The French regions of Hauts-de-France, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est, as well as Paris and its surrounding Ile-de-France, have been reported “red” by the government because “the coronavirus is still circulating” there -bas, prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday.
The lock will be lifted everywhere outside the overseas territory of Mayotte, where the situation is not yet under control, added Philippe.
Shops, businesses and small cultural places like libraries will reopen in France on May 11. Cafes, restaurants and theaters will remain closed.
Small gatherings up to 10 allowed
Groups of up to 10 people will be allowed to meet when the closure is lifted.
As restrictions are relaxed, citizens will still have to justify traveling more than 100 km from their homes, the French interior minister said on Thursday. Those who break this rule will be fined € 135.
On June 2, the regulations will be reassessed, the minister said, but no event of more than 5,000 people will be organized before September.
About 400,000 companies are about to reopen.
“Social and economic life will resume,” said French Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire.
France’s borders will remain closed to non-European citizens until further notice.
Stricter rules in Paris and in four “red” French regions
In Paris and Ile-de-France, the virus is still circulating, said the Prime Minister. There will be strict rules on public transportation and people are advised to minimize movement.
In the French capital, workers will need documentation from their employer to justify using the city’s transportation network.
In Mayotte, the Prime Minister said, the pandemic must be “brought under control” and the lock will remain in place for the time being.
French regions marked as “green” because the number of coronavirus cases has slowed will be allowed to reopen high schools, cafes and restaurants if they remain “green” for three weeks after May 11, said Philippe.
In “green” regions, parks and secondary schools can reopen from May 18.
“The situation in Ile-de-France remains worrying,” said French Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
“France is ready to start massively testing,” added Véran.