A 4-step lockdown exit plan: this is what expects for the French – according to Europe 1 and Le Parisien. As the coronavirus epidemic is slowing down in France, President Emmanuel Macron reveals the details of the progressive easing of the restrictions in an interview to be released this Friday April 30, 2021 in the regional press. In the meantime, here is what could be considered by this lockdown exit plan.
First step starting from this Monday May 3, 2021:
- Junior high schools reopen with a 50% limit for eighth graders and ninth graders.
- High schools reopen with a 50% limit as well.
- As announced by Jean Castex, the 10-km rule and the derogatory trip certificate will be no longer needed, and the inter-regional trip ban is to be lifted.
Second step starting from May 19, 2021:
- Curfew is to be postponed to 9 p.m. for the first time.
- Non-necessary stores could reopen with a fitted protocol.
- Terraces could reopen with tables up to 6 patrons.
- Cultural places could reopen: museums, monuments, movie theaters, theaters, as well as show venues, on the condition the public is seated and limited to 800 people inside and 1,000 people outside. The same gauge is expected for crowds in sporting places outdoor and indoor.
- Sporting activities could resume in indoor places and outdoor places in compliance with a health protocol, while gatherings of 10 people are banned (instead of 6 before).
Lockdown exit: terraces to reopen from May 19, 2021
After restaurants, bars, and cafés closed for months because of the coronavirus epidemic, estimations for reopening date have been raised again, incited by the acceleration of the vaccination campaign and the hope to see the health situation improve by the summer 2021. During a meeting held with mayors this April 27, Emmanuel Macron is said to have confirmed all terraces are to reopen from mid-May 2021 everywhere in France. According to Europe 1, they could reopen from May 19, 2021. This news could be confirmed this Friday April 30, 2021 by Macron's statements expected in the regional press. [Read more]
Lockdown exit: non-necessary stores to reopen from May 19
Non-necessary stores and shopping malls have been closed since April 3, 2021 - when the third lockdown started in France. This Wednesday May 19, 2021 marks the return of these stores in France: They are now allowed to reopen to their customers! [Read more]
Lockdown exit: curfew to be progressively postponed starting May 19
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]
Third step starting from June 9, 2021:
- Curfew will be postponed again to 23 p.m.
- Working from home will be eased for the first time.
- Cafés and restaurants could reopen their indoor dining room with fitted limits and health protocols, as well as maximum 6 patrons around a table.
- Cultural places and sporting places will be allowed to receive up to 5,000 people with a health pass. Gyms could reopen with fitted limits and protocols, outdoor contact sports, and indoor sports could be allowed.
- Foreign tourists could also be allowed to visit France thanks to a health pass.
Lockdown exit: restaurants and cafés to reopen from June 9, 2021
In France, the reopening of restaurants is highly awaited. As terraces have been able to reopen (despite the rather bad weather) from May 19, cafés and restaurants can reopen to welcome patrons again indoors starting from June 9, 2021. Let us discover the conditions of this reopening. [Read more]
Last but not least, fourth step from June 30, 2021:
- Curfew is to end, limits in places open to the public could be eased as well (depending on the local health situation).
- It could be possible to access events over 1,000 indoor and outdoor on the condition people have a health pass.
- The gauge limits are to change depending on the territory’s health situation.
- Nightclubs are to stay closed.
End of curfew: it could ultimately end on June 30, 2021
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. [Read more]
Coronavirus: lockdown exit plan, announcements as for gatherings
During an interview with the regional daily press, Emmanuel Macron announced his four-step lockdown exit strategy, revealed this Thursday April 29, 2021 by our peers from Europe 1. A lockdown exit plan that plans - like in May 2020 - to limit gatherings. Keep reading to find out more! [Read more]