Restrictions have been multiplied in Paris and Île-de-France to face the second coronavirus epidemic wave. Facemask-wearing, anticipated closure of bars, curfew and all the way up to a new nationwide curfew, the Parisian area have experienced a string of measures to face the exponential increase of indicators. But when will restrictions be eased?
It is first necessary for the epidemic to slow down. Even though the government announced on November 12, 2020 there were fewer infections, the epidemic is expected to peak in ICU around November 15-18, 2020. This is only then that the pressure in hospitals might lower. Even though Île-de-France is not part of the areas the occupancy rate is the highest in France, patients could be transferred from regions where it is more preoccupying.
This Monday November 16, 2020 Health Minister Olivier Véran announces France has passed the peak of the epidemic of the second wave. The day after, Health director general Jérôme Salomon says "Our efforts are starting pay off".
During the same press brief as of November 12, 2020, even though Prime Minister Jean Castex says lockdown will not be automatically lifted on December 1, measures could be eased progressively past this date. And of course, it will all depend on the evolution of the epidemic and indicators. Emmanuel Macron is expected to speak by the middle of next week to talk about the lockdown exit strategy.
Progressive lockdown exit in France: Macron's guidelines
This Tuesday evening, President Macron detailed the lockdown exit strategy said to rely on several steps including a bi-monthly update. Reopening of stores, extended trips, reopening of places of worship will be followed by the lockdown lifting on December 15, at the same time as movie theaters, museums and theaters. Then, if the situation allows it, it will be time for gyms, restaurants, high schools and colleges to reopen.
In the meantime, elected representatives ask for easing some rules. This Friday October 13, 2020, 45 MEPs have been asking to lift the 1km/1h rule for workout.