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29 mai 2020 | 05h21 UTC

France: France reopens cafes, bars, and restaurants from June 2 amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions /update 27

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France reopens cafes, bars, and restaurants from June 2 amid the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions; continue to follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/5/2020, 12h00 until 24/7/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the reopening of cafes, bars, and restaurants as of Tuesday, June 2, amid the easing of some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Authorities will closely monitor the capital Paris, that remains as an ''orange'' zone on the country's COVID-19 risk map, meaning it poses more of a risk than ''green'' zones. As a result, eating and drinking establishments in Paris will only be able to serve customers on outside terraces. Museums and monuments will reopen, and access to beaches, lakes, and rivers will be restored.

A ban on traveling more than 100km (60 miles) has also been relaxed.

Additionally, as of Monday, May 11, the wearing of face masks is compulsory in select public spaces. Public transportation has resumed at a reduced capacity with strict social-distancing rules in place. Private and public gatherings are limited to ten individuals, though all events and entertainment facilities, including cinemas, theaters, and professional leagues, will remain suspended until further notice. A state of emergency will remain in place until Friday, July 24.

As of Friday, May 29, health authorities have confirmed 183,309 COVID-19 cases and 28,611 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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