Paris to keep its expanded outdoor café terraces until summer 2021

The emergency measure to expand the outdoor terraces of Paris cafés to allow for more social distancing is set to be extended until the summer of 2021.

Paris to keep its expanded outdoor café terraces until summer 2021
Many cafés have expanded their outdoor seating area. Photo: AFP

When France lifted its strict lockdown in April, cafés in Paris were initially only allowed to open their outdoor terrace areas.

That restriction was later lifted, but many cafés had already been granted permission by the mayor to expand their cramped terraces – with many annexing parking spots and smaller streets to create larger spaces for their customers to spread out in.

The terraces have remained popular over the summer, with many café owners reporting that their customers feel safer and more comfortable outside in the open air.

Now Paris City Hall says it will extend the temporary permissions until June 30th 2021.

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Deputy mayor Emmanuel Grégoire said that the extension would be granted “given the extent of the crisis that is hitting the sector”.

Around 8,000 Paris cafés have been granted extensions, although they are accompanied with strict conditions, including that the extended part of the terrace must close by 10pm.

Since the end of the lockdown Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has worked hard to adapt the landscape of the city to permit as much social distancing as possible – with the creation of more pedestrianised streets to allow for café terraces to expand and the creation of extra cycle lanes to reduce he need for people to crowd onto public transport.

The Rue de Rivoli has become a cycle-only route since the lockdown ended.

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France’s monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

France has detected 277 cases of monkeypox, health authorities said Tuesday, June 21st, including the first case in the country of a woman contracting the virus.

France's monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

The case numbers have risen steeply since the last official figure of 183 cases five days earlier. But there have been no deaths in France attributed to monkeypox.

The normal initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.

Until recently, the viral disease had generally been confined to Western and Central Africa but is now present in several continents, particularly Europe.

Among the latest cases recorded in France, “a first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is currently being investigated, and all the others are men,” the French national public health agency said in a statement.

So far, the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which is currently affecting some 40 countries, has mainly affected men who have engaged in gay sex.

The World Health Organization is due to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

The virus usually clears up after two or three weeks.

Most of the cases identified in France have been found in Paris and its suburbs, though smaller outbreaks have been seen in several regions throughout the country, including Normandy in the north and the Cote d’Azur in the south.

The first monkeypox case in France was discovered on May 20, the same day the virus was detected in neighbouring Germany.