IN PICTURES: Paris café terraces reopen after lockdown

IN PICTURES: Paris café terraces reopen after lockdown
All photos: AFP
The iconic café terraces of Paris began to reopen on Tuesday after almost three months of closure during lockdown.

Tuesday marked the beginning of 'phase 2' of the lifting of the lockdown in France, which allowed for many new freedoms such as unrestricted travel inside the country and the reopening of gyms and pools.

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Across most of the country bars, restaurants and cafés were able to reopen in full, but in the greater Paris Île-de-France region, which has a higher circulation of Covid-19 than the rest of the country, only outdoor terraces were permitted to open.

There were also strict hygiene requirements for owners including ensuring social distancing and the wearing of masks for staff.

Nonetheless many business owners seized the opportunity to reopen, and indeed some reopened just after midnight on Tuesday – the first moment they were legally allowed to do so.

On Tuesday morning, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire showed his support by having a coffee at a café terrace.

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