Paris is closing its bars, gyms and swimming pools for two weeks to contain the coronavirus outbreak

Bars, gyms and swimming pools in Paris and its metropolitan area will be closed for two weeks to contain the coronavirus outbreak due to new measures authorizing – with restrictions – the opening of restaurants.

The French government declared the Paris region a “maximum alert zone” on Sunday and on Monday authorities released the details of some restrictions that will come into effect on Tuesday. As expected, bars and cafes that previously had limited opening hours must lower the blind for at least two weeks.

The restaurants can remain open if they adhere to “a new health protocol,” said Police Prefect Didier Lallement. Measures that would go into effect include limiting the number of people per table to six or ensuring a safe distance between customers.

Paris is closing its bars, gyms and swimming pools for two weeks to contain the coronavirus outbreak
Paris is closing its bars, gyms and swimming pools for two weeks to contain the coronavirus outbreak

Theaters and cinemas will remain open, as will shopping centers, while gyms and swimming pools will remain closed and may only be used by minors and in a school. They also cannot open game rooms or dance halls.

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