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in France - 2021 - Towards the end of lockdown
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At the start of May
France remains under strict Covid
rules. There is hope that most rules will be relaxed by the start of
summer, and that come July life will be back to something near normal
for a large part of the population.
From 19th May
shops, cinemas and museums will start to reopen, and the curfew hour
will be extended from 7 pm to 9 pm.
From 9th June
curfew hour is pushed back to 11 pm, and cafés and restaurants will
reopen - with social distancing measures. Trade and business fairs and
conventions can resume, with a maximum of 5000 visitors, and within
social distancing rules..
From 30th June
most things in France will be open subject to the restrictions of the
new post-covid normal.
Tourism is reviving
tourism industry is gearing up to welcome back many of the tourists and
visitors who have not had much of a holiday since 2019. International borders
opening up and small numbers of vehicles and campervans with foreign
registrations are appearing on French motorways. Generally speaking,
people entering France from abroad must show proof of a negative covid test
than 72 hours before their entry.
How the situation will evolve remains unknown. Travel between other
countries and France depends on regulations on both sides of the
international border. A common European travel attestation, a "covid
passport", is expected before the summer. How long it remains necessary
to have a negative test result from less than 72 hours before
travelling is also an unknown.
Much will depend on the
speed at which Covid infections continue to fall, which in turn depends
to a large extent on the speed of the vaccine rollout in different
countries. As of 6th May, a third of the adult population of France had
received at least one covid jab, and the rate of vaccination is still
Night clubs and discothèques will remain closed beyond 30th June, and
until further notice.
Meanwhile, many restaurants are surviving by serving carry-out meals,
and with some fine spring weather coming on, picknicking is popular
Most museums and historic monuments, including the Louvre and
the Château de Versailles, will reopen as from 19th May, but
with strictly enforced
limits on visitor numbers.
are no travel restrictions within France, and most hotels are open
(except for those that are normally closed out of season); most hotels
will provide carry-out meals for guests to eat in their room.
may reopen soon, but only to people
wearing a mask.....
Large out-of-town shopping malls have been closed, but smaller shopping
centres, garden centres, DIY stores and small shops remain open for
business. Most sports venues, and virtually all indoor sports venues,
have been closed since the start of the year, and will not reopen until
the coast is clear. All businesses and facilities that remain open are
required to apply strict social distancing measures, and in most places
the public has gone along with the rules, though inevitably there have
been some who remain oblivious to the risks, and some who deliberately
flout the rules.
The vaccination campaign
in France was beset in its early days by problems,
including a certain degree of
scepticism with regard to the effectiveness of vaccinations. But with
vaccination reticence falling and vaccination availability
rising, the vaccination campaign has now gone into overdrive. On
May 7th France vaccinated over 600,000 people in one day, and
government targets of three million injections a week were being met.
As of 7th May, 27% of the entire population (about 37% of the adult
population) had received at least one jab.