Covid-19-related data are very worrying. Which led the government to instate new restrictions starting April 3 and at least until May 2, 2021. Mainland France is entering its third lockdown. Bars, restaurants, gyms, museums, theaters, movie theaters, nightclubs... All these places of life have to remain close for another month. Yet, after months without prospects, President Macron gives some hope.
During his address on March 31, 2021, the French President announced the reopening of these cultural places could start from May 15. "I will return to you soon to give details of a reopening schedule for everyone to get prospects. From mid-May, we will start reopening some cultural places. We will allow - under conditions - the opening of terraces, and we will build between mid-May and early summer, a progressive reopening schedule for culture, sport, leisure, events, cafés and restaurants", the Head of State explained.
So, what is expected to open and when? Even though nothing has been officially announced yet, we can estimate reopenins will take place between mid-May and early July.
Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot said over and over again museums will be some of the first to reopen. And we can reasonnably think museums, monuments, castles, abbayes, and other heritage facilities could open from May 15.
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We are yet waiting for the government to detail the reopening schedule to know exactly when these places reopen.