French state of health emergency: What changes as it ends?

Crowds cheer at a stadium. French state of health emergency: What changes as it ends?
The end of the state of health emergency means that stadiums and similar can now open with fewer restrictions - and other changes.

Midnight tonight (from Friday July 10 to Saturday July 11) marks the end of France’s state of health emergency imposed due to the Covid-19 crisis, with some changes taking place as a result. We explain.

Stadiums and racetracks can reopen

Stadiums were already permitted to open, but only for sports practices with preventative health measures in place. From July 11, stadiums will now be permitted to open to the public, with a maximum of 5,000 people allowed to enter at one time.

This limit is expected to stay in place until September. However, this may change subject to evaluations “to decide if relaxation of the rules is possible from the second half of August”.

Racing tracks may also reopen, and river cruises are now also permitted to operate within France.

In contrast, nightclubs and international cruises are still banned until September.

The interior ministry said: “In coordination ...

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