Prime Minister Jean Castex said on June 16 that the Covid-19 situation was improving “faster than we had hoped” and lifted the curfew.
France registers on average just over 2,500 new cases of Covid-19 per day, this number decreasing rapidly from week to week. The number of people hospitalized and intensive care units is also decreasing, as is the number of deaths per day from Covid-19.
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History of the curfew
Sixteen departments in France were either under curfew or under confinement between October 17, 2020 and June 20, 2021, with the exception of December 25, 2020.
38 other departments were subjected to the same measures from October 23.
During this period, there were two periods of confinement, from October 30 to December 15, 2020 and from April 3 to May 2, 2021.
The whole of metropolitan France was either under curfew or under confinement from October 30, 2020 to June 20, 2021.
End of “certificate”
The end of the curfew in France means the end of the travel certificate to go out.
There were a limited number of reasons people could go out during curfew hours, such as walking a dog, seeking essential health care, or for work-related reasons.
Bars and restaurants to stay open later
The good news for night owls is that bars and restaurants can now stay open until the early hours of the morning.
In recent weeks, authorities have been more relaxed about the nighttime curfew in France. On June 11, spectators of the semi-final of the Roland-Garros tennis tournament were allowed to stay in the stands after 11:00 p.m. to witness the conclusion of the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
And on June 15, police were told to be lenient with football fans returning home after 11:00 p.m. after France’s first game of the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament.
Late night cinema screenings
Film screenings at 10 p.m. in cinemas are again possible.
There is still a 65% capacity limit in theaters but that will end on June 30.
The 35th edition of the Fête du Cinéma en France will take place from June 30 to July 4 this year, with many film screenings available for just € 4.
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