Coronavirus: deconfinement plan, announcements as for gatherings

Published by Laurent P. · Photos by My B. · Published on 28 April 2020 at 18h17 · Updated on 29 April 2020 at 12h02
During his speech at the National Assembly, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented his deconfinement plan to exit the coronavirus crisis. A plan leading to several measures for health, school, transit and even stores. But what about gatherings? A question the head of government gave answers to.

Modalities to leave containment because of coronavirus are starting to be clearer…. During his speech on April 28 at the National Assembly, Edouard Philippe revealed his deconfinement plan making several statements on health, transit, school, stores and even gatherings, highly cut before being totally banned since mid-March.

A situation as for gatherings, that did not really change, as proven by the different measures taken by the government and subject to a vote this Tuesday by the Prime Minister. Thereby, they mostly remain banned past May 11, date said to be the start of the deconfinement, but measures will be softened a bit. This is the case for instance for parks and gardens said to reopen in some departments and welcome people from May 11, but on certain conditions: respect of barrier gestures and social distancing, and not more than 10 people per group.

Same thing for gatherings in public places (demonstrations, parades and other walks…) or in private places, such as small museums, libraries, multimedia libraries and other art galleries, on the condition less than 10 people are in. As for sport and cultural events, they remain banned, at least until September. Same call for museums, restaurants, bars, cafés, movie theaters, venues and other premises welcoming an audience. As for them, no reopening date has been set up yet.

Wedding, baptism or other family event? Banned at least until June. Yet, as for funerals, gatherings up to 20 people maximum are allowed. As for cemeteries, they will reopen from May 11 on the provided rules are respected and maximum 10 people per group. Last but not least, beaches are closed until June 1, excluding evolution.


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