Paris bars, restaurants and pools to reopen fully as region moves to ‘green zone’

Paris bars, restaurants and pools to reopen fully as region moves to 'green zone'
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Paris will from Monday become a 'green zone' for coronavirus, meaning that bars and restaurants can fully reopen.

Since France's strict lockdown began to be lifted on May 11th the country has been divided into green zones – with low levels of the virus – and red and orange zones with higher levels and more pressure on hospitals.

As restrictions were lifted, red and orange zones kept some stricter rules.

Since June 2nd the greater Paris Île-de-France region has been an orange zone, which has meant that bars, restaurants and cafés could only reopen on outdoor terraces.

However in an address to the nation on Sunday night, president Emmanuel Macron announced that from Monday, the whole of mainland France would become a green zone, only the overseas départements of Mayotte and French Guiana would remain orange.

For the Paris region this means that

  • Bars, cafés and restaurants can reopen their indoor areas, albeit with strict hygiene measures in place
  • Swimming pools can reopen
  • Theatres and museums can reopen
  • Tourist accommodation can reopen

These measures had not been planned to happen until June 22nd, but were brought forward because of the positive situation with infections levels and the continued fall of daily death rates.


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