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The terraces of French cafes and restaurants will open next month

Paris (AP) – President Emanuel Macron said on Thursday that the open-air terraces of French cafes and restaurants will be reopened on May 19 along with museums, cinemas, theaters and concert halls under certain conditions.

In an interview with regional newspapers, Macron outlined a four-step plan to reopen the country and revive its economy. The French government is slowly beginning to lift partial blockades, despite the still high number of coronavirus cases in COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

The President said that the reopening of kindergartens and primary schools is a priority this week.

“We have made education a priority, a strategy to deal with the virus, including in the case of a large number of infections, higher than our neighbors,” said Macron.

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Students will return to high school next week, and the travel ban will end, he confirmed. Curfews will remain in place from 19 to 6 p.m.

From May 19, when the night curfew returns to 9 pm, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers at tables outside with a maximum of six people, as well as non-mainstream shops, cultural venues, sports facilities and 800 indoor sports facilities. 1000 inhabitants abroad.

French authorities predict that the country’s COVID-19 forecast will be better next month, when the majority of the population will be vaccinated.

The government’s plan is to allow foreign tourists to return to France on June 9 as long as they have a “sanitary passport” with COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test.

On the same day, cafes and restaurants are allowed to resume regular work until 11 pm curfew. Up to 5,000 people are allowed to attend the event.

In the final phase of the Plan, the night curfew will end on June 30, and most restrictions will be lifted, although nightclubs will remain closed.

France reports about 29,000 newly confirmed cases every day, up from about 40,000 earlier this month. More than 5,800 COVID-19 patients were admitted to French intensive care units, a slight decrease from the previous days. France reports nearly 104,000 virus-related deaths from the epidemic. Covid19 deaths.


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