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France to end COVID-19 border lockdown, open up to Europe

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                                People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday. Spanish government has announced that the northwestern region of Galicia will move next week to what the government calls “the new normal,” when some rules, such as wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible, will remain in place.

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    People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday. Spanish government has announced that the northwestern region of Galicia will move next week to what the government calls “the new normal,” when some rules, such as wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible, will remain in place.

PARIS >> President Emmanuel Macron announced that France is fully reopening its economy, including all restaurants, to accelerate the country’s recovery after coronavirus crisis.

Macron said restaurants in the Paris region will be allowed to open indoor seating starting on Monday. Until then, only outdoor seating was permitted.

Restaurants in other French regions have already reopened.

From June 22, all nursery schools, primary schools and junior high schools will be open and mandatory for all students — instead of classes capped to small groups and many children staying at home.

Macron also confirmed that the second round of local elections that have been interrupted by the virus lockdown will take place on June 28.

“We must relaunch our economy,” Macron said.

France is reopening its borders with other European countries at midnight and will start allowing visitors from other continents on July 1st.

The country, which has reported at least 29,398 deaths from the virus in hospitals and nursing homes, has been under strict lockdown from March 17 to May 11, before gradually easing restrictions.

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