France, which has been on lockdown since October 30 to curb the second wave of the pandemic, will see its cinemas, theaters and museums reopen on December 15. French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday unveiled some progressive measures to ease the lockdown during a televised address.
“The peak of the second wave of the pandemic has passed. Our efforts, your efforts have paid off, ”Macron said. So far, 50,000 people have died from COVID-19 in France.
From November 28, small businesses and religious sites will be allowed to reopen. On December 15 theaters, cinemas and museums will reopen, but a 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew will be reinstated. A 9 p.m. curfew had already been put in place in mid-October, before the country was confined.
The lockdown is expected to be eased even more around January 20. “If the number of cases remains below 5,000 cases per day, gyms and restaurants will be allowed to reopen and the curfew will be pushed back,” Macron said. Universities, meanwhile, will remain closed until at least February 4. Until then, all classes will take place virtually.
A number of major French film releases were slated to hit theaters in the last quarter of 2020 and are now pushed back to 2021. One of the expected releases is “Aline” by Valérie Lemercier, which is inspired by the life of Celine Dion . Gaumont postponed the release to March.