Coronavirus: France reveals plans to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures

France’s prime minister has revealed plans to ease lockdown measures in the country, with children returning to school and many shops allowed to reopen.

Edouard Philippe has said the restrictions, which have been in place from mid-March, will be relaxed from 11 May.

The Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football seasons will not resume until September, and cafe and restaurants will not be reopened before the beginning of June.


Mr Philippe promised enough masks will be available for all people in the country from 11 May.

The French government is calling on every company to provide workers with masks and will help small firms obtain them if needed.

Five million will be made available each week to the most vulnerable people.


The French government aims to carry out at least 700,000 virological tests a week by 11 May.

Authorities are to identify and test all those, symptomatic or not, who have had close contact with a person who tests positive.

All of those who have contact will be asked to isolate themselves, as uncertainties remain about how it long takes for symptoms to emerge once someone has caught coronavirus.

Those who test positive will be forced to confine themselves for 14 days, either at home or in a place made available to that person such as a requisitioned hotel.


Kindergartens and primary schools will reopen nationwide from 11 May but on a voluntary basis.

Secondary schools will gradually reopen from 18 May and all pupils will be required to wear masks.

Kindergarten children will not be allowed to wear masks over safety fears in case they misuse them, and the government will make masks available for secondary school students who are not able to get them themselves.

Class sizes will be kept to 15 students per class and distance learning will remain free for those students who stay home.


The French people will continue to be encouraged to work from home where possible.

Companies will be asked to stagger work hours by introducing shifts where working from home is not possible.

Masks will be required where social distancing is not possible.

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