French nightclubs reopen as government eases Covid-19 restrictions

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Concerts in France with standing audiences will be allowed from June 30 and nightclubs will be allowed to reopen from July 9, government ministers announced Monday, as the country continues to ease health restrictions from Covid-19.

France will allow standing audiences from June 30 at a capacity of 75 percent indoors and 100 percent outdoors, Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot said after meeting industry professionals at the Élysée.

Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen from July 9, said Alain Griset of the Treasury Department, allowing the clubs to operate for the first time since they were closed during France’s first nationwide Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.

France eased its third lockdown with the reopening of restaurant, bar and cafe terraces on May 19. These establishments were allowed to reopen for office service for the first time in seven months on 9 June.

According to the hospitality trade union UMIH, more than 100 of the 1,600 nightclubs in France have been closed permanently due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

( Jowharwith AFP, REUTERS)