COVID-19: France lifts a good part of the restrictions on the population

COVID-19: la France lève une bonne partie des restrictions frappant la population

The French government announced Thursday the removal from the 2 June a large part of the restrictions imposed on the population, thanks to the weakening of the spread of the coronavirus, and pleads for a next reopening of the borders in Europe.

“Freedom, finally, will become the rule, and the prohibition will be the exception,” said prime minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the second phase of the plan déconfinement of the country.

First freedom : that of movement, since the limitation on travel within a radius of 100 kilometers, in force since 11 may, will be lifted.

The bars, cafes and restaurants, closed since mid-march, will also reopen, but under certain conditions.

It will, for example, asked to adhere to a maximum of 10 people per table, a minimum distance of one meter between each table, or wear a mask for the staff as well as for clients when they move.

In Paris and its region, only the terraces of these institutions will be able to reopen. In the bars, it will be forbidden to drink standing up in the room.

On 2 June, the museums and monuments will be re-opened throughout the country, Paris included. Wearing a mask will be mandatory.

In the public space, the gatherings remain limited to ten people maximum in the public space.

“The virus is still present in varying degrees throughout the territory. Its speed of propagation is at this point under control “, welcomed the prime minister while continuing to call the French, the prudence and responsibility.

On 22 June, these measures will be reassessed for the third phase of the déconfinement.

The prime minister said he also supported the re-opening of the internal borders of Europe as of 15 June, without quarantine for travelers.

“We will apply the reciprocity” if some countries impose quatorzaines to the French, he warned.

For what concerns the external borders of Europe, a collective decision must be taken after June 15.

The parisian airport Orly airport, closed since march 31, will resume commercial flights from June 26.

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