In France, the health situation improving enables to see light on the horizon, a possible lockdown exit that will proceed progressively. Even though Emmanuel Macron's goal of 5,000 new coronavirus cases per day goal will not be met, lockdown will be lifted on December 15, just as planned. When will public facilities reopen? What reopens when? Here are the key dates.
November 28, 2020:
In Paris, by department stores, lockdown did not get the better of the traditional Christmas windows. And for good reason since stores were allowed to reopen from November 28, 2020. Beyond stores, it also included beauty salon and hair salons. To this day, services in places of worship were also allowed to resume with a gauge limited to 30 people. Gauges instated are yet not moved upwards past December 15, 2020.
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.
Covid: "rules for places of worship not to be improved" Castex says
The gauge for places of worship has been eased off earlier in December. But these new rules are not to be improved for the Holidays, Jean Castex said on December 10 during his press brief.
December 15, 2020:
There is ultimately no extra reopening on December 15, 2020. Yet, trips between regions are allowed again all over the country and curfew has been instated.
Lockdown exit: what changes since December 15, 2020
The second nationwide lockdown in France ended on December 15. Even though the lockdown exit has been confirmed this Thursday December 10, 2020 by Jean Castex, it has been toughened up. In concrete words, what changes?
Early February 2021:
Places still closed might consider reopening from early February if indicators by the end of January allows it. The government wishes to see a "decreasing trend", naming a decrease in infections, deaths, admissions in intensive care units as well.
Museums, movie theaters, theaters: reopening to spread over time, extended aids
Movie theaters, theaters, museums have not been given a reopening date but extended aids. This is what has been announced this Thursday January 14, 2020 by Roselyne Bachelot during the government's press brief.
Coronavirus: casinos to remain closed at least until late January 2021
You cannot try your luck in casinos anytime soon: this Thursday January 7, Jean Castex announced that public facilities were to remain closed at least until the end of January.
Crowds to return to stadiums: not before the beginning of February, Castex says
This Thursday January 7, Prime Minister confirmed during a press brief the restrictions implemented in arenas. Like any other public facilities, the issue of crowds returning to stadiums will be "reassessed on January 20, 2021" given the evolution of the health situation allows it.
Hard blow for gyms, restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs are they are to remain closed for another while. This Thursday January 7, Jean Castex said they will not reopen before mid-February - and only - if conditions are met. We understand that if cultural venus and gyms do not reopen in early February, bars and restaurants are unlikely to reopen anytime soon.
Bars and restaurants not to reopen before Easter
Jean Castex intended to be optimistic, betting on reopening bars and restaurants past mid-February. But according to Le Point, they will more likely open from Easter, naming around April 6, 2021.