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The first step in the timeline to end lockdown restrictions in France begins today (May 3). This implies the end of travel restrictions in France although the curfew is still in force.

Crossing France now authorized

Now you can travel anywhere you want for any reason by any means of transport, without any distance restrictions or the need for a daytime attestation form.

Curfew still applies

The 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew still applies and you still need a curfew attestation form to exit for any of the reasons stated on the form.

There is a new curfew attestation form for use as of May 3, which has been updated to reflect the end of the general lockdown (curfew only). Download it here, create a digital version here, or find it on the TousAntiCovid app.

The certification forms for professional or school trips remain unchanged.

The start time of the curfew will be extended to 9:00 p.m. from May 19 to coincide with the reopening of shops, restaurant terraces (for table groups of up to six people), museums, cinemas and theaters.

The curfew is to be extended again to 11:00 p.m. on June 9 and completely lifted on June 30.

Work from home always recommended

The current national health protocol still recommends that people work from home whenever possible. Employees who work 100% remotely can come to their workplace one day a week if they wish.

This rule should be relaxed further from June 9.

Colleges and high schools reopen with limited capacity for in-person classes

After two weeks of distance learning, high school students will be able to take half-capacity courses, alternating between distance courses and in-person sessions.

In most places, colleges will reopen, except for older students (third and fourth years) in areas worst hit by the pandemic. These classes will open at half capacity, like high schools.

What you still can’t do

There are still a number of things that are not yet permitted. Restrictions still in place include:

  • Non-essential shops closed
  • Do not eat or drink in restaurants or bars (except take-out)
  • Museums, cinemas, theaters closed
  • Gatherings still limited to six people
  • Wearing a mask and respecting “barrier methods” (hand washing, physical distancing, etc.) are always necessary

The next big date on the deconfinement calendar is May 19, when non-essential stores, restaurant terraces, museums, cinemas and theaters reopen, with limited capacity. The curfew is expected to be extended to 9:00 p.m.

The methods of physical distancing and hygiene will always apply.

After that, the next stop should be June 9, with indoor restaurants (still for groups of up to six people) and indoor gyms reopening, and the curfew extended until 11:00 p.m.

The last stage is set for June 30, when the curfew must be lifted, depending on the local health situation.

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