French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said the country would further ease lockdown measures from June 2 as most of the country enters a "green zone" with fewer cases of coronavirus.
"The speed of the virus' spread is, at this stage, under control," Philippe said. But, he added, people needed to rest vigilant because the coronavirus is "still present".
Paris and its surrounding region have a higher level of pressure in hospitals and will have a more gradual reopening.
Here's what the people who live in France will be allowed to do from June 2, that they could not do during phase one of lockdown:
- Go to a cafe, bar or restaurant, although they now will have to keep a distance of one metre from other tables
- Travel more than 100 kilometres from their residences
- Go to the theatre for a show, although social distancing measures will have to be in place
- Take a swim in the pool or go to the gym
- See a piece of artwork in a museum or visit a national monument, although they must wear a mask
- Go to the beach or the lake throughout the country
- Sit in the park or garden in areas such as Paris that were more heavily impacted by the epidemic
- Attend secondary school or high school, many of which will reopen next week
French officials were optimistic about the reopening of the country despite recording an additional 66 deaths in hospitals. Cafes and restaurants will reopen but there will be social distancing rules in place with a distance of one metre between tables and with groups limited to 10 people.
In areas more heavily impacted by the virus, such as Paris, bars and restaurants will only be able to open for outdoor seating.
More secondary schools and some high schools will also reopen during this second phase of the lifting of lockdown.
Cinemas will remain closed during phase two but can open from June 22.
Contact sports, nightclubs and large indoor gatherings will remain prohibited due to the risk of contact with a larger group of people.
Lockdown measures eased further as country records 66 deaths in hospitals
France began relaxing lockdown measures from May 11 with a gradual reopening of primary schools and most businesses.
France has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak with more than 28,600 COVID-19 deaths.
Hospitalisations have decreased significantly since the beginning of the epidemic with roughly 15,000 people remaining in hospital and 1,400 people in intensive care units in the country.
But France's health minister Olivier Véran said the country now has the capacity to test every symptomatic person and their contacts.
Cafes and restaurants have notably been closed since mid-March when France entered a strict lockdown, with residents only allowed to leave home for necessary supplies.
From May 11, French people have been allowed to travel some 100 kilometres from their homes but from June 2 they will be able to travel throughout the country.
Philippe added that the government was in favour of "reopening the interior EU borders from June 15 without a 14-day quarantine."
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