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“The results are good” in the fight against the coronavirus, welcomed Thursday Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, before announcing phase 2 of the deconfinement on most of the territory. Lorraine included, since the region leaves the “red zone” health.

“The results are good” in the fight against the coronavirus, welcomed Thursday Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, before announcing phase 2 of the deconfinement on most of the territory. Lorraine included, since the region leaves the “red zone” health.

(AFP) – “If I had to summarize all the data that we are going to present to you, I would tell you that the results are good in terms of health”, said Edouard Philippe when presenting the second stage of the deconfinement plan. A new era that begins Tuesday, June 2. “We are a little better than where we hoped to be, so it’s very good news,” he said, even if “we remain cautious and we can not run the risk of casualness.”

Indeed, “it does not mean that the virus no longer circulates” because “it is present in varying degrees throughout the territory”. Thus, while the Grand Est (including in particular the departments of Lorraine and Alsace) leaves the sanitary “red zone”, the departments of Ile-de-France, Guyana and Mayotte have been placed in the “orange” category . The deconfinement will be “a little more careful than in the rest of the territory” because “the virus circulates there a little more than elsewhere”.

Edouard Philippe announced the end of the 100 kilometer limit for all trips, which has “no more justification”, even if control and fourteen days are maintained for journeys between mainland France and overseas. “The reopening of parks and gardens in the orange zone ”, especially in Paris, is also scheduled from June 2. However, there will be “specific constraints in orange vigilance zones”.

Academically, “we decided toreopening of schools and colleges in all areas, and high schools in the green departments“Said the head of government. In the orange-classified departments, vocational high schools will reopen on June 2 and will give priority to graduating and CAP students, “who need professional certifications”, according to Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer. He also announced that there would be no French bac exam this year for high school students from Première.

Even more awaited reopening of bars, cafes and restaurants (from June 2 against May 27 and 29 in Luxembourg), with however “temporary restrictions” in the orange zones, and conditioned everywhere to “compliance with health rules”. Among these, the wearing of the mandatory mask for staff, for customers traveling in the establishment, a 1 meter separation between tables and a limit to 10 people per table.

More generally, “gatherings will remain limited to 10 people” until June 21 in public space, stating that this involved the prohibition of cultural and sporting events and the practice of collective and combat sports, as well as the closure discos, games rooms, stadiums and racetracks.


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