Picnics at last: Paris parks reopen after Covid-19 lockdown

Issued on: 30/05/2020 – 11:02Modified: 30/05/2020 – 11:02

Parks and gardens in Paris reopen on Saturday as France enters the second phase of its relaxation of lockdown rules that were imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.


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Many Parisians can at last enjoy their first picnics of the summer. The citys parks and green spaces reopen on Saturday following Prime Minister Edouard Philippes address on Thursday, when he announced “good results” in the battle against Covid-19.

However, certain rules will be in place. Visitors must maintain social distancing, are advised to wear face masks – though these are not obligatory – and gatherings must not exceed ten people.

People will also be allowed to picnic and exercise in the parks but group sport sessions are still prohibited.

A further sixty parks that are either playgrounds or being renovated are excluded from the measure. Playgrounds will reopen gradually to allow for very thorough cleaning.

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