More nations are easing coronavirus restrictions

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern removes her mask before she outlines the Government’s plans, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, that will dismantle its quarantine system and reopen its borders the world. Since the start of the pandemic, New Zealand has enacted some of the world’s strictest border controls. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Late-night partying at clubs. Elbow-to-elbow seating in movie theaters. Going without masks in public, especially in Europe and North America: Step by step, many countries are easing their COVID-19 restrictions amid hopes the omicron wave may have passed its peak.