What’s reopened and what’s still restricted in 16 cities around the world

Finally, some hope: promising tests on vaccines that could soon join the fight against the pandemic. For the moment, however, the only effective tools against the coronavirus remain the now-familiar measures such as closures, social distancing and masks. Washington Post correspondents and contributors across 16 cities are keeping a list on the restrictions as the pandemic surges in some places while it is relatively controlled in others.

Beijing

Visitors crowd the Badaling section of the Great Wall northwest of Beijing on Oct. 31. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • police checks in place

What is not

  • dine-in service open
  • schools open
  • no curfew
  • no fines
A customer wearing a face mask browses in a Christmas store in Berlin on Nov. 2. Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do “everything necessary” to help cushion the economic impact of the partial lockdown. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

Berlin

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • fines
  • police checks in place
  • masks required
  • no dine-in service

What is not

  • schools open
  • no curfew
A man rides a camel past beachgoers in Dubai on Oct. 31. Dubai Sports Council has organized many outdoor events after lifting the lockdown for the coronavirus. (Ali Haider/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Dubai

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • fines
  • police checks

What is not

  • schools open
  • dine-in service open
  • no curfew
People wait to watch a film at Hong Kong's first socially distanced outdoor entertainment venue on Nov. 10, 2020. It has 100 socially distanced private "pods," each seating two or four people, to respect social distancing measures. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

Hong Kong

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • fines
  • police checks in place

What is not

  • dine-in service open
  • schools open
  • no curfew
Customers eat and drink on the street outside a bar ahead of a coronavirus lockdown in the Soho district of London on Nov. 4. (Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

London

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • fines
  • masks required

What is not

  • dine-in service
  • schools open
  • no fines
  • no police checks
  • no curfew
People protest during a small rally in support of coronavirus deniers and against restrictions by the government in Madrid on Nov. 7. (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Madrid

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • fines
  • police checks in place
  • curfew in place

What is not

  • schools open
  • dine-in restaurants open
A teacher looks after students Nov. 3 in the classroom of a makeshift school that the children of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman helped to build near the city of Culiacan for families who have no access to online classes during the pandemic restrictions in Mexico. (Reuters)

Mexico City

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • schools closed
  • masks required
  • fines possible

What is not

  • no curfew
  • dine-in restaurants open
  • no police checks
A woman walks from the underpass in Moscow on Nov. 3. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Moscow

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • fines possible
  • police checks in place

What is not

  • schools open
  • ine-in restaurants open
  • no curfew
Kenyans sit close to each other at a nightclub in Nairobi on Nov. 5. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the extension of a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. until Jan. 3. (Daniel Irungu/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Nairobi

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • fines
  • police checks
  • curfew in place

What is not

  • dine-in service open
  • schools open
Customers shop for discounted garments during the festival of Dhanteras at the Lajpat Nagar market in New Delhi on Nov. 13. (Prashanth Vishwanthan/Bloomberg News)

New Delhi

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • schools closed
  • masks required
  • fines
  • police checks

What is not

  • no curfew
  • dine-in service open
The terrace of a closed restaurant sits empty in Paris on Nov. 12 during a second national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. (Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • masks required
  • fines in place
  • curfew in place
  • no dine-in service
  • police checks

What is not

  • schools open
People visit Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 13. The mayoralty of the city is allowing bathers on its beaches, the opening of nightclubs and the operation of buffet systems in restaurants in a new stage of steps to ease pandemic restrictions. (Antonio Lacerda/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock).

Rio de Janeiro

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • schools closed
  • masks required

What is not

  • dine-in service open
  • no fines
  • no police checks
  • no curfew
People stroll in Via del Corso in Rome on Nov. 13. Italy authorities adopted new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. (Angelo Carconi/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Rome

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • fines in place
  • masks required
  • police checks in place
  • curfew in place

What is not

  • dine-in service open
  • schools open
People take pictures as drones fly in formation showing messages of hope in Seoul on Nov. 13. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

Seoul

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • fines in place
  • masks required
  • schools closed

What is not

  • no police checks
  • dine-in service open
  • no curfew
People make their way at Shinagawa station in Tokyo on Nov. 13. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Tokyo

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • No restrictions

What is not

  • dine-in service open
  • schools open
  • masks not required
  • no fines
  • no police checks
  • no curfew
People watch the marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto on Oct. 28. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press/AP)

Toronto

What’s required, restricted or in force

  • fines
  • police checks in place
  • masks required
  • no dine-in service

What is not

  • schools open
  • no curfew

About this story: Max Bearak in Nairobi, William Booth and Karla Adam in London, Mary Beth Sheridan in Mexico City, Terrence McCoy in Rio de Janeiro, Chico Harlan in Rome, Loveday Morris in Berlin, Pamela Rolfe in Madrid, Joanna Slater in New Delhi, Paul Schemm in Dubai, Min Joo Kim in Seoul, Simon Denyer in Tokyo, Gerry Shih in Taipei, Robyn Dixon in Moscow, James McAuley in Paris, Amanda Coletta in Toronto and Shibani Mahtani in Hong Kong contributed to this report.

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