Deconfinement in France: key June and summer dates

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces phase two of deconfinement in France
Prime minister Edouard Philippe made the announcement yesterday as he laid out plans to "deconfine the country"

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced phase two of deconfinement in France, with restrictions easing on travel, shops, parks, public spaces, cafés and restaurants. We list the key dates so far.

Phase two is expected to last until at least June 21.

In his address yesterday (Thursday May 28), with health minister Olivier Véran and national education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, Mr Philippe said: “This freedom implies constraints...We will continue to limit the forms of social life that are the most conducive to the transmission of the virus: contact sports, nightclubs, large groupings of people.

“The rate of spread of the virus is at this stage ‘under control’. This means that we are where we hoped to be at the end of May and even a little better than we had hoped to be. This is good news. Things are looking good, but not good enough to return everything back to normal."

He added: "Today all the indicators [for virus transmission] are green except in two departments: Val d'Oise and Mayotte [but] this does not mean that the virus is no longer circulating.

“We need to remain very vigilant. Freedom will, finally, be the rule, and restriction the exception."

June 2

The 100km travel limit is set to be lifted.

Beaches, parks, gardens, lakes, gyms, swimming pools, museums, and monuments to reopen in green zones. Local authorities can choose whether to make mask-wearing mandatory, depending on the site.

Theatres, concert halls and sports halls to reopen in green zones.

Hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and gîtes in green zones allowed to reopen.

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Cafés and restaurants are permitted to reopen across France. All venues must maintain a 1m gap between tables. Staff will wear masks and groups will be limited to 10 people. Customers will be required to wear masks while moving around, but can remove them at their tables.

In Paris and parts of Ile de France (orange zones) meanwhile, only outdoor seating will be permitted in the first instance.

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Groups still limited to a maximum of 10 people in public spaces.

Working from home is still recommended.

Controversial smartphone app, StopCovid, to be available to download on smartphones from June 2. Mr Philippe said it was “not a magic wand…[but] a very powerful complementary instrument”. He reminded people that it did not work through “geolocalisation”, and that “the State will never have access to your data”.

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More schools and collèges set to reopen, including all primary schools, and some lycées, with class sizes restricted to 15.

Yet, the French Bac oral exam, due to be taken by lycée students this summer, has been cancelled. Marks will instead be awarded based on marks from the first two terms.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has also cautioned against moving around too much. He said: "The less we move around, the less we spread the virus.

"I call on the public to show the same kind of responsibility as they have been showing throughout the crisis."

 

June 15

Border restrictions and travel into France from European countries to be lifted.

“Reciprocal” voluntary quarantines likely to be in place for people arriving in France from countries that have their own quarantines for people arriving from France, such as the UK.

Decision to be made on whether to relax/open border restrictions on arrivals into France from outside the European Union.

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June 22

Beaches, parks, gardens, lakes, gyms, and swimming pools to reopen in orange zones.

Theatres, concert halls, and sports halls to reopen in orange zones.

Hotels, B&Bs, campsites, gîtes, and holiday villages allowed to reopen in orange zones.

Cinemas to reopen, with mask-wearing mandatory.

July onwards

Nightclubs, large indoor gatherings, and group sports will remain closed and/or prohibited during phase two. An announcement on the reopening of these is expected by July, and almost certainly by June 22.

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