PARIS – France split in half

Yesterday, the French government unveiled a deconfinement plan that will kick off on Monday (11 May) and will have the country divided into two zones. EURACTIV France looks into what this partial deconfinement plan will look like.

The regions of the Hauts de France, Ile-de-France, Grand Est and Bourgogne Franche-Comté, as well as Mayotte, will only undergo partial confinement, given that they are considered to be in the red zone because the virus is still spreading significantly there.

For the red zone, primary schools will also reopen. By comparison, all schools will reopen in the southern green zone. When it comes to transport, passengers commuting throughout the red zones will need a certificate and a mask, which are still difficult to find.

Companies have been asked to welcome only part of their workforce, to allow social-distancing, so that remote working will stay the norm when possible. Also, all gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited throughout the country, and all bars, cafes and restaurants remain closed until at least June.

Movements also remain restricted.

It will be possible to move within a radius of 100 km, but beyond that, a certificate will be required. Moving to other EU countries and the UK will not be possible either, although many exemptions are possible, for example, to go to work or to return to one’s own country.

Last but not least, the beaches could reopen with an administrative authorisation, which for tourist areas like Brittany or the Côte d’Azur had become an issue of urgency.

[Edited by Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic]

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