President Macron recently detailed a progressive lockdown exit strategy which has seen the reopening of non-essential stores and extended trips (previously limited to 1 km/1 hour from your home) from Saturday 28th November in France.
First step: November 28, in the morning
- Reopening of stores, salons and home services until 9 p.m. at the latest
- Trips allowed up to 20km and for 3 hours, but with a mandatory attestation form
- You can do individual outdoor sports activities in public spaces or individually at an outdoor sports field (athletics, tennis, horse riding, golf, hunting and fishing are permitted), but are not permitted to go to the gym or practice team sports (even outdoors) before January 20
- Children can resume their outdoor extracurricular activities
- Reopening of places of worship, and limited to maximum of 30 people
- Reopening of bookstores, record stores and libraries
Second step: December 15
- Lockdown exit if sanitary conditions allow in line with French Covid-19 regulations. From this date, an attestation will only be necessary to go out after curfew.
- Going away on vacation is not recommended
- Resuming of indoor extracurricular activities
- Reopening of cinemas, theatres and museums
- Gatherings still banned
- No reopening of theme parks, bars, restaurants or night clubs
- Curfew implemented from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until January 20, avoiding non necessary trips (curfew excludes December 24 and 31)
- Limiting the number of people together indoors as much as possible
- Ski resorts will stay closed until at least the end of the year but people can freely access ski stations (though facilities will not be open)
Third step: January 20
- Reopening of gyms and sports halls
- Reopening of restaurants
- Reopening of high schools
Fourth step: January 25
- Reopening of colleges if sanitary conditions are met
Government advice: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
All attestation forms are found here, including the mobile version: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement
For the maritime industry:
Today, the Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean took a new decree 238/2020 relaxing the rules of navigation in the Mediterranean following the publication of the new decree.
This decree specifies the following elements:
- The navigation of cruise ships and non-regular passengers whose stopover is accepted by the Port Police is authorised;
- Nautical events are in principle prohibited, except for defined criteria (6 people maximum on board, etc.);
- Any vessel flying a foreign flag is authorised to join its home port if it is French, or a French shipyard subject to having a repair contract with it;
- Ships flying the flag of a non-Schengen State are not authorised to anchor or stop in the territorial sea, except for defined criteria;
- Crew changes at sea (internal waters or territorial sea) are authorised in compliance with the regulations in force;
- Bunkering at sea is authorised subject to compliance with the regulations in force and the criteria defined by the decree in question. Thus, decree 218/2020 is repealed. There is no longer a specific certificate at sea: the certificate is the same as the one used on land. This implies that pleasure boating must respect the limitation criteria of 20km and 3 hours (box 6 on the attestation form).
- On the other hand, professional masters and seafarers must tick the box “Professional activity, education and training”, which is shown as option 1 on the attestation form.
You can find more information in French on the website of the Préfecture Maritime de Méditerranée: https://www.premar-mediterranee.gouv.fr/communiques-presse/mesures-d-allegement-du-confinement-en-mer