Lockdown exit: end of curfew and compulsory facemask-wearing in France

Published by Alexandre G., Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 16 June 2021 at 13h51 · Updated on 16 June 2021 at 14h07
In compliance with the government's lockdown exit plan, curfew is to be moved twice in May and June, before being fully lifted at the beginning of summer. French are allowed to be out until late as curfew is moved to 11 p.m. since Wednesday June 9. But this Wednesday June 16, 2021 Prime Minister Jean Castex announced curfew ultimately comes to a close this Sunday June 20 everywhere in France, and the obligation of wearing a mask outside is no longer valid starting this Thursday June 17 given the good results of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

Early lockdown exit in France! According to the 4-step lockdown exit scheme revealed in the press, curfew was to be postponed twice before being fully lifted at the beginning of the summer 2021, starting from June 30, as the vaccination campaign goes on. Same thing for compulsory outdoor facemask-wearing, still active and likely to come to a close in early July.

Excellent news for the French: curfew from 11 p.m. - initially expected to end on June 30 - is to end on Sunday June 20! As for outdoor facemask-wearing, same good news: starting from this Thursday June 17, 2021, you can be out and about without your mask on anywhere in France! But there are exceptions, obviously. It is Prime Minister Jean Castex who confirmed both highly-awaited news, at the end of the Ministerial Council this Wednesday June 16, 2021.

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This is now official, the end of curfew from 11 p.m. - initially expected to end on June 30 - is moved to Sunday June 20, 2021. Starting from this Sunday, French are allowed to get out by night without derogatory trip certificate. Outdoor facemask-wearing is no longer mandatory starting from Thursday June 17, 2021.

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This Wednesday June 16, Jean Castex has surprised everyone announcing facemasks will no longer be mandatory outside starting from June 17. "Outdoor facemask-wearing will no longer be compulsory excluding on some conditions (gatherings, crowded places, queues, markets...)", he stated at the end of the Ministerial Council.

The measure has been eased first on May 19 during the second step of the lockdown exit, including the reopening of terraces and cultural places. Curfew moved from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Since June 9, curfew is postponed to 11 p.m., at the same time as the reopening of restaurant indoor dining rooms. Last but not least, starting June 30, 2021curfew is to be fully lifted, but nightclubs are to remain closed even during the fourth and last step of the current lockdown exit plan

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Dates and Opening Time
From 9 June 2021 to 30 June 2021

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