Since December 15th, new safeguard rules apply in relation to the Covid-19 pandemics.
Free move during the day
With the second confinement, travel was restricted: they needed to be justified by a reason authorized on the exceptional travel certificate.
From December 15th on, the restrictions disappear: one can move again “everywhere in France”, without a certificate during the day.
However, a curfew is now in effect from Tuesday, December 15th, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. It is forbidden to travel during this time slot, except for a valid reason: professional, imperative family, a mission of general interest, medical reasons, people with disabilities and their companion, needs of pets.
In this case, you will need to have a certificate (on paper or on a smartphone).
Be careful, walking or physical activity is not included in the list of exemptions: it is, therefore, impossible to practice them from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
This curfew does not apply on December 24th but must be observed on December 31st, New Year’s Eve.
Vacationing in France
It will be possible to go on vacation as long as you respect the curfew. The French will be able to move from region to region during the day. From 8 pm, the French must stop traveling minus a few exceptions: a plane or a train connection to catch.
The same rule applies for purchases for the holiday season, which can take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., starting December 15th.
Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve
We can celebrate Christmas, this is the only exception to the curfew: travel will be authorized on the evening of December 24th. However, it is recommended that you be no more than six adults at a time. It is also advisable to “limit interactions during the five days preceding” New Year’s Eve to limit the risks with vulnerable people.
On the other hand, it will be necessary to stay at home on December 31st, 2020. On New Year’s Eve, it will be possible to have guests provided they arrive before 8 pm and leave after 6 am, in order to limit movements as much as possible.
Attending a religious ceremony (under certain conditions)
Since December 3rd, religious ceremonies can bring together more than 30 people, but new rules have been set: two seats must remain free between each person or family entity and every other row must remain unoccupied in churches, mosques, temples, and others. synagogues across the country. This is not going to change and the end of year celebrations will not be an exception a priori, including, for Catholics, for Christmas masses.
Exercise indoors, but only for minors
Extra-curricular sports activities that take place in covered and closed places will be able to resume. “Sports practice will no longer be limited either in duration or in scope but must be carried out in accordance with the curfew times (return home no later than 8 p.m.). Only practice without proximity to other athletes is authorized, which excludes sports practices with contacts. ”
Indoor sport for adults is still prohibited. It is nevertheless possible to perform an individual sport in the open air (racket sports, athletics, cycling, etc.).
Translated and adapted by Paris-Hospitality