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France’s beloved cafe terraces reopen as lockdown eased

Paris / France’s iconic cafe and restaurant terraces as well as its world-renowned museums were permitted to reopen Wednesday as the nation began to emerge from a third national Covid-19 lockdown.

Toasting the occasion with a coffee at a central Parisian cafe, President Emmanuel Macron urged the public to act with “collective responsibility” but highlighted that the coronavirus situation in the country had improved since the beginning of the year.

France entered a third lockdown in early April, closing schools and maintaining a strict curfew as the number of Covid-19 patients in ICU pushed hospitals to the brink.

The picture today is different. Around 30% of the population has received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and the number of daily infections, deaths and hospitalizations from the disease is trending down.

For the last few weeks, restaurants and bars have been preparing to partially reopen their iconic outdoor seating areas — a staple of life in France, particularly in the capital Paris — for the first time since the end of October, when they were ordered to close during a second lockdown. Businesses must limit the number of customers to 50% capacity.

Cinemas, theaters and museums can also reopen Wednesday with health and safety restrictions in place.

Sporting venues can welcome spectators at a third of normal capacity with up to 1,000 seated fans, a measure that will restore a much-missed crowd atmosphere at the French Open, which begins on 24 May.

The nightly curfew has been pushed back from 7pm to 9pm, allowing people to enjoy longer evenings as summer approaches.

The next stage of France’s easing of the lockdown is due to take place on 9 June, when, depending on the situation, bars and restaurants will be permitted to reopen their interiors and foreign tourists could be welcomed back in time for what would normally be the high season. (May 19, 2021, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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En general, el texto habla...
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del número de personas que están vacunadas de la COVID-19 en Francia.
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de la reapertura de cafés, terrazas y museos en Francia.
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del número de contagiados de COVID-19 que hay en Francia.
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En el texto se dice que...
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los cafés y terrazas de Francia estuvieron cerrados varios meses por la pandemia de la COVID-19.
B
desde hoy ya no hay toque de queda en Francia.
C
los cafés y terrazas de Francia van a estar cerrados desde hoy hasta el mes de junio.
Question 3
Según el texto...
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la desescalada en Francia comenzó el pasado 3 de mayo.
B
por ahora, el Gobierno francés no permite la reapertura de los comercios no esenciales.
C
desde hoy ya se permite el servicio en el interior de los cafés y restaurantes de Francia.
Question 4
¿Cuál de estas afirmaciones es correcta?
A
Hay toque de queda en Francia desde las 7 hasta las 9 de la noche.
B
El número de contagiados está subiendo mucho en las últimas semanas en Francia.
C
Puede haber hasta 800 personas en el interior de una instalación deportiva.
Question 5
Todos los museos y cines de Francia van a estar cerrados hasta el 3 de junio.
A
Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
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Se habla de "reapertura" cuando...
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un local que estaba cerrado abre de nuevo.
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un local sigue cerrado.
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se abre un local por primera vez.
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Lo contrario de "cerrado" es...
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abierto.
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terminado.
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finalizado.
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La expresión "en torno a" significa...
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alrededor de.
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nunca.
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lejos de.
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adelantar.
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aplazar.
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atrasar.
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