France: Parisians react as lockdown restrictions eased

Parisians expressed their thoughts on the first day of the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in France, on Monday. Customers as well as workers could be seen wearing masks as they entered a department store after it reopened its doors to the public. «We have been at home for a long time, it is good to go out and above all to return to work, to resume normal life,» said hair stylist... Еще Ghizlaine. «I live in ten square metres (32 square feet), and I couldn't do it anymore, that's all. It feels good,» said vendor Damien. «We are still apprehensive, we always have a knot in our stomach, we are always afraid of being contaminated. The virus has not disappeared because there has been a confinement,» said kindergarten worker Hayate. After eight weeks in lockdown and more than 26,000 deaths related to the virus, France started gradually easing the restrictions on Monday, with phase one set to last until June 2. 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 in contrast with those areas of France declared 'green' or low risk. On Thursday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the easing will be gradual to prevent a resurgence of the virus, and unveiled a colour-coded map to indicate high-infection areas. Masks are compulsory on trains, buses and also taxis in France as of Monday. 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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