France’s Prime Minister has confirmed that bars, cafes and restaurants can open again from June 2 in the country’s green zones, which includes the Alpes-Maritimes.

Of course, there is the proviso that the health situation doesn’t deteriorate dramatically in the two and a half intervening weeks. Establishments will be required to enforce social distancing, a measure that will have a serious impact on their turnover. However, it is expected that the rules will not be as draconian as in Italy, where tables will need to be set four metres apart.

The final decision will be taken on May 25, Edouard Philippe said. No decision on the reopening of bars, cafes and restaurants has been announced in Monaco, but it is unlikely that the date will be different, especially since the Principality left lockdown seven days earlier than France.

Meanwhile, beaches will open again from as soon as this weekend along the Riviera, although not all, and a rule will be in place that beach activities must be ‘dynamic,’ which means swimming and surfing and strolling are permitted, but sitting on a towel is not.

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