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Beaches, bars re-open, France exits coronavirus lockdown: All allowed activities

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday France was making progress in its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, and unveiled steps to further relax restrictions. Here are the main points:

France’s beaches are to re-open from June 2.

A ban on anyone travelling more than 100 km (62 miles) from their homes, except in special cases, is to be lifted from June 2.

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Cafes, bars and restaurants are to re-open across France from June 2. Customers must be kept at least 1 metre (yard) apart,
and in areas of the country designated as higher-risk “orange zones”, only the outdoor areas of cafes, bars and restaurants will be allowed to re-open.

Parks and public gardens in Paris, until now deemed to be in a COVID-19 “red zone”, are to re-open from June 2.

Major sports activities in France are to remain suspended until June 21.

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A plan to re-open high schools and junior high schools across France will accelerate. Primary schools have re-opened in most places, but high schools have lagged behind.

A smartphone app that will allow the health authorities to identify if someone has been exposed to a COVID-19 carrier, and notify them, will be available from June 2. The rollout of the app was approved by the French parliament on Wednesday, despite concerns about privacy expressed by some lawmakers.