Bars and restaurants will begin opening in France from June 2, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Thursday, as part of the country’s relaxing of lockdown measures.
There will be one metre of distance between tables with groups limited to 10 people.
In Paris, bars and restaurants will only be able to open for outdoor seating.
More schools and some high schools will also reopen during the second phase of the lifting of lockdown.
“The speed of the virus’ spread is, at this stage, under control,” Philippe said. But, he added, people needed to rest vigilant because the virus is “still present”.
Parks and gardens in areas that were worst hit by COVID-19 will also begin reopening. Museums and monuments will reopen throughout the country but people will need to wear a mask.
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