Lockdown exit: Emmanuel Macron’s four-step plan

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 4 May 2021 at 18h07 · Updated on 4 May 2021 at 18h07
How is the government’s lockdown exit plan? While we are waiting for Emmanuel Macron’s statements expected in the regional press, here is what seems to be planned according to information revealed this Thursday April 29, 2021.

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).

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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.

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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.

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