With several countries easing up measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, France is taking a big leap of faith by allowing some of the biggest events to commence since the world shut down earlier this year.
Despite 132,090 active cases of COVID-19 with 3,304 new cases confirmed as of August 25, the European country will allow indoor events with fewer than 5,000 people to commence without social distancing guidelines.
There are important caveats to this relaxed policy, as the French government has highlighted “red-zone” areas to identify portions of the country where cases are spiking such as Paris, Lyon, and Giuronde. While posing a higher risk, shows will still be allowed, but both masks and social distancing will be required.
The new relaxed measures are being enacted in an attempt to jumpstart France’s struggling economy, Prime Minister Jean Castex said in a recent interview with France Inter.