France eases lockdown with resumption of face-to-face classes and domestic travel – Prime Time Zone


The next phase of reopening is due to begin on May 19, when restaurants will be able to serve outdoors and museums and sports facilities will be allowed to operate

EFE / EPA / YOAN VALATPassengers disembark at the Gare du Lyon station in Paris on Monday, 3, when domestic travel is allowed again

A France started this Monday, 3, its process of flexibilization of the lockdown started in March with the resumption of domestic trips and face-to-face classes for elementary and high school students. The curfew, however, remains in effect from 7 pm to 6 am across the country. The next phase of reopening should start on May 19, when restaurants, bars and cafes will be able to serve outdoors, museums and sports facilities will be allowed to operate and the curfew will be postponed from 9pm. Currently, the country is registering about 25 thousand new contaminations by the coronavirus per day and less than 200 deaths caused by the disease, with 5,600 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU). So far, 15 million people (about 23.3% of the population) have received at least the first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 in France, and on Saturday, 1, the campaign was open to all adults with comorbidities.


Portugal began its last phase of easing the lockdown on Saturday, 1, with the holding of experimental shows, an increase in the opening hours of restaurants and shops and the reopening of the border with the Spain. The incidence of infections by the new coronavirus in the country has been halved since the beginning of the confinement. On Friday, 30, for example, Portugal did not register any deaths caused by Covid-19. Almost 22% of the Portuguese population received at least one dose of the vaccine and it is expected that by the end of May all people over 60 will be immunized.