At last President Macron has given details of when current lockdown restrictions will be eased.

A notable feature of the lockdown easing in France, which starts on May 3, is that a curfew stays in place until the end of June.

From next Monday, May 3, travel limits will be removed and middle and high schools will operate at half capacity. Teleworking will remain in place and businesses that are not “essential” will remain closed.

Much more will happen on May 19, when curfew will be pushed back until 21:00 and shops and theatres will reopen. Perhaps most importantly the French way of life will return with the opening of outside areas for bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Lunches and dinners will be limited to six people per table, while theatres and cinemas will be limited to 800 persons indoors and 1,000 outside. Gatherings of more than 10 people will otherwise be prohibited and sporting activities can resume.

From June 9 the curfew will be pushed back to 23:00. Cafes and restaurants will again be able to serve indoors, up to a limit of six people per table, and sports halls will be able to open their doors to individual or non-contact activities. Contact sports can also resume outdoors.

The TousAntiCovid application will be used for entry to stadiums, festivals, fairs and exhibitions.

On June 30 the lockdown and curfew will come to an end, with the important proviso that infection rates remain low.

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