The French terraces and restaurants will reopen on 19 May, the Minister of Health confirms

The reopening of open-air bars and restaurants will continue on May 19, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday, as the number of Covid-19 cases in intensive care declines.

“The outlook looks pretty good, but we shouldn’t disappoint the watch,” Véran told LCI television.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the number of Covid-19 patients in French intensive care units fell below 5,000 for the first time since the end of March on Sunday.

On May 19, non-essentials will be allowed to reopen, while restaurants and cafes can allow customers outside, with a maximum of six people per table. The measures are part of a four-step relaxation of restrictions announced at the end of April.

Foreign tourists are expected to enter the country from June 9 if they have a vaccination certificate or PCR test. Curfews in some areas, which currently start at 7pm, are also extended until 11pm.

As of June 30, the night clock and most other restrictions will be lifted if infection rates are kept under control, although Covid-19 prevention protocols remain in effect in public areas. Nightclubs remain closed.

( Jowhar with AFP)

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