France lays path for gradual easing of virus restrictions

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 28: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on October 28, 2020 in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron announced this Wednesday, October 28, during a live speech on television, a new lockdown of all of France starting this Friday until December 1 to fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Businesses which were defined in the spring as non-essential, including bars and restaurants, will be closed. According to Macron, France risks experiencing “at least 400,000 additional deaths” within a few months if nothing is done about the Covid-19 epidemic. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 28: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on October 28, 2020 in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron announced this Wednesday, October 28, during a live speech on television, a new lockdown of all of France starting this Friday until December 1 to fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Businesses which were defined in the spring as non-essential, including bars and restaurants, will be closed. According to Macron, France risks experiencing “at least 400,000 additional deaths” within a few months if nothing is done about the Covid-19 epidemic. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

The French government has laid a path for a gradual easing of restrictions next month, with domestic travel limits to be lifted from 3 May – a week after some schools reopen.

Amid an “improving” health situation, Prime Minister Jean Castex said French people would no longer need a certificate to travel more than 10 kilometres from their homes.

“The peak of the third wave of the pandemic seems to be behind us, with a genuine drop in viral circulation in the past 10 days,” Castex told journalists

Non-essential shops, sports, and cultural activities, and outdoor restaurant terraces could reopen in mid-May, virus figures permitting.

After three weeks off, kindergarten and primary school children will be able to return to class from 26 April, followed by high school students a week later.

France’s vaccine campaign is gaining pace after a slow start, with more than 13 million people now given at least a first dose.

“Thanks to this exceptional mobilization, we are on track to reach our goal of 20 million people having received the first injection by mid-May and 30 million by mid-June,” Castex said in a tweet.

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