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Macron announces restaurants and bars to reopen on Monday - sooner than anticipated

Connor Perrett , Business Insider US
 Jun 15, 2020, 11:23 AM
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  • Restaurants and bars will be permitted to reopen beginning Monday, and schools will resume the following Monday, June 22, President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday.
  • The entirety of mainland France - including the city of Paris - will become a "green zone," meaning officials believe the city has a low number of active Covid-19 cases and can begin to reopen closed businesses.
  • But Paris and the city's surrounding region were expected to remain in the "orange zone" until June 22, a designation that depicted areas showing improvements but not ready to relax restrictions entirely.
  • France will also reopen its borders to other EU nations on Monday and will reopen to other countries outside the EU who have controlled their Covid-19 outbreaks beginning on July 1.
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French President Emmanuel Macron announced in an address Sunday that restaurants and bars in mainland France can resume indoor service on Monday, and said students will be mandated to return to schools on June 22, The Local reported.

"The fight against the epidemic is not finished but I am happy about this first victory against the virus," Macron said during a Sunday evening address, according to the report.

The entirety of mainland France - including the city of Paris and the surrounding region - will become known as a "green zone" on Monday, meaning officials believe the city has a low number of active Covid-19 cases and can begin to reopen closed businesses. France had denoted regions red, orange, or green depending on the number of Covid-19 cases in the area and the stress of the novel coronavirus on local hospitals, according to the report.

The French territories of Mayotte and French Guiana will remain in the orange zone, The Local reported.

France had initially designated areas red or green, though the orange zone designation was added to depict areas that showed improvements but still weren't ready to relax restrictions entirely, according to The Local. In orange zones, cafes, bars, and restaurants were permitted to open for outdoor seating only.

Primary and secondary schools also were permitted to open in orange zones, though high schools remained closed, the outlet reported.

According to France 24, Paris on June 2 graduated to the orange zone from the red zone, meaning restaurants and bars were permitted to resume service in a limited capacity and offer outdoor seating.

In addition to allowing restaurants and bars to resume indoor service Monday, the shift to the green zone allows for the reopening of swimming pools, theaters, museums, and tourist venues, according to the report.

The city of Paris had not been expected to transition from the orange to the green zone designation until June 22, according to France 24.

Cases of the novel coronavirus peaked in France at the end of March -with deaths peaking about two weeks later - and have continued to decline. The French Health Ministry on Saturday reported 526 new Covid-19 cases reported throughout the country and 24 deaths.

France will also reopen its borders to other European Union member states beginning Monday and will allow travelers from countries outside the EU "where the epidemic has been controlled" at the beginning of July, Macron said, according to EuroNews.

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