by Steve Martindale
With the end of lockdown in sight for many, the government has unveiled what a post-confinement France will look like and what you will soon be able to do again.
Following confirmation in a televised address by Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe, the lockdown will finally end for many from Monday 11th May, although life will not be the same as before. While there will no longer be a need to carry a form when you leave the house, certain travel restrictions will remain in place and not all of the country will end confinement in the same way.
The new de-confinement rules unveiled represent phase one of a longer-term plan and will run from 11th May to 2nd June. Departments will be classified as either green or red when confinement finally ends, with stricter measures in place for those in red. For the time being, the majority of SW France has been given green status; the status for each department is being reviewed daily until 7th May, the date on which a definitive decision will be taken. In red departments “there will be the possibility of closing schools if necessary, or of closing a certain number of shops and outdoor places,” Health Minister Olivier Véran explained when revealing the first indicative maps on 30th April.
For full details of the major changes post-confinement in green departments see the lead article in May’s edition of The Bugle: https://www.thebugle.eu/read_online.php