France eases COVID-19 restrictions on sports halls, cafes and travel

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The next stage of the French government’s step-by-step plan to reopen the economy has come into effect.

The major loosening of restrictions includes relaxing the national curfew to start at 11 p.m. and allowing indoor dining at cafes and restaurants. 

 

The curfew was running from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. local time and it has now been loosened to allow people more time to meet friends, go to a restaurant, or play sport in the long summer evenings. 

Sports halls, swimming pools, bowling alleys and theme parks can also reopen from Wednesday. 

On May 19, the outdoor areas of