French Open plays on amid new coronavirus restrictions in Paris

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Kristina Mladenovic, of France, returns a shot to Varvara Gracheva, of Russia, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

As the French Open rolls into its second week under rainy skies and with a limited number of spectators allowed in the stands each day, its host city is battling a sharp resurgence of the novel coronavirus.

All bars in Paris and its surrounding areas will close starting Tuesday for at least two weeks, French authorities announced Monday, while restaurants will remain open under stricter sanitary guidelines. Gatherings of groups larger than 10 people will be banned, except in special circumstances, and department stores and shopping centers will have to adhere to social distancing. Sports centers will remain open for children only, and gyms throughout the city will remain closed.

On Saturday evening, France recorded nearly 17,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, its largest single-day increase since it began recording daily tallies. Authorities hope that new temporary restrictions will reduce pressure on hospitals, which have begun to see increases in patients admitted to intensive care wards.

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