French restaurants will reopen in a quirky way – Macron

PARIS, April 26 (Reuters) – French restaurants will reopen on a phased basis and regionally, depending on the degree of control of the COVID-19 epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday.

French bars and restaurants have been closed since late October, when France began a second month of nationwide closure, and did not reopen in December when non-food stores were allowed to do so.

“I think we cannot reopen restaurants at the end of May or in June in the departments where the virus is still circulating a lot. Elsewhere, where (circulation) has dropped a lot, we will take a phased approach,” Macron said during a visit to a school near Paris on the first day of their reopening after a three week closure.

He said outdoor terraces of bars and restaurants would be allowed to reopen across the country around mid-May with a decision to be made in the coming days.

But he added that a full reopening of covered sites would depend on the health situation, possibly from early June to late June in areas with low rates of virus circulation.

“For restaurants, we know the infection rates are higher in confined spaces, and when people are eating, singing and talking. That’s what we’ll have to try to limit for a while,” he said. -he declares.

Report by GV De Clercq and Myriam Rivet; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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