The third wave has peaked, France sees the coronavirus epidemic has been improving over the past couple of days. Indicators are stabilizing and even decline in some territories such as the Paris area. An encouraging situation as the French are still waiting to find out more about lockdown exit modalities, as well as the reopening calendar of places closed to the public.
Because the entire mainland France has been placed in hybrid lockdown since early April, including the closure of non-necessary stores and the possibility to move in a 10km-radius around your home without any certificate needed.
But is the end of lockdown to sign the end of curfew? No, it is not. This Wednesday April 21, government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirms curfew is a measure independent from the lockdown and will therefore not be lifted at the same time as lockdown. Yet, it could be eased - according to news that broke this Wednesday morning.
Coronavirus: curfew to change from May 2?
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ultimately comes to a close this Sunday June 20 everywhere in France, and the obligation of wearing a mask outside is no longer valid starting this Thursday June 17 given the good results of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. [Read more]
Curfew is a measure independent from the third lockdown. In an interview with Télégramme given this Monday April 19, 2021, Olivier Véran said he was ruling for a territory-based lockdown exit, including progressive easing of restrictions. But as for lifting curfew, it is not happening now. The Health Minister said he hopes it will be able by early summer. More on that matter in June, then!