As the “second wave” of Covid-19 infections begins to overwhelm hospitals, the French are once again back in confinement from October 30 until at least December 1st.
No Public Gatherings
All gatherings in public places are now banned. Cinemas, museums, theatres and concert halls are now completely closed. Libraries are closed, but on-site lending is possible.
All bars and restaurants are closed, but take-out and delivery are allowed. Hotels can only accommodate business travelers with the proper attestation.
Stay at Home (and the Exceptions)
Leaving your home is only possible in the following cases:
- to get to work if remote working is not possible
- to get to a medical appointment
- to assist a loved one (sick, elderly, handicapped)
- to make essential purchases (food shopping, professional equipment, etc.)
- to practice an individual sports activity in the open air or to get some fresh air, within a radius of 1 kilometer from home and within a limit of one hour
- for a judicial or administrative summons
- for participation in volunteer work
- to take school exams
- for moving (your residence)
If you step outside your house you need your mask (of course) and carry one of these three printed attestations:
What’s Still Open
Preschool, elementary, middle and high schools will remain open, but university students have to work remotely. Kids age 6 and up have to wear masks.
Public Services Remain Open
Municipal services, town halls, and hotlines will remain functioning as normal.
Food Shops and Other “Essential” Stores and Services
- Indoor and outdoor food markets
- Shops linked to health (pharmacies)
- DIY stores
- Car garages
- Computer equipment stores
- Telecommunications equipment shops
- Stationery stores
- Garden centers
- Wholesale stores
- Pet stores
- Temping agencies
- Laundromats and laundries
- Post Offices
- Insurance agencies
* Businesses that are closed, such as bookstores, can set up click & collect.
The metro, bus and RER will be running, but at limited intervals to account for less traffic.
Parks and gardens remain open (although you can only visit them if they’re within one kilometer of your residence, and not for more than an hour, and only alone or with people from the same household). Cemeteries also remain open normal winter hours (8am-6pm), since the French Toussaint holiday (All Saints’ Day) is November 1st.
Funerals are allowed with a maximum of 30 people. Wedding ceremonies can be held with a maximum of 6 guests (excluding married couples and town hall staff).
Places of worship
Places of worship remain open to the public but religious gatherings (masses, baptisms) are prohibited (except funerals and weddings).
Gyms and Sport Centers
All Parisian gymnasiums and sports clubs are closed to the public, but remain open for school children with their designated time slots, university sports clubs, and professional athletes. Outdoor team sports are prohibited.