June 09, 2021 – 10:51
From today the French are allowed to return again to restaurants and bars, while foreign travelers with a COVID passport can visit the country.
Wednesday marks the next phase in easing restrictions announced in late April by President Emmanuel Macron.
What are the differences in restrictions?
The curfew will be extended by another two hours until 23:00 pm and is scheduled to be lifted completely on June 30;
Cafes and restaurants can welcome customers indoors with a capacity of 50% with a maximum of 6 people per table. Terraces can be filled to 100% capacity, also with a maximum of six people per table;
Capacity in museums and other cultural sites including cinemas and theaters increases by up to 5,000 people allowed although health permits are required for each event with more than 1,000 people;
Capacity at outdoor sporting events increased to 5,000 with health permits if over 1000;
Large exhibitions and fairs can be held with a maximum of 5,000 people in attendance on health leave if over 1000;
Outdoor physical activity, including contact sports, is allowed with a maximum of 25 participants. Amateur competitions can also continue with a maximum of 500 people;
Places of worship and ceremonies, such as weddings, can continue at 50% capacity;
Up to 75 people can attend the funeral;
Foreign tourists with a health passport can enter the country.
As of today, France operates under a traffic light system similar to the UK with countries classified as green, orange or red depending on their epidemiological situation. The green countries include the rest of the EU as well as Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.
Travelers must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency – Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca / Oxford University, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, or submit a negative PCR test no less than 72 hours before travel if not vaccinated.
Most other countries fall into the orange category including the US and UK and most of Asia and Africa.
To be allowed to cross the border, passengers must be completely inoculated with an EMA-approved vaccine and present with a negative PCR test or antigen obtained during the previous 72 hours; or if they are unvaccinated, have an essential reason to visit in which case they will have to appear for a test before departure and be self-isolated for seven days upon arrival.
Countries with an “active circulation” of the virus are categorized as red and include Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay.
All travelers from these countries, whether vaccinated or not, must justify an essential reason to visit, submit a PCR or antigen test no older than 48 hours before their departure, and undergo an antigen test after arrival. Vaccinated people should then be self-isolated for seven days, while unvaccinated travelers should be presented with a 10-day quarantine checked by law enforcement officers.
France is one of the most affected countries in Europe with more than 110,000 lives lost from the pandemic.
More than 28.2 million of the country’s population has received at least one dose with 14.3 million fully vaccinated. / a2cnn