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People eager to get their hair cut line up outside hair salons in Paris like France partially reopened after a one month lockdown.Department stores selling Christmas gifts and decorations were also busy today after stores reopened selling non-essentials such as shoes, clothing and toys in the first easing of a nationwide lockdown that began October 30 and will remain in place until December 15. Bars and restaurants remain closed until January 20.

“Today we have people who have been waiting for weeks while others are coming now so they can look good for Christmas because you never know what will happen next,” Remi Thor told Reuters, a hairdresser from the center of Paris.

A hairdresser from J-Coiffeur in western Paris said that despite their online reservation system, people showed up without a reservation anyway and lined up outside.

“Under the current rules, they cannot wait inside,” he said.

Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Grégoire told FranceInfo Radio that the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, will speak with retail organizations to allow them to open on Sundays to make up for lost sales. “2020 will be a catastrophic year for everyone, but to limit the damage, December will be crucial,” he said.

The government has already allowed stores to open until 9 p.m. so that they can receive more customers despite the number limits in stores.

People wearing face masks visit the Le Printemps Haussmann department store in Paris as stores reopen on Saturday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann / Reuters


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