French bars and restaurants may be closed until mid-January

French bars and restaurants may remain closed until mid-January as the government tries to stop the resurrected outbreak of the coronavirus, France Info reported Tuesday.

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the end of October, the French government closed all non-essential companies because the number of virus cases rose rapidly. The national restrictions were initially imposed for a period of one month. On 1 December, shops could reopen if health conditions permit.

Prime Minister Jean Castex however made clear that this did not apply to bars and restaurants, said government spokesman Gabriel Attal Tuesday in an interview on the channel France 2.

view, he said, when asked about the France Info message of a reopening on January 15.

The French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Tuesday that he could not give a date for the end of the national lockdown. According to Veran, bars and restaurants will not reopen in December.