In recent weeks, France has begun to ease its restrictions on the national lockdown that has been in place in the country throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The country had begun easing restrictions during the initial Phase 1 in May, with the opening of schools, some shops and limited public spaces. While restrictions have slowly been reduced in recent weeks, the start of June sees a tentative return to a familiar way of life with a broader range of re-openings, which has been met positively.
Lockdown changes beginning from June 2:
Primary and nursery schools had been opened after May 11, but from the start of June, France will also reopen high schools and secondary schools, allowing students to return. Colleges and lycées will also reopen.
France will also allow greater movement around the country, although international travel is still restricted. From June 2, it will be possible to travel over 100km from your home residence. International border restrictions will be reviewed after June 15.
Exercise and outdoor activities
You’ll also be able to enjoy a greater variety of outdoor and fitness activities, with the reopening of gyms, pools and other fitness spaces over a period of time. This will be introduced through a phased approach. Parks and gardens have first been allowed to reopen across the entire country, along with beaches and lakes. Depending on local authorities, some restrictions or mask-wearing requirements may be in place.
Pools and gyms in designated green zones can open from June 2, while those in orange zones may reopen after June 22. However contact sports are still prohibited at present.
Cafes and restaurants
Cafes and restaurants have been permitted to open from June 2 across the whole of France, although with some restrictions in place. These include limiting groups of people to 10 or less, and maintaining a 1m gap between all tables. Staff must always wear masks, and customers are required to wear masks when moving around, although they can be removed when seated.
In all cafes and bars where indoor service is allowed to resume, customers must be seated at a table, and standing service is not permitted. For venues in orange zones, they may open outside terrace seating, while indoor seating is not yet allowed.
Museums, monuments, art galleries and concert halls
There is a welcome return to France’s rich cultural scene with the lifting of some restrictions on cultural venues. All museums and monuments have been permitted to reopen from June 2, and theatres, concert halls and sports event venues in green zones can also reopen from the same date. Those in orange zones can reopen from June 22. You will also be able to go to cinemas from June 22. However mask wearing is mandatory at all of these venues for the entire duration of your visit.
Some restrictions are still in place however, with a ban on nightclubs, large indoor gatherings, and stadium venues from opening. It is also widely recommended to continue working from home where possible.