The first phase of Luxembourg's gradual exit plan kicks off this Monday.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert had presented the details of the phased exit plan last week.

A selection of companies are reopening this Monday in what represents the first phase of the exit strategy. Here are the details.

Construction sites had been closed for almost a month but the waiting  has come to an end for Luxembourg's construction and renovation sector.

Craftsmen and builders can return to work this Monday under strict guidelines.

Mandatory face masks represent a key measure in this context, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel explained.

General secretary of Luxembourg's federation of craftsmen Romain Schmit meanwhile explained that employers may ask clients if they were exposed to coronavirus patients in order to take further precautionary measures for employees.

Plant nurseries, florists, and stores specialised in construction material reopened this Monday morning. Gardeners working outside and landscapers also went back to work.

The same holds true for Educational staff working in specialised competence centres. Regular non-gorcery stores remain closed as officials want to prevent casual shopping for the time being.

Recycling centres have also reopened this Monday morning.

This first phase of the gradual lockdown exit lasts three weeks. Officials will closely monitor the evolution of the situation. The second phase is expected to start on 11 May.

Face masks are mandatory as of this Monday in all spaces where a 2m physical distance cannot be guaranteed.

Individuals who disregard the new measure risk a hefty fine.

Municipalities are distributing masks to their residents this week.