France is on lockdown again since Friday October 30, 2020. A much lighter lockdown than the first one since many French people are still able to go to work every day, and that schools and some stores are still open. Slackening has got doctors worried in light of the daily coronavirus victim tolls: France once again exceeded the 500-death mark and over 20,000 new infections recorded in 24 hours only on Monday November 9..
Therefore, everyone was expecting the reaction of the French government, after two weeks of lockdown. As President Macron promised, this is after this "[2-week-period] we can reassess things". This Thursday November 12, 2020 Prime Minister addressed the evolution of the health situation in France: the lockdown remains "unchanged for the next two weeks" at least. Crucial detail, apparently - unless the health situation dramatically improves - there will be no nationwide lifting of the lockdown on December 1. There will be derogations, but lockdown will be still on.
Furthermore, the lockdown measures implemented by the French government for several weeks are not to be changed until December 1. Stores will be able to reopen eventually, if data are good, starting from this date.
As for restaurants and bars, they will have to wait for Christmas, naming another two-week period. Support schemes have been extended. The status quo is the scenario chosen by the government while waiting for the first positive signs recorded to be confirmed.
Covid: non necessary stores to reopen from Saturday November 28
During a new televised address, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced stores and home services could resume starting Saturday November 28, 2020 in the morning. Yet, stores are still to comply with a reinforced health protocol.