The great news for all Parisians, and those looking to visit the city in the not too distant future, is that France has now entered Phase II of their journey out of Coronavirus lockdown. Phase I began back on May 11th and saw residents finally gain a little more freedom outside of their homes. With the spread of the virus under greater control, French officials are now confident that they can take things further. So, let’s look at what is and is not permitted in these new measures.
What can we do in Paris now?
France now has two colour-coded zones. Red zones have gone. Ideally, you want to be in a green zone. This is where the virus is the least active and where you can now go out to cafes and restaurants again. However, Paris is an orange zone – undoubtedly due to its density. This means that restaurants can only operate on terraces and in outdoor spaces to lower the risk of contamination. Another great step forward here is that the parks will reopen. Essentially, the majority of these new rules relate to greater freedom to use outdoor spaces. Parisians desperate to get to the beach can now do so as the 100km radius travel restriction has also been lifted.
So what can’t you do?
At the moment, there are still some restrictions on indoor venues. However, those in orange zones, like Paris, should see the reopening of pools, gyms, amusement parks, cinemas and theatres and other venues from June 22nd. This signals the start of a more normal life and the return of the tourism and entertainment industry. There is still a long way to go before things are back to normal, or we will see tourists back on the streets. That said, there are talks to open the borders to European travellers from June 15th. Things are heading in the right direction.
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