears a protective face mask in a store as Belgium began easing lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium, 11 May 2020.
    • Sunbathers watch a young man doing a backflip into the water as they lie on the beach in Athen's southern suburb on 9 May 2020, as the nations readies for the reopening of schools and most of shops starting 11 May.
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    A woman wearing a protective face mask looks at bathing suits in a Cap 3000 department store in Saint Laurent du Var near Nice as France softens strict lockdown rules put in place to deal with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 11 May 2020.

    We all have been missing many things during the quarantines that have been imposed in our countries as part of measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Undoubtedly, walking in parks and meeting up with friends in cafes and pubs are what many people are most eager to do now that restrictions are partially lifted.

    The European countries have started gradually easing restrictions earlier imposed on public movement, gatherings and traffic.

    Although the state of emergency will remain for some time - in France until 10 July, in Italy - through 31 July and in Spain - until 24 May, citizens have been allowed to reopen their small businesses and children are returning to their kindergartens and schools.

    Check out Sputnik's photo gallery to see how life is getting back to normal in Europe after the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

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