France's recently appointed Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that indoor live shows with audiences of up to 5,000 can now take place without social distancing in much of the country.

Masks remain mandatory at all indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, while events with capacities of more than 5,000 remain banned until 30 October.

 "I say to the French people, go to the cinema, go to the theatre, you risk nothing. We have to go to the theatre, to the cinema, we have to support the cultural sector. French citizens should learn to live with the virus", said Castex.