France is to reopen pubs, hotels, and restaurants next month as the country declared coronavirus is under control.
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe today announced France will relax lockdown measures from 2nd June.
Mr Phillippe revealed some high schools will reopen and cinemas, theatres, museums, swimming pools, and leisure centers will also reopen by the end of June.
Mr Philippe said – Tourist accommodation, holiday villages, and campsites can open from June 2 in all departments, except those that are subject to particular vigilance.
In these departments, the accommodation in question can only reopen in the third phase of confinement, that is after June 22.
During a press conference in Paris, Mr Philippe said – The coronavirus is still present in varying degrees throughout the country.
But that means that its speed of circulation, its speed of spread, is at this stage under control. We are a little better than where we hoped to be. So this is very good news.
In another boost, the 100 kilometer limit for personal travel, in place since 17 March, was also scrapped.
Mr Philippe said the virus is still present in varying degrees throughout the territory, particularly in the Val d’Oise department north of Paris, and in the Indian Ocean overseas territory of Mayotte.
Restrictions being maintained are a limit of 10 people in groups, tables will have to be three feet apart, and everybody will still be encouraged to wear masks.
Paris will be part of a new orange zone as opposed to a high-risk red zone where only café and restaurant terraces will be back open for business.
Mr Philippe warned that France still had to fight against an economic recession, saying that unemployment went up in April by 800,000 people compared with March.
But Mr Philippe said of the gradual ending of lockdown – This good news is not the product of a miracle.
It is the result of the good work of all those who are mobilized against the epidemic caregivers, of course.
There were 66 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in France, with 1,501 people in intensive care on Wednesday, 54 less than the day before.
Although the figures since the first phase of lifting lockdown on May 11 were reassuring, Mr Philippe said that it was too early to say that the epidemic was over.