France: Customers flock to Paris open-air market after restrictions loosened

Customers flocked to an open-air market in Paris's Belleville neighbourhood on Tuesday, one day after France loosened restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Large numbers of people were seen shopping at the market, most of them wearing face masks at stalls equipped with protective shields and plastic wrap, with buyers no longer allowed to touch the products. The... Еще number of sellers, who have been spaced further apart, has been reduced to allow sufficient distance between stalls. Sanitary measures were imposed by the French capital's town hall as many open-air markets were strongly criticised for the lack of social distancing and shut down at the beginning of the outbreak. Security guards were standing by the open-air market's entrance to regulate the number of costumers as well as police being at the scene. In Paris, as well as other high-infection risk 'red' areas, the public are still advised to not to leave the home unless strictly necessary, with parks and gardens set to remain closed After eight weeks in lockdown and more than 26,600 deaths related to the virus, France started gradually easing the restrictions on Monday, with phase one set to last until June 2. Shops, businesses and small cultural places will be able to reopen, while restaurants and bars will remain closed until further notice.

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