Beaches Open Saturday
Beaches in 13 municipalities in the Alpes-Maritimes will reopen from Saturday, May 16 but specific "dynamic" rules will apply. Swimming is permitted, and so is individual non-motorized water sports like SUP, surfing and kayaking.
No sun tanning or picnics. You can leave a towel and belongings on the beach only if you are in the water.
Walkers and runners must respect social distancing: 1 meter between strangers, 5 meters for moderate physical activity (walking in groups) and 10 meters for intense sport activity like running. Gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited.
Each beach will have posters indicating entrance and exit points to control the flow of traffic and, of course, all beach activity will be monitored by municipal police, national police and gendarmerie with offenders facing, yet again, a fine of €135.
Any mayor in the department who made a request to the prefecture can reopen their beaches Saturday, this includes Nice, Antibes, Vallauris, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Saint-Laurent-du-Var (although details have not been made available for all). Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Eze-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat remain closed.
Antibes-Golfe Juan and Vallauris-Golfe-Juan
Beach access daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Vallauris (10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Closed until Monday, May 18, at which time supervised swimming for a maximum of one hour at Marquet beach will be permitted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Cannes, Mandelieu-La-Napoule and Theoule-sur-Mer
Access to the beach is allowed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (fishing permitted from the shore). Also in Mandelieu-La-Napoule, beaches are off limits from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Beach access daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Menton Sablettes ouest (west) and Fossan beach to Borrigo are accessible from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Garavan (Hawaï), Plage Sablettes (Rondelli) and Gorbio remain closed. No fishing is allowed.
A partial reopening of beaches between plage Victoria and the Joséphine-Baker roundabout in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has been authorized from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Access to other beaches and the nautical club is prohibited until further prefectural orders. The reopening of Golfe-Bleu beach is currently being reviewed. .
100 Kilometers But…
In France, you can now move freely within one hundred kilometers from home but only for professional or health reasons. Calculate the distance here.
You are still not allowed to cross the border, for example to Italy, for personal reasons (shopping or going to the beach) nor can you go to another town within France to spend the night in a hotel or rented accommodation.
Where You Can Go, What You Can Do
Parks, gardens and forests are open, as are media libraries, libraries and small museums.
You can practice an individual sport outdoors, including singles tennis (with marked balls), petanque (less than 10 people) and walking or running with a group of up to 10 while respecting distances of 5 meters (walking) and 10 meters (running).
You can visit family or friends, again with a maximum of 10 people, but you’ll need to respect social distancing. Still, better than a Houseparty apéro.
Cafés, Restaurants And Shops
Cafés and restaurants are tentatively set to reopen on June 2 in “green zones,” departments like the Alpes-Maritimes and Var. (Monaco is also set to open cafés June 2). Prime minister Edouard Philippe will announce the official reopening date the week of May 25.
The majority of businesses reopened May 11 and some require you to wear a mask (especially in Monaco). Hair and beauty treatments are by appointment only.