France will see a progressive lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in four steps starting Monday until June 30, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview released today.
Here's a look at the steps:
- Monday will mark the end of certificates required for movement, as well as the end of domestic travel restrictions.
- Starting on May 19 curfews will start at 9 p.m local time (as opposed to 7 p.m. currently) and shops, terraces and museums, cinemas and theaters will reopen with limited capacity.
- On June 9, curfews pushed further to 11 p.m local time. There will also be a return to offices, and cafes, restaurants and gyms can reopen. Subject to a “health pass,” sports and cultural events of up to 5,000 attendees will be allowed. Tourists will be allowed to return, also subject to a “health pass.”
- The fourth and last step, on June 30, would see the end of curfews, but nightclubs would remain closed.
The progressive easing of restrictions is contingent on the situation in each department, which are administrative regions in France.
“I have good hope that the entire France will be able to get to the stage of May 19th. These are nation-wide measures, but we’ll be able to pull sanitary “urgent brakes” in places where the virus circulation would be too high,” Macron said in the interview, which took place with France’s regional press on Wednesday.
France went into a national lockdown again on April 3 due to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. The nationwide nightly curfew, which came into effect on Jan. 16, currently runs from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time.