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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles pulled off their masks, hugged their friends and made toasts to their regained freedom as restaurants, bars and pubs reopened for the first time in seven months and the government dropped a requirement for people to cover their faces outdoors. The reopening, for now limited now to the outdoor consumption of food and drinks, officially took place on Saturday. Yet many could not wait for midnight to strike and were out on the streets of Warsaw and other cities hours on Friday evening to celebrate, gathering outside popular watering holes. Some brought their own beer to hold them over until the they could buy drinks at midnight — though some bars were also seen serving up beers and cocktails early. “Now they are opening and I feel so awesome. You know, you feel like your freedom is back,” said Gabriel Nikilovski, a 38-year-old from Sweden who was having beer at an outdoor table at the Pavilions, a popular courtyard filled with pubs in central Warsaw. “It's like you've been in prison, but you've been in prison at home.” DJs were finally back at work and waiters and waitresses were rushing to fill orders once again. Meanwhile, the end of a requirement to wear masks outdoors added to the the sense of liberation. Masks will still be required in settings like public transport and stores. Bar owners were also happy, thanks to the prospect of being able to finally start earning money, and many said they had been bombarded with reservation requests leading up to the opening. “Today we feel as if it was New Year’s Eve because we are counting down to midnight," said Kasia Szczepanska, co-owner of a popular bar, CAVA, on Warsaw’s trendy Nowy Swiat street. “It's like New Year's in May.” Pandemic restrictions have meant that restaurants, cafes and other establishments have been limited to offering only takeout food and drinks since last fall. “Everyone says they’re fed up with takeout food, food served on plastic," Szczepanska said. The easing of the country’s lockdown is coming in stages but the reopening of bars with outdoor gardens or dining areas was clearly a key psychological step on the road back to normality. From May 29, indoor dining will again be allowed. Not all businesses survived the long months of forced closure, however, even with some government assistance, and others will be working at first simply to recoup their losses. The loosening of restrictions comes as vaccinations have finally picked up speed across the European Union, of which Poland is a member, and the numbers of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have plunged in Poland in recent weeks. Yet many people don't feel like they can fully relax yet. Aleksandra Konopka, who manages a bar along a popular promenade on the Vistula River where people were lounging in deck chairs and sipping drinks in the sandy garden with a beach-like vibe, said she was thrilled that things were coming back. But she is also nervous that there could be more lockdowns as new virus variants circulate. And she said there are new challenges coming from the difficulty of finding workers. “Not everyone is willing to work in the gastronomy or hotel industry because they expect that they will lose their job," Konopka said. “They changed professions and it’s hard to get service.” One of the customers lounging at her bar, Monika Rzezutka, said she had badly missed contact with people during the many months of lockdown and welcomed the resumption of normal life. “What used to be the norm suddenly becomes something unbelievable," said Rzezutka, a 23-year-old psychology student. “It’s a nice feeling.” Vanessa Gera And Rafal Niedzielski, The Associated Press
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Denver Nuggets (47-24, third in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (41-30, sixth in the Western Conference) Portland; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Portland hosts the Denver Nuggets after Damian Lillard scored 41 points in the Trail Blazers' 118-117 loss to the Suns. The Trail Blazers are 5-6 against the rest of their division. Portland is second in the Western Conference scoring 115.9 points while shooting 45.2% from the field. The Nuggets are 9-2 against opponents from the Northwest Division. Denver is eighth in the league scoring 49.8 points per game in the paint led by Nikola Jokic averaging 14.4. The teams meet for the third time this season. The Nuggets won 106-105 in the last meeting on April 21. Jokic led Denver with 25 points, and Lillard led Portland with 22 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Lillard is scoring 28.9 points per game and averaging 4.2 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 10.2 rebounds and 13.8 points per game over the last 10 games for Portland. Jokic leads the Nuggets averaging 8.4 assists while scoring 26.4 points per game. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 21 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 48.5% over the last 10 games for Denver. LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 8-2, averaging 123.4 points, 45.6 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 6.2 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.3 points on 44.4% shooting. Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 112.1 points, 44.4 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.5 points on 46.3% shooting. INJURIES: Trail Blazers: Zach Collins: out for season (ankle), Nassir Little: day to day (back). Nuggets: Aaron Gordon: out (calf), PJ Dozier: out (adductor), Jamal Murray: out for season (knee), Facundo Campazzo: out (rest), Will Barton: out (hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Los Angeles Clippers (47-24, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-50, 14th in the Western Conference) Oklahoma City; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City will try to stop its nine-game slide when the Thunder take on Los Angeles. The Thunder are 11-30 against Western Conference opponents. Oklahoma City ranks eighth in the Western Conference with 47.3 points per game in the paint led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averaging 11.3. The Clippers are 27-14 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles is 25-8 against opponents with a losing record. The two teams matchup for the third time this season. The Clippers defeated the Thunder 108-100 in their last meeting on Jan. 24. Kawhi Leonard led LA with 34 points, and Gilgeous-Alexander paced Oklahoma City scoring 23 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Moses Brown leads the Thunder with 8.7 rebounds and averages 8.2 points. Darius Bazley is averaging 16 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 36.4% over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City. Leonard leads the Clippers averaging 24.8 points and is adding 6.5 rebounds. Paul George is averaging 18.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 35.8% over the last 10 games for Los Angeles. LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 1-9, averaging 101.9 points, 46.4 rebounds, 21 assists, 7.4 steals and three blocks per game while shooting 41.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.3 points on 50.1% shooting. Clippers: 5-5, averaging 108.3 points, 43.8 rebounds, 24.4 assists, seven steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.1 points on 45.4% shooting. INJURIES: Thunder: Josh Hall: out (health and safety protocols), Mike Muscala: out (ankle), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: out (foot), Luguentz Dort: out (knee). Clippers: Reggie Jackson: out (achilles), Amir Coffey: day to day (health and safety protocols). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Houston Rockets (17-54, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (40-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta comes into a matchup with Houston as winners of three consecutive games. The Hawks have gone 24-11 in home games. Atlanta ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference in team defense, giving up just 111.6 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting. The Rockets have gone 8-27 away from home. Houston has a 10-27 record against opponents over .500. The teams square off for the second time this season. The Hawks won 119-107 in the last meeting on March 16. Danilo Gallinari led Atlanta with 29 points, and Victor Oladipo led Houston with 34 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Bogdan Bogdanovic leads the Hawks with 3.3 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 16.4 points while shooting 43.8% from beyond the arc. Trae Young is averaging 21.9 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 40.5% over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Kelly Olynyk has shot 55.5% and is averaging 19.1 points for the Rockets. Khyri Thomas is averaging five assists and 16.4 points over the last 10 games for Houston. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 6-4, averaging 112.6 points, 46.6 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 6.6 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.3 points on 47.8% shooting. Rockets: 2-8, averaging 117.1 points, 43.4 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 126.4 points on 51.6% shooting. INJURIES: Hawks: Tony Snell: day to day (achilles), Cam Reddish: out (achilles). Rockets: Avery Bradley: out (personal), D.J. Wilson: out (health and safety protocols), Dante Exum: out (calf), Kevin Porter Jr.: out (ankle), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), John Wall: out for season (hamstring), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Christian Wood: out (ankle), Danuel House: out (ankle). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press