“For me, it’s freedom,” 80-year-old Parisian Madeleine Bugnion told Reuters. “I continued to walk but I never exceeded 10 kilometers (radius),”
Most said they were particularly eagerly awaiting the relaxation of the 7 p.m. nighttime curfew and the resumption of foreign service for cafes, bars and restaurants which is slated to take place on May 19.
“I think this is something everyone is looking forward to but you have to stay vigilant and keep in mind that the priority is to stay alive, and to avoid having overcrowded hospitals,” said the Parisian Olivier Lacombes.
In order to cope with the surge in cases, France began its national lockdown at the end of March.
Under pressure from businesses and a tired public, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday April 30 a four-phase plan to ease restrictions.
France reported 113 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals on Sunday, May 2, up from 195 on Saturday (May 1), and the lowest since October, according to data from the Ministry of Health, on the eve of an easing of restrictions on country lockdown.
France has stepped up its vaccination campaign.
The health ministry said on Sunday that 15.8 million, or 23.7% of the population, had received a first vaccine and 6.5 million, or 9.4% of the population, had received two vaccines.
(With contributions from agencies)