Paris gathered to celebrate & threw their masks post lockdown!

People wearing face masks attend a concert at the Cite de la Musique during France’s annual ‘Fete de la Musique’ (Music Festival) on June 21, 2020, in Paris, after the easing of lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.

Social distancing and face masks were largely forgotten as thousands of French people danced and partied well into Monday in the first big blow out since the coronavirus lockdown.

And despite emergency measures which ban gatherings of more than 10 people, thousands crowded the trendy Canal Saint Martin and the Marais districts of Paris late Sunday to dance and sing along to bands and DJs.

“The Festival of Music is important, it’s a national event,” 28-year-old reveler Violette told AFP as she boogied to a band in northern Paris.

And she laughed at the idea that people would be strictly respecting social distancing.

But many who watched the crowds on the streets were horrified, taking to social media to voice fears of a second wave of infections.

“What a brilliant idea! A Festival of Music just as we are going out of a major health emergency,” one Twitter user commented.

A senior doctor at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris, where many COVID-19 sufferers are still being treated, criticized the decision to let the festival go ahead

 Cinemas reopen

Cinemas also reopened in France on Monday for the first time since the lockdown began in March.

The 5 Caumartin cinema in Paris opened one minute after midnight for a red-carpet champagne and popcorn sneak preview of the upcoming French comedy, “Les Parfums” (The Perfumes), about a prima donna perfume “nose”, who comes up with new fragrances.”There are no words to describe what I feel. I have been waiting for this for 99 days,” cinema manager Louis Merle told the 120 people who had queued up for their first big-screen experience since March 17.

The authorities insist that screenings can never be more than half full with a free seat either side of each filmgoer.And everyone must wear masks as they queue for tickets and in the corridors.

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