Coronavirus: France announces significant lifting of restrictions

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a number of coronavirus restrictions are being lifted.

The president announced that cafes and restaurants are reopening across France and travel to other European countries will be permitted.

People will also be able to visit family members in retirement homes, which have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Belgium, Croatia, Germany and Switzerland are fully reopening borders with EU countries on Monday. Travelers from the UK will be able to visit without quarantine or restrictions on arrival. However, those traveling to France from the UK or Spain will through a two-week isolation period on arrival.

Over 29,400 people have died of coronavirus in France, and the country has almost 194,000 confirmed cases, although the number of new cases has slowed in recent days.

In a televised address, Macron said: “As soon as tomorrow, we will be able to turn the page on this first chapter across all our territory”.

Restaurants, cafes and hotels were allowed to reopen in many parts of France, provided they followed social distancing rules.

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