It’s a happy day in France today, as many of the lock-in restrictions are lifted across the country after the Covid-19 crisis. The health situation has improved considerably, as shown by the government’s color-coded map of the geographic regions, metropolitan areas and overseas territories of the country, classifying the areas “green”, “orange” and “red , Indicating the presence of the virus. The rules for end of lock regulations depend on this color classification. (At this stage, the only “orange” zone in mainland France is the Paris region because the coronavirus is still actively circulating; the rest of the Hexagon is “green”.)
Bars and restaurants have reopened, as have some museums, theaters, parks, beaches, and cultural attractions. In Paris, only the restaurant terraces are allowed to open, but some have been allowed to spread onto the streets, and they are already packed. Parisians flock to their favorite sidewalk cafes for a cup of coffee with friends (respecting the appropriate social distancing measures, Of course). Today, the ban on travel to a destination more than 100 km away from his residence has also been lifted. And campsites and hotels in green areas are allowed to reopen. Note that gatherings of more than 5,000 people will be prohibited until at least September.
Looking ahead to the next phase of the reopening, the French hotel industry has high hopes for the summer. Caroline Leboucher, CEO of Atout France, the French tourism development agency, made the following statement:
“We look forward to Monday June 15 and confirmation of the reopening of the EU borders. Professionals in the French tourism industry have worked alongside the French government to develop health protocols that will guarantee the safety of their employees and visitors, and encourage good practices. The beaches, countryside and mountains where people wander or play outdoor sports, cultural and heritage sites, restaurants and tourist accommodation are all ready to welcome tourists again, who we hope should , being able to enjoy the French way of life, enjoying a Morning coffee cream and growing on a terrace, sharing a French meal with friends, or meeting up and tasting tasty food and wine together. “