According to the US news agency AP, the French government is slowly beginning to lift the partial blockades, even though there are still a high number of coronavirus cases and hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
Restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors at tables with Capacity for up to six people starting May 19, when the night curfew will be delayed until 9 p.m. Non-essential stores will also reopen, as well as cultural sites and sports facilities, which will have an occupancy limit of 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors.
French authorities anticipate that the outlook for COVID-19 in the country will be better next month, when a greater proportion of the population will be vaccinated.
On June 9, cafes and restaurants will be able to resume regular service until curfew at 11pm. Events of up to 5,000 people will be allowed.
The Last stage of the plan will see the end of the night curfew and the lifting of most restrictions on June 30, although the nightclubs will remain closed.
France reports around 29,000 new confirmed cases every day, up from 40,000 earlier this month. More than 5,800 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in French intensive care units, a slight decrease compared to the previous days. France has reported nearly 104,000 virus-related deaths in the pandemic.
Students will return to middle and high schools next week, and the domestic travel ban will end, he confirmed. A curfew will be maintained from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.