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Whether you are about to discover these restrictions or you need a booster shot, here are the rules that will punctuate the month of April.
In the evening and at night, outings conditional on a derogatory reason
Device now well known to all, “the curfew at 7 p.m. will be maintained everywhere”, stressed Emmanuel Macron from the outset. From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., no outing is authorized except for the eight derogatory grounds mentioned on the certificates to be presented in the event of a control to the police: “professional activity, education and training”, “consultations and care” , “compelling family reason, vulnerable or precarious persons or childcare”, “situation of handicap”, “judicial or administrative summons”, “mission of general interest”, “transit and long distance movements” and “animals of company”.
During the day, unlimited outings within a radius of 10 km around your home
Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., everyone is allowed to circulate freely in the public space provided they do not move more than 10 km from their place of residence as the crow flies. Unlike the 2020 confinements, these outdoor trips are allowed “without any time limit”, as announced by Jean Castex on March 18. In the event of an inspection, the presentation of a certificate is not necessary: an identity document or any other proof of address will do.
Meetings in small groups outdoors
Concerned with curbing the virus “without locking up” the French, the executive encourages them to favor outdoor meetings, while respecting certain rules. Gatherings in public spaces must be limited to six people, with a few exceptions (large families, funerals, declared events, public ceremonies, professional activities, supervised sporting activities, transport). New for this month of April: alcohol consumption on public roads, especially in parks and in front of bars, is no longer authorized.
As Easter approaches and, from mid-April, Ramadan, Emmanuel Macron calls the French, as for Christmas, to “avoid private gatherings, parties with friends, family, relatives”, especially at home. This is a recommendation and not a ban, as the executive does not have the legal means to impose a maximum number of guests in the homes. The government is reduced to relying on everyone’s responsibility, with slogans like “Inside with mine, outside as a citizen” or “Everyone at home, or outside”.
Purchases in a reduced number of stores
Want to buy sandals or a toy for the little one? Impossible to enter the store. Only businesses deemed to be “essential” can remain open, in particular food, cars or even IT. The list, available on the service-public site, has been extended compared to the confinements of 2020, in particular allowing hairdressers, booksellers, record stores and florists to continue to welcome customers, according to Bercy. Other businesses wishing to maintain an activity must be satisfied with delivery or “click and collect”. The extension of this measure to the whole of the territory will increase the number of closed establishments from 90,000 to 150,000, estimates the Ministry of the Economy.
Trips of more than 10 km under certain conditions
If you wish to venture beyond a radius of 10 km during the day, you must bring a duly completed exceptional travel certificate. Here are the reasons allowing you to travel within your department or in the sectors of a neighboring department located less than 30 km from your home: “professional activity and purchases, education and training, mission of general interest”, “consultations and care”, “pressing family reasons, vulnerable or insecure people or childcare”, “disabled”, “judicial or administrative summons”, “transit and long distance trips”, “purchases”, “moving “,” administrative or legal procedures “,” worship “,” participation in authorized gatherings “and” transit travel to stations and airports “.
It is even possible to leave your department without a distance limit for some of these reasons: “professional activity and purchases, education and training, mission of general interest”, “consultations and care”, “pressing family grounds, vulnerable or precarious persons or childcare”, “situation of disability”, “judicial or administrative summons “,” moving “and” participating in authorized gatherings “.
Travel tolerated during the Easter weekend
“Our fellow citizens who wish to change region to go and isolate themselves will be able to do so during this Easter weekend”, said Emmanuel Macron. This tolerance “ends Monday evening”, on April 5, according to the Interior Ministry, which specifies that it “only concerns daytime trips, to spend the next few weeks in a place of your choice”. The curfew rules will thus remain valid during this weekend.
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