Coronavirus Live News: France to facilitate lockdown as worldwide death toll exceeds 1.4 million | World news

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In France, President Emmanuel Macron announced a three-step easing of the country’s month-long lockdown, starting this weekend with the reopening of “non-essential” businesses such as hairdressers and clothing stores, which will have to adhere to strict distancing rules and close at 9 p.m.Churches and some cultural venues will also be able to reopen from December 1, with a maximum of 30 visitors, and people would be allowed to exercise within 20 km (12 miles) of their homes and for up to at three hours, rather than the current limits of 1 km, one hour.

Provided the number of infections has fallen to around 5,000 a day, the lockdown will be officially lifted on December 15, allowing vacation travel, Macron said – despite a nationwide curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 00 is in effect except on December 24 and 31, and all private festive gatherings. should observe strict distancing rules.

A third stage would begin from January 20, Macron said, when bars, restaurants and clubs should be able to reopen.

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