Probable rules of ending lockdown
The president has opted for a four-stage process, with three weeks between each stage in order to assess the impact on Covid numbers.
As with previous reopening plans, the latter stages are dependent on the health situation remaining under control and could be pushed back if numbers start to climb again.
Against expectations, the plan as announced so far is the same across the whole of France, even for regions experiencing higher infection rates.
Monday, May 3rd
  • Travel rules will be lifted with the end of the 10km rule and no more need for attestations for anyone out between 6am and 7pm.
  • Secondary schools go back to in-person classes after four works of holidays and distance learning while high schools (lycées) return to a minimum of 50 percent of in-person classes. The percentage of in-person versus online teaching will be set by each school.
  • All other rules remain the same.
  • The following will happen only if the health situation allows
Wednesday, May 19th
  • Curfew will be pushed back to 9pm from the current 7pm start
  • Reopening of the “non-essential” shops which are currently closed
  • Reopening of cinemas, theatres and museums, with number restrictions
  • Reopening of open-air sports facilities
  • Cafés, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen their outdoor terrace spaces 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, with number restrictions
Wednesday, June 9th
  • Implementation of a pass sanitaire – a health certificate showing either a vaccine certificate or recent Covid test that will be compulsory to access certain areas or events
  • Curfew pushed back to 11pm
  • Cafés, bars and restaurants allowed to reopen indoor spaces, with a maximum of 6 people per table
  • Possible public events including concerts and sports matches with a maximum of 5,000 people – only with a pass sanitaire
  • Opening borders to non-EU tourists and visitors – only with a pass sanitaire
  • Relaxation of the rules on remote working to allow people back to offices and workplaces
  • Reopening of public meeting rooms with a maximum of 5,000 people – only with a pass sanitaire
  • Reopening of indoor sports centres and gyms
Wednesday, June 30th
  • End of the curfew
  • Possibility of events of more than 1,000 people, indoors or outdoors.
  • Entrants will need a valid pass sanitaire


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