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

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

Paris bars, restaurants and pools to reopen fully as region moves to 'green zone'
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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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French authorities pay extra €111m for 2024 Olympics

French authorities have announced that they will increase their contribution to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic organising committee (Cojo) by €111 million.

French authorities pay extra €111m for 2024 Olympics

National and local government were heeding a request from Cojo, which said on November 21st that they needed to lift their budget estimate 10 per cent from €3.98 billion to €4.48bn, partly as a result of inflation.

Cojo are due to finalise the budget for running the Games at a board meeting on December 12th.

The French government has been funnelling its contribution through Solideo, the public company in charge of building projects.

Cojo is meant to be self-funding but had already received €100 million from the national government, ear-marked for the Paralympics.

National, Parisian and regional governments are all contributing but said they had not yet agreed who was paying how much.

They did say extra cash includes €71 million more for the Paralympics, €12 million for “sports equipment”, €15 million for regional “redevelopment projects” and €8 million for anti-doping.

With Cojo pressing ahead with an ambitious opening ceremony on the Seine, they said the budget for the four Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies is “up €30 million to €130 million”.

Cojo said sponsorship and ticket sales were ahead of projections.

Tony Estanguet, the Cojo president, said that inflation would be reflected in the prices of tickets for prime sessions and that the plan for free transport for the spectators, had been dropped.