France: Parisians flock to terraces as cafes and restaurants fully reopen

Paris restaurants, bars and cafes fully reopened on Monday, as the French government loosened one of the last main coronavirus restrictions. People were seen enjoying meals and drinks at terraces and indoor areas in brasseries and restaurants around the French capital. «Since we reopened today, we cannot expect to be full by noon. We hope it will happen, that people will resume the habit (of going out),» Le Perroquet restaurant manager Laurent said. «With the safety distances we still manage to have enough tables, a little inside, a little outside, we have reached a compromise. It will be much more complicated for the many of us who do not have a terrace, who have significant space constraints inside,» said Verse Toujours restaurant manager Alexandre. «We are not, but in Paris there will be many people who will be limited.» French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that restaurants and cafes in Paris were allowed to fully open from Monday, the same day France lifted border restrictions for European Union travel.

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