Paris festival’s floating pools and pop-up Covid test centres make a splash

Paris’s artificial beaches get a redesign around social distancing – as the city finds some left of field ideas to tempt tourists back to the ‘Right Bank.’

Paris Plages has become an annual event for the French Capital. With tons of sand and sun loungers placed on the banks of the Seine – the river and the Villette canal become the focus point of events and casual gatherings of tourists.

However, this year the city beaches will look very different. As the country emerges from a strict Coronavirus lockdown, even with reduced visitor numbers, the city has decided to go ahead with the annual summer event.

With enforced distancing, hand-sanitiser stations and heath staff on site, it may be harder than usual to relax and read book by the river.

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