Macron Outlines Plan To End Confinement In France

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Macron Outlines Plan To End Confinement In France

President Emmanuel Macron has outlined a 4-phase plan for France to progressively end lockdown from May 3 but has said the government will put on the “emergency brakes” should additional outbreaks occur.

The president provided details last night to French regional newspapers in order to reach the maximum number of people before the May 1 holiday weekend. The gradual easing of restrictions comes as ICU services remain saturated and the first cases of the Indian variant have popped up in France.

May 3
- Freedom of movement. End of attestations and all interdepartmental restrictions
- Middle and high school students return in person to school.
- Curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. remains in place.
- Work from home to continue.

May 19
- Curfew bumped to 9 p.m. (still until 6 a.m.).
- All businesses and shops to reopen, but with strict protocol.
- Restaurant and café terraces to reopen, 6-person max per table and strict protocol.
- Museums, monuments, cinemas, theaters, performance halls with a seated audience will reopen with strict protocol.
- Work from home to continue.

June 9
- Curfew bumped again to 11 p.m. (still until 6 a.m.).
- Cafés and restaurants for indoor service to reopen, 6-person max per table and strict protocol.
- Gyms and sports stadiums can reopen.
- Events and sports stadiums to welcome up to 5,000 people with a health pass (pass sanitaire).
- Expos and fairs for up to 5,000 people with a health pass.
- Foreign tourists can enter France with a health pass.
- Easing of work from home rule.

June 30
- After 8 months, curfew will be lifted completely.
- End of work from home rule
- Possibility to access indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people with a health pass.
- Nightclubs remain closed.

Macron said he intends to put on “health ‘emergency brakes’ in the territories where the virus circulate too much.” The bar will be areas with an incidence rate of 400 infections per 100,000 people, which poses “a threat of saturation of intensive care services.” As of April 29, according to the Agence Régionale de Santé, the Alpes-Maritimes has an incidence rate of 165 and a positivity rate of 4.9%. (Covidtracker reports Paris with an incidence rate of 400).

While the British strain accounts for  82.7% cases in France, the ministry of health confirmed Thursday that three cases of the Indian variant have been detected, one in Lot-et-Garonne and two in Bouches-du-Rhône.

And France Bleu has reported that a 70-year-old retired couple from Marseille, who received both doses of Pfizer, have tested positive for Covid.  Showing mild symptoms of fever, sore throat and cough, Josée has been vaccinated for two months while her husband had his second shot on April 10.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.