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«Nous atteignons l'objectif», le Premier ministre français Jean Castex a défini lundi les règles pour les prochaines étapes vers la fin du troisième verrouillage national de Covid-19 en France, avec la réouverture des terrasses de restaurants et de cafés, des lieux culturels et des magasins non essentiels prévu pour le 19 mai. </p><div> <p>«Je le dis de la manière la plus claire possible: nous sommes enfin en train de sortir de cette crise sanitaire sur le long terme», a déclaré lundi Castex dans une interview au journal Le Parisien. «Cette sortie se fera de manière progressive, prudente et guidée. Mais la tendance est claire, nous atteignons l'objectif et c'est une bonne nouvelle. »
France is sticking to the timetable for easing its lockdown announced on April 29 by President Emmanuel Macron. The government first lifted the 10 km limit on travel from his home on May 3. The second stage of a return to normalcy will be the reopening of the restaurant, terraces of bars and cafes, cultural places and non-essential shops, but with rules.
France recorded an average of 17,000 new Covid-19 infections per day over the past week, still well above the 5,000 threshold the government set to end the second lockdown in December.
The finance ministry said it would continue to help companies in sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, but at a reduced level between June and August.
• The nighttime curfew will return from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The French national curfew, which the government has adjusted several times since October, will return from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 19 and will end each morning at 6:00 a.m. The new hours are the same as those in effect. last fall, before France’s second lockout began on October 29.
France wants to roll back the next departure from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 9 and completely lift the curfew on June 30.
• The terraces of restaurants, bars and cafes will reopen at 50% of their capacity
The reopening of the terraces of restaurants, bars and cafes, which the Minister of Health Olivier Véran confirmed on Monday, will be at half of their total capacity from May 19.
“There will be a 50 percent capacity limit,” Castex told The Parisian. The prime minister also said guests should be seated, with no more than six at a table.
“I imagine there could be some misconduct, but I trust my fellow citizens to play by the rules,” Castex said. “There will be police checks.”
Domestic service will resume at half capacity on June 9, he said.
• Capacity limits for cultural sites and spectator sports
“One in three seats in a movie theater or at a show can be filled, with a limit of 800 people per room,” said Castex. Museums can also reopen on May 19, with the rule that each visitor is given 8 square meters of space.
Outdoor and indoor facilities for spectator sports could also reopen from next week, with a limit of 800 indoors and 1,000 outdoors.
• Shops, indoor markets and outdoor markets may open with limits
French stores have been subject to different rules in recent months, depending on their size and location. They “will all reopen, including large shopping centers” on May 19, Castex said, according to the same rule as museums: 8 square meters per customer.
Indoor markets will also need to provide 8 square meters of space for each buyer, while outdoor markets will need to provide 4 square meters.
Limits on the number of customers inside stores will be lifted on June 30, the prime minister said.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)