The curfew will be moved to 11 p.m. and several restrictions previously in force will be relaxed for this new stage of deconfinement.
France is initiating a new stage in its deconfinement plan. On June 9, new rules will apply to bars, restaurants but also to non-essential businesses or even in the workplace. Curfew, sport, cinema, theater, teleworking, ceremonies: Le Figaro take stock of what will and will not change.
The staggered curfew
The first change to take into account, and not the least: the curfew will be moved from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Customers of the terraces of bars and restaurants can stay longer at the tables. The curfew will not be definitively lifted until the end of the month, on June 30.
Bars and restaurants open indoors
The terraces of bars and restaurants, reopened on May 19 with a 50% gauge, will be able to accommodate more people. All of them can be filled to 100%, providing for tables of up to six people. Bars and restaurants will also be able to accommodate guests indoors. The gauge set in this area will be 50%, always with tables of six people maximum. Some restaurants have waited until June 9 to reopen, due to lack of space to offer a terrace.
June 9 also marks a turning point in health protocol. The reminder book – paper or digital – will be compulsory from this date at the entrance to bars, restaurants and sports halls, which will also reopen. In this case, a 50% gauge must be respected and contact sports will only be allowed outdoors. A distance of 2 meters between each athlete must be observed.
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More flexible gauges in cinemas and museums
The capacity of cinemas will almost double, with a tonnage extended to 65%. Evening sessions, with the help of the curfew, will also make a comeback. In museums, the distancing rules will be reduced to one person every 4 m², compared to 8 m² previously. These rules will also apply to non-essential businesses and departments.
In places of worship
In places of worship or for ceremonies such as weddings, one in two spaces may be occupied – compared to one in three staggered between each row so far. Funerals will be limited to 75 people.
Hydrotherapy is once again fully authorized, with no restriction on reception capacity.
From this Wednesday, June 9, the indoor swimming pools, closed since last September, reopen for everyone, with a 50% gauge. They had reopened since May 19, but only for the public considered a priority. Entry to the pool was thus made on presentation of a medical certificate.
The return of amusement parks
June will rhyme with a gradual reopening of amusement parks. After more than seven months of closure, Parc Astérix and Futuroscope will reopen on June 9. They will be followed by Disneyland Paris, which will once again be able to welcome the public from June 17. The Vendée amusement park of Puy du Fou will reopen four days a week from June 10.
This recovery will be carried out in strict compliance with a dedicated protocol: Disneyland Paris thus imposes physical distancing rules in its attractions and queues, as well as the wearing of a compulsory mask from the age of six. Access to Parc Astérix will be by reservation only. Wearing a mask will be compulsory from 11 years old.
The health pass
June 9 also marks the entry into force of the health pass. This document will condition access to gatherings of more than 1000 people. It will include proof of non-contamination with Covid-19, whether it is a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or a certificate of immunity, issued by a doctor.
«It will not be compulsory and will not be necessary for all activities relating to daily life: workplace, supermarkets, public services or restaurants and cinemas. It will be required to participate in events welcoming more than 1,000 people where the mixing of the public is more at risk from a health point of view: large theaters, sporting or cultural events, festivals, fairs and exhibitions», Says the government.
An easing of teleworking
Teleworking will be made more flexible as of June 9. A new national company protocol (PNE) will come into force on this date. A minimum number of teleworking days per week, for activities which allow it, must therefore be defined by social dialogue within each company. Any employer who would ask all of its employees to give up teleworking to return to the site 100% from June 9 “Would not apply the protocol”, warned the rue de Grenelle. The ministry itself has not set a minimum number of telecommuting days. The real return to normal is expected in September.
The rules relating to the respect of barrier gestures remain unchanged. The text specifies that the employer “Must take all the organizational measures necessary to limit the risk of crowds, crossings (flow of people) and concentration (density) of staff and customers in order to facilitate compliance with physical distancing”. Mostly, “Each employee must be able to have a space allowing them to comply with the rule of physical distancing of at least one meter from any other person (eg other employee, customer, user, service provider, etc.) associated with wearing the mask”. Meetings by audio or videoconference are preferred.
Something new at the French borders
France will relax the rules for access to its territory. From June 9, all Europeans vaccinated – either from two injections – will be able to cross French borders on presentation of a paper vaccination certificate, or health pass validated by the European Union. These documents will thus replace the negative PCR test of less than 72 hours, which until now had to be presented at the entrance to the territory.
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