At 6 p.m. this Thursday, Emmanuel Macron will chair a meeting to examine the protocols for reopening places closed because of the covid-19 crisis. “Following the meetings led by the ministers with the actors of the various sectors concerned by the closing of establishments, it will be a question of studying the health protocols envisaged for the gradual reopening of these places”, specified the Elysee.
Will participate in this meeting: Jean Castex, Olivier Véran (Health), Bruno Le Maire (Economy), Jean-Michel Blanquer (National Education), Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Gabriel Attal (spokesperson), Frédérique Vidal (Higher education) , Elisabeth Borne (Work), Roselyne Bachelot (Culture), Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Tourism), Clément Beaune (European Affairs) and Roxana Maracineanu (Sports).
In his speech of March 31, Emmanuel Macron had announced the reopening “with strict rules” from mid-May of terraces of bars and restaurants and certain places of culture closed since October 30.
The start of the school year is scheduled for April 26, face-to-face in schools and remote for one more week in colleges and high schools.
Complexes to be implemented
Linked to an improvement in the health situation, in particular thanks to vaccination, these reopening promises to be complex to implement with the maintenance of barrier gestures and protocols adapted to each type of activity.
At the microphone of BFMTV, this Wednesday, Bruno Le Maire was very cautious: “May 15 is part of the hypotheses, but we follow the health evolution, the way in which the virus circulates and in which we manage to limit its circulation and it is on this basis that decisions are taken, ”warned the Minister of the Economy, who refused to confirm a date. “Otherwise, the meeting scheduled at the Elysee would be pointless,” he noted.
A gradual restart demanded by the Senate
On Tuesday, a Senate fact-finding mission recommended a gradual restart of cultural places depending on the risk, with the authorization of the prefect in collaboration with local elected officials, even if the dates are not the same for all.
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