France Enjoys Indoor Dining With New Lifting Of Covid Curbs
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Wed 09th June 2021 | 02:27 PM
People in France enjoyed indoor dining and gyms for the first time in months on Wednesday, as the country relaxed coronavirus rules that will also see a curfew pushed to 11:00 pm as Covid cases ease and vaccines pick up
Paris (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Jun, 2021 ) :People in France enjoyed indoor dining and gyms for the first time in months on Wednesday, as the country relaxed coronavirus rules that will also see a curfew pushed to 11:00 pm as Covid cases ease and vaccines pick up.
The return of simple joys was welcome for some.
Bar owner Christophe Guedes said it was an adjustment to serve indoors again.
"It's almost strange to hear a client say 'a coffee inside please', but it's a huge relief," he told AFP.
Tables of up to six will be permitted at cafes and restaurants, while gyms can also reopen for clients indoors.
Some fitness buffs were happy to finally be allowed inside again, including Stephanie Moscoso, who hit her local gym in central Paris at 8:00 am.
"I was super motivated. I put on the alarm clock this morning, it was super early, I saw the sun, I said to myself: this is the beginning of a new life!" the 35-year-old said.
Visitors from the EU will not have to provide a negative antigen or PCR test if they have had a full course of one of the four vaccines authorised by the bloc -- Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
Travel from other zones, including the US and Britain, are subject to tighter restrictions but visitors will no longer have to prove a compelling reason for a visit, so long as they are fully vaccinated.
Despite the closures of the past year, France over the last half year endured less severe lockdowns than its neighbours -- notably avoiding major school closures -- in what was seen as a major gamble by Macron.
The numbers in intensive care are down to 2,394 compared with 6,000 in late April.
And as of Tuesday more than 28 million people had at least one vaccine shot -- about 55 percent of the adult population.
President Emmanuel Macron urged caution with the reopenings, while embracing a return to normal.
"A new step will be taken" on Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter.
"Life will resume across our lands. It is part of our culture, of our art of living, that we are going to reacquaint ourselves with," he said.