France reopens restaurants, bars as COVID-19 restrictions ease

France reopens restaurants, bars as COVID-19 restrictions ease

The vaccination campaign in France has continued to accelerate these past few weeks.

COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease in France these past few weeks. This comes after a significant improvement has become apparent in terms of the cases and vaccination rates across the country.

On Wednesday, bars, restaurants, and other public shops started to welcome customers after months of closure due to the pandemic lockdown. BBC also reported that the “phased reopening” includes several other new guidelines, as well.

Groups of six people may now eat outdoors in France

The publication said that apart from restaurants and bars, non-essential shops and stores may now also welcome customers. These include theaters, cinemas, sports venues, and museums.

When visiting cafes and eateries, the new and eased restrictions allow groups of six individuals to gather and eat together, provided that they are outdoors. This means that gathering indoors is still prohibited, adding that they should not exceed more than 50 percent of their total capacity.

As for cinemas and theaters, as well as other massive-space venues, they will reportedly have to stick with the allowed 35 percent capacity. This comes with a maximum number of 800 individuals.

The nationwide curfew in France still remains in place. But, instead of 7 p.m., the new restrictions pushed it back to 9 in the evening.

Groups of six people may now eat outdoors in France

The public reception

The same outlet continued that citizens in France are “excited” about the latest updates in their country’s COVID-19 restrictions. They are looking forward to the “return of social life,” according to Lucy Williamson, the publication’s Paris correspondent.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also signaled a positive remark about the latest feat. He asserted that the partial reopening of businesses was a “symbolic step in the country’s economic recovery” following the trying times amid the pandemic.

Updates on COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of over 5.8 million people across the nation. About 97 percent of the total number have already recovered, according to Worldometer.

The country remains one of the top countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the emergence of the coronavirus. While there are still concerns regarding the daily viral contractions, there has been an improvement.

As recalled, the cases reached more than 40,000 per day during the peak of the pandemic. From this number, the cases have now started to average at 13,000.

In addition, the vaccination rates have increased these past few weeks in France. Reports said that 20 million individuals have already received their first shots, and 9 million have completed both doses.


Images (1) & (2) courtesy of Jernej Furman/Flickr

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