These provisions were decided upon at a Council of defense and national security met on Friday. The stadium Ernest Wallon in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), June 3, 2020. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP)
A new step in the déconfinement in France. Stadiums and racetracks in France, closed because of the pandemic of coronavirus, has reopened to the public on July 11, with a maximum number of 5 000 spectators, has announced the prime minister’s office on the night of Friday 19 to Saturday 20 June.
This “gauge-maximum of 5,000 people for large events, stadiums and entertainment venues” will remain in force in principle until the 1st of September. “A new review of the epidemiological situation national will be conducted mid-July to decide whether a relaxation is possible for the second part of the month of August”, said the government in a press release.
As for the show rooms, the activities, bringing together more than 1 500 people will have to be declared in advance. The river cruises will also be “re-authorized” from the 11th of July, the date of the end of the state of emergency health in metropolitan France. “In coordination with our european partners, it may be decided to resume the cruises in the sea between european ports, for the vessels whose capacity does not exceed a limit set by ministerial decree”, says the prime minister’s office in its press release.
New measures expected in September
Moreover, the government has allowed the resumption of activities of sports from Monday, “with appropriate prevention actions” against the”epidemic of Covid-19. Combat sports are banned. As soon as Monday, will re-open also movie theatres, holiday centres and games rooms, as well as the casinos. They had already re-opened partially on 2 June in the green zone, but only slot machines and electronic forms of gaming were allowed. The table games were prohibited.
The institutions “hosting fairs, exhibitions and salons” as well as the clubs may reopen from September, “subject to a new assessment of the epidemiological situation”, added the prime minister. The ferry cruises international could take at this time.
These new measures were decided at a Council of defense and national security met on Friday under the authority of Emmanuel Macron. During this meeting, the minister of Health Olivier Veran has noted that the indicators for monitoring the epidemic “remain generally favourable” but that “the vigilance, however, remains strong”.
France has recorded 14 deaths additional related to the Covid-19 in hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic to 29 617, according to the review published on Friday by the directorate-general of health (DGS). The number of patients in the Covid-19 resuscitation continues at the same time to fall.