Good news is shared and sparks hope. In France, the health situation improving enables to see light on the horizon, a possible lockdown exit that will proceed progressively. Even though past December 1 derogatory trip certificates will remain mandatory to justify your trips, President Macron’s soon address could enable French to know what the progressive lockdown exit strategy is about.
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.
What could open first? In Paris, as for department stores, the lockdown did not get the better of the traditional Christmas windows. This Tuesday November 24, 2020 it was announced that all stores can reopen starting November 28, 2020. Beyond stores, it also includes beauty salons, hair salons. To date, services in places of worship are to resume with a gauge limited to 30 people.
As for cultural venues, such as movie theaters, theaters, or even museums, they are not to open before December 15, 2020, that is the deadline to lift lockdown. Restaurants and gyms are to remain shut until January 20, 2021.