Paris Canal Banks Draw Crowds as Lockdown Lifted, Prompting Alcohol Ban

Parisians were out on the Canal Saint-Martin on May 11, enjoying a loosening of coronavirus restrictions after eight weeks of lockdown.

According to local reports, crowds quickly gathered along the canal with alcoholic beverages, and local authorities were forced to disperse them and issue a ban on drinking along the banks of the Seine.

The easing of lockdown restrictions in Paris meant that people no longer had to fill out a form in order to leave the house, though it was still recommended to wear a mask while outside. Throughout France, journeys up to 100 km from one’s home were also permitted.

More than 26,000 people in France were reported as having died as a result of the coronavirus, with more than 22,000 remaining hospitalized, according to the Ministry of Health on May 12. Credit: martinco_ via Storyful