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New semi-confinement in France: What you can and cannot do

President Macron announced last night that the semi-lockdown restrictions in place in 19 departments in France will apply nationwide from Saturday evening. 

He said that if the country continues to make a real effort and remains united, despite the “pain and hardship” of the past year, “we’ll [soon] see the end of the tunnel”.

When do the new measures start?

The new rules will come into force from the evening curfew time of 19:00 on Saturday, April 3.

People who wish to travel to a different part of France for the semi-confinement can do so, as long as they travel this weekend (April 3 and 4).

Is all of France affected?

Yes. The measures, also described as “lockdown light”, which were in place across 19 departments in France, have now been extended across the entire country.

Why is it being referred to as semi-lockdown?

The semi-confinement rules are less strict than during full confinement, but aim to limit social interactions and slow the spread of the virus. You can go out within a radius of 10km from your home without an attestation form and without time restriction, apart from the curfew hours. You do need though to carry proof of address on you to show you are within this limit if asked by police.

What are the daytime rules?

  • Everyone should work from home if possible
  • Travel between departments banned, unless for a permitted essential reason and within 30km of your home, or if you are travelling to an airport or station, or moving your main home
  • No private gatherings or parties
  • More checks in public space to limit public gatherings
  • French nationals or residents currently abroad can travel back to France

What are the accepted reasons for going further than 10km (or 30km between departments, for people who live on borders or must travel further for specific reasons)?

  • To buy necessary items
  • For necessary journeys to care for dependents or to ensure childcare
  • Imperative health reasons
  • Imperative work or training reasons
  • To go to a religious centre
  • To take part in imperative administrative or legal work
  • Moving house to your main home
  • Travelling to train stations or airports

How can I calculate an accurate 10km or 30km radius around my home?

If you want to be certain that you will stay within the correct distances of your home, there are some tools that can help.

One has been created by Esri France, the French branch of the Environmental Systems Research Institute, which has created geographic information tool le Système d’Information Géographique (SIG).

This allows you to search for an address and draw a 10km radius around it, to check you will stay within it.



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