It’s no small statement to say that European countries are faring much better than America in containing COVID-19. While the UK starts to open up venues with strict guidelines, France is taking a big step by allowing crowds of 5000 or less at events with no social distancing mandate. Effective immediately, all areas of the country outside of Red Zone areas like Lyon, Gironde, and Paris will be allowed to convene at entertainment venues.
Prime minister Jean Castex and Culture minister Roselyne Bachelot voiced their support for people to go to theaters and cinemas. The French government plans to give 2 billion euros in aid to the Arts and Culture sector as part of a 100 billion euro effort to recover the country’s economy.
The country plans to lift the ban on events with more than 5000 attendees at the end of November. The country’s daily case count spiked to over 7,000 this past Saturday but trended down to 5400 the following day.
Salles de spectacle et cinémas : suppression de la distanciation et port du masque en continu. Mais dans les zones rouges oú le virus circule de façon active : maintien de la distanciation physique entre les groupes de spectateurs et port du masque. @MinistereCC
— Roselyne Bachelot (@R_Bachelot) August 26, 2020