Good news from France!

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron has unveiled the new national plan which should allow the country to step out of lockdown. The plan will come into effect on May 3rd, and will cover the period from May 3rd until June 30th. It will consists of 4 major stages for a gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks.

The ban on domestic travel will be finally lifted starting from May 3rd, but the 7:00 pm curfew will remain in place. France will start relaxing a nightly curfew and allow cafes, bars and restaurants to offer outside service from May 19th. Shops, cinemas, theaters and museums will also reopen on the same date, while gyms will retake their activity starting from June 9th, in compliance with the maximum capacity restrictions.

Another important update is the introduction of the pass sanitaire, a health pass that will allow foreign travelers to enter the country starting from June 9th.

Here below you can find all the details concerning the new rules for each different step.

Stage 1 – from May 3rd to May 18th:

  • The curfew will remain in place until 7 pm;
  • Inter-regional travel will be possible again;
  • The attestation de déplacement certification is no longer needed for daily movements;
  • Remote working will remain in place;

Stage 2 – from May 19th to June 8th

  • Curfew will be shifted to 9 pm;
  • Reopening of the “non-essential” shops, in compliance with protocols and the maximum capacity restrictions;
  • Reopening of cinemas, theatres and museums, in compliance with protocols and the maximum capacity restrictions;
  • Reopening of open-air sports facilities;
  • Cafés, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen outdoor only, with a maximum of 6 people per table;
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people allowed again in public places;
  • Reopening of open-air or covered sports facilities to spectators, for a maximum capacity of 800 people inside and 1000 people outside;
  • Remote working will remain in place;

Stage 3 – from June 9h to June 29th

  • Curfew will be shifted to 11:00 pm;
  • Cafés, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen indoor, with a maximum of 6 people per table, in compliance with protocols and the maximum capacity restrictions;
  • Introduction of the pass sanitaire, a health pass attesting the holder has either been vaccinated, has recently tested negative for the virus, or has recently recovered from it;
  • Opening borders to foreign travelers – with healt pass only;
  • Possibility to attend public cultural and sport events up to 5000 people – with healt pass only;
  • Reopening of trade shows and exhibition fairs, up to 5,000 people – with healt pass only;
  • Reopening of indoor sport centres and gyms, in compliance with protocols and the maximum capacity restrictions;
  • Easing of the remote working regulations;

Stage 4 – from June 30th

  • End of curfew;
  • End of gauge limits for those activities open to the public, according to the local health situation;
  • Possibility to attend public events with more than 1000 people outdoors and indoors – with health pass only;
  • Safety precautions and social distance will remain;
  • The maximum capacity per each activity will be considered according to the local health situation;

Conclusions

To sum up, the new plan will bring France to a gradual easing of the coronavirus restrictions, that have been evaluated according to a very specific roadmap to end on June 30th, with the definitive end of the curfew to allow the country to finally step out of lockdown.

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* Please note that this article is updated to April 2021. Before your departure we kindly invite you to double check the covid situation in France at the official website of the French Government as rules are constantly changing.