As president Macron recovers from the shock of being slapped in the face this afternoon from a member of the public while on Stage 2 of his Tour de France in the Drôme, the country is gearing up for the third stage of deconfinement tomorrow.
June 9 also marks the introduction of TousAntiCovid’s QR codes at entrances of establishments to help trace and track Covid positive customers and from this date, vaccinated Europeans can enter France without providing a PCR test upon arrival or having to quarantine.
If the health situation continues to improve in France—the positivity rate as of June 7 is down to 2.4% and the incidence rate is 72 per 100,000 people—then capacity restrictions and curfew will be lifted on June 30 although this does not include the wearing of masks.
From Wednesday, curfew moves to 11 p.m. and will end entirely on June 30, eight months after it was first implemented.
Restaurants and cafés will be able to open inside at 50% service and with a limit of six people per table, while terraces will be able to open at 100% capacity.
For non-essential businesses and museums, the distance between people will drop to 4 sqm and places of worship can allow up 75 people for funerals and weddings. For cinemas and outdoor seated festivals, capacity will increase to 65% and up to 5,000 people per room, although the health pass will be compulsory for more than 1,000 people. Nightclubs remain closed and their fate will be determined on June 15.
June 9 sees the reopening of gyms and the continuation of outdoor contact sports. Outdoor sports competitions can accommodate up to 500 amateur athletes and indoor swimming pools can allow 50% capacity. From June 30, social distancing will be maintained but outdoor sports competitions will be able to allow up to 2,500 people, with the health pass for more than 1,000 people.
For the work place, employees will be expected to return to the office for a minimum number of days per week “for activities that allow it.” For public service, it will be 3 days of teleworking, and both the public and private sectors will have to continue to respect a series of health measures.
President of the scientific council Jean-François Delfraissy on RTL today that the pandemic should remain stable this summer but he does not exclude a surge of the virus due to the Delta variant. “I think there will be a pickup in September or October, will it really be a fourth wave? It will be very different from the first waves because we will have the vaccination," he said. He also believes that it will be “very difficult” to ask the French to keep wearing a mask after June 30.