Covid -19 lockdown lifting in France: bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas to reopen May 19
France’s third Covid-19 lockdown is easing. Children have returned to school across the country and a domestic travel ban has been lifted.
Citizens can now travel anywhere in France, which is a huge improvement over the previous restriction that prevented people from going more than 10km (six miles) from their homes. French citizens also no longer need to carry a form giving a valid reason for travelling.
However, a night-time curfew remains in force in the country, with restrictions in place from 19:00 to 06:00 nationwide
France’s third lockdown, lighter than the previous two, was implemented back in March.
Under the French government's plan, more easing will begin on 19 May, when the nationwide curfew will be pushed back to 21:00, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to welcome outdoor diners, and spectators will be allowed to return to sports venues.
Along with indoor eating places, France will keep non-essential businesses, shopping centres and leisure facilities closed.
The lockdown easing comes as France continues to register around 25,000 new coronavirus infections each day. Fortunately, the number of patients in intensive care units has dropped below 5,600.
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