France: The currently closed outdoor bars and restaurants will reopen on May 19, Health Minister Olivier Véran has announced. The decision was made because of relaxation in the number of COVID-19 infected patients.
“There are hopes but we should not abandon security measures,” Véran told LCI television.
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of COVID-19 patients in French intensive care units was less than 5,000 as of Sunday.
Accordingly, non-essential businesses will be reopened on May 19 and restaurants and eateries will be able to accommodate outdoor customers, with a maximum of six people per table.
The move is part of a four-step easing program announced at the end of April.
Foreign tourists are also expected to be allowed to enter the country from June 9 if they have a vaccination certificate or a PCR test. The night curfew in some areas, which currently starts at 7pm, will also be extended to start at 11pm.
Covid-19 prevention regulations will remain in place in public places, but from June 30 the night curfew and many other restrictions will be lifted.
Nightclubs will continue to be closed.