France opens restaurants and beaches | The Canberra Times


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France will allow restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen from June 2, but with more restrictions in Paris than elsewhere, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the next phase of the softening of the fight against coronaviruses in the country. The government is also lifting a 100 km nationwide travel restriction and will reopen beaches and parks starting next week. Philippe said he was in favor of removing border restrictions within the Schengen area in Europe without quarantine rules from June 15. “Freedom will become the rule, will prohibit the exception,” said Philippe in a televised speech. Spread of the virus is slowing faster than expected and Paris is no longer considered a hot spot for the “red zone” coronavirus, said the Prime Minister. But the danger is still hidden and there is no room for complacency, he said. The greater Paris region is now an “orange” zone, which means that it is not as virus-free as almost all other regions designated “green”, and the relaxation of restrictions will be more careful, said Philippe . More than 28,500 people died from COVID-19 in France. The death toll rose by less than 100 on Wednesday for the seventh day in a row. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in France jumped from 3,325 to 149,071 Thursday, although this increase is not due to an increase in daily infections but results from the inclusion of data from a new monitoring system, the health ministry said in a statement. Restaurants, cafes and bars across the country will need to provide a minimum gap of one meter between tables, and all staff must wear face masks. In “orange” zones like the greater Paris region, they will only be allowed to open outside seating places. The ban on gatherings in public places of more than 10 people remains in force for the moment, and major sporting events will also be suspended until at least June 21, added Philippe. Cinemas will be allowed to open from June 22, unless the spread of the virus accelerates again. Australian Associated Press


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