France will gradually end its 2-month lockout from May 11, with the “deconfinement plan” which will take place in two stages over several weeks. First, there will be more freedom of movement and a reopening of shops and schools, then later in early June, restaurants, bars, cafes and museums.
But the end of the two-month national lockdown, in effect since March 17, is conditional: first, to maintain infection rates below 3,000 new cases per day until that date; second, no public relaxation of the current quarantine rules. If people start not to respect the decree on the stay at home before May 11, they will have to stay at home longer, warned Prime Minister Édouard Philippe. The end of “imprisonment” depends heavily on collective civility, he said in announcing the measures on Tuesday afternoon. “The viral chain must be replaced by a chain of solidarity … Individual discipline and responsibility must be shared by all citizens. “
French PM says the lThe reserve “was an effective instrument”, but is “not sustainable”. 60,000 lives have been saved thanks to home support measures, but now is the time to save the economy. “We are going to have to live with COVID-19,” he said.
The coronavirus has killed 23,293 people in France according to the latest health statistics.
“We have to progress gradually, carefully and resolutely towards a gradual end to the lockdown.” The “deconfinement” plan has three main components: protect, test and isolate. “From the moment we are no longer in a lockout, respect for the” barrier gestures “of infection and social distancing will become even more important. France will carry out 700,000 tests per week from May 11; people who test positive will have the choice of isolating themselves at home or in special health centers.
A return to normal life will be spread across the country, and will take much longer in the hotspot virus areas, designated as “red departments”, than those where the risk of low transmissions qualifies them as “green”.
So aI’m fine, what are the two major phases at the end of locking:
From May 11:
Shops and businesses All stores, big and small, can reopen. The same goes for libraries, small museums and cultural centers. Thousands of markets across the country will also see the light of day. VSafes, bars and restaurants remain closed.
Public transport will gradually resume, although services will be considerably reduced, with approximately one metro and RER on two. Masks will be mandatory on public transport and in taxis and “preferable” elsewhere – with some 20 million to distribute to pharmacies before May 11.
Travel ban to stay at home Freedom of individual movement will progress considerably. Instead of one hour of leisure a day, within 1 km of their home, people can now travel up to 100 km from their home. That said, the government is urging people to continue working from home as much as possible.
From June 2
Cafes, restaurants and bars can open, with cinemas, theaters and major museums like the Louvre in Paris. The gradual reopening will continue for months, with a review of the situation every two weeks.
As for summer vacations, it is too early to say that the government says so.
For sport events, supporters will have to wait until September to see the matches resume in the stadiums (note that the Tour de France was also postponed at the end of August-beginning of September).
With most of the French on the brink of their sets announcing the end of the lockout, now in its 43rd day, there was both good news and bad news. No doubt some hoped for more. Ultimately, the level of new freedoms will depend heavily on how people behave over the next few days.