French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday the worst of the COVID-19 second wave was over in France, and announced the start of a phased easing of lockdown restrictions.
The progression from one phase to the next will be contingent on coronavirus transmission rates staying on a downward trajectory, he said.
Below are details of the plan Macron unveiled in a televised address to the nation:
PHASE ONE – FROM NOV. 28
* Lockdown will remain in place, but people will be able to exercise outside for three hours a day, versus the one hour at the moment, and within a 20 km radius of their homes, versus the 1 km radius allowed now.
* Shops selling non-essential good such as clothes, shoes and toys will be allowed to re-open
* Indoor religious services will be allowed to resume, but the number of worshippers will be capped at 30 people.
PHASE TWO – FROM DEC. 15
* Lockdown is lifted
* A curfew will be in place between the hours of 9:00 pm and 7:00 am daily.
*Cinemas and theatres will be allowed to re-open
PHASE THREE – FROM JAN. 20
* Bars, restaurants and cafes can re-open
* Universities can resume in-person teaching
* Gyms can re-open