On 15th April, the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council issued a Joint Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures (applicable in the EU). Here
The Roadmap builds on the expertise and the advice provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Commission’s Advisory Panel on COVID-19 and takes into account the experience and outlook from a number of Member States as well as guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Roadmap sets out recommendations to EU Member States, with the goal of preserving public health while gradually lifting containment measures (including border controls) to restart community life and the economy. It is not a signal that containment measures can be lifted immediately but intends to inform Member States’ actions and provide a frame for ensuring EU-level and cross-border coordination, while recognising the specificity of each Member State.
The specific epidemiological situation, territorial organisation, healthcare service arrangements, population distribution or economic dynamics are some of the factors that might affect Member States’ decisions on where, when and how measures are lifted. Attention will also be needed for the situation of the countries in the EU’s neighbourhood.
The emphasis throughout the document is on testing, and that the release should be gradual.