France to open restaurants and beaches

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2020

In the first stage of easing lockdown, small businesses and shops were allowed to open, as well as primary schools and some industries.

In the areas of the country that have been identified as "green", live cinemas will be able to open from June 2 with social distance and required masks.

"In these departments, the lodging in query can exclusively reopen within the third section of confinement, that's after June 22".

Mr Philippe warned that France nonetheless needed to battle towards an financial recession, saying that unemployment went up in April by 800,000 individuals in contrast with March. The Ile de France region, which includes Paris, has moved from being a "Red" zone to "Orange", and particular vigilance will be maintained there, although parks and gardens will be allowed to open from this weekend. Social distancing measures will be in place, though Philippe did not elaborate.

A ban on gatherings in public places of more than 10 people remains in place for now, and major sporting events will also be suspended until at least June 21, Philippe said.

The coronavirus has claimed more than 28,500 lives in the country to date, while hundreds are being treated in intensive care, though this is more than a third fewer than at the epidemic peak.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to announce plans for a second phase of easing lockdown measures on Thursday afternoon.

Across the country, restaurants, cafes and bars will have to ensure a minimum one-metre (three-foot) gap between tables and all staff must wear face masks.

Paris bistro owner Alain Fontaine watched Philippe's address surrounded by empty tables and upturned chairs.

As for bars, there will be no drinking at the counter, which carries a higher risk of people in close proximity contaminating one another. Museums and monuments may be opened, but nightclubs will remain closed.

Contact sports will still be banned the time being. France hopes to reach a common position with all European Union countries by mid-June, he said.

"The virus is still circulating very actively in certain parts of the world", the premier stressed.

Philippe said he was in favour of removing border restrictions within Europe's Schengen area without quarantine rules from June 15. Social distancing measures will be in place when the theaters re-open and screenings are expected to be reduced capacity.

Britain has notably made clear its intention to impose quarantine measures on all travellers arriving from overseas from June.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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