Lockdown in Paris and Ile-de-France: parks and gardens to remain open

Published by Manon C. · Photos by My B. · Published on 20 March 2021 at 11h30 · Updated on 20 March 2021 at 12h30
Following the announce of a lockdown 16 departments including Ile-de-France in order to limit the spread of coronavirus in France,Parisians and Ile-de-France are wondering: can we go and take a breath of fresh air in parks and gardens in these difficult times? The answer is yes!

This is official. During his press brief on March 18, 2021, Jean Castex announced a new lockdown for 4 weeks in 16 departments including Ile-de-France and Paris. Starting Friday March 19 at midnight, new restrictions have been instated such as the closure of some non-necessary stores. Yet, schools, junior highs, and high schools remain open.

As for parks and gardens - that were polemical for the first lockdown - they will remain open all along this third lockdown, like they did during the second lockdown.

But then, as it will be possible to take a walk or work out on your own in green spaces in the capital and Ile-de-France, it is not allowed to meet with friends to picnic, for instance. No big gatherings, this is the idea.

Furthremore, curfew being delayed to 7 p.m. starting Saturday March 20, parks are now closing at 7 p.m., so will gardens even though they usually close later. Please note parks will start closing from 6:45 p.m.

This is good news for Parisians' and Île-de-France inhabitants' mental health in these difficult times, as France is about to switch to summertime next weekend.

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