France eases restrictions and allows events without social distancing

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In a big move for the country, France has announced it will allow events without social distancing.In an interview with a French publication France Inter, Said Prime Minister Jean Castex “to govern is to know how to adapt to circumstances”, and that French citizens should learn to “live with the virus”. Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot then confirmed the policies on Twitter.

Now, up to 5,000 spectators will be able to sit together, although all participants must be seated and wear masks as the pandemic continues. The Prime Minister also said the cultural sector would receive support of € 2 billion, a value similar to the UK’s of £ 1.57 billion.

However, not everything is cut in crystal – like local lockdowns in the UK, the relaxation of the rules will not apply to “red zones” – areas with high levels of transmission – for example Paris, Lyon, Gironde, Marseille and Bordeaux.

At the moment, France has 132,090 active cases of Covid-19, with 3,304 new cases confirmed on August 25.

Bans on events with more than 5,000 people will last until at least November.

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