France says it will not make a decision on when to lift Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants and cafés until the end of May.

“Nothing would be worse than a hasted reopening that would entail new closure later. We prefer to take the time to plan a reopening in the best sanitary conditions possible,” French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said.

Le Maire added “solidarity” must be shown by landlords toward restaurant owners who are unable to pay their rent, otherwise restaurants will have to declare bankruptcy and they “won’t be any money anyway” he added.