France savored a fresh sense of freedom as people were allowed to remove face masks outdoors for the first time since last autumn and Disneyland Paris welcomed visitors after an eight-month COVID-19 hiatus.
The easing of coronavirus rules came as authorities hailed a rapid decline in new cases on the eve of the summer holidays, raising hopes for a more vibrant and relaxed tourist season.
The Health Minister said 60 percent of adults have received at least one COVID-19 jab, and youths 12 and over are eligible as well.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse led the reopening party for hundreds of families at Disneyland Paris, Europe’s biggest tourist attraction, which has been shut since October 30, 2020.
For the past weeks, one of the park’s conference centers has served as a mass COVID vaccination site.
As costumed park employees danced and sang, others walked through the crowds carrying reminders to keep at least one meter apart.