Under strong pressure to loosen the mood, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and his team will present Act II of Deconfinance in France this Thursday. Flexibilities, such as the opening of restaurants in the green zone from 2 June, can be announced.
Objective: revive economic activity. Following an initial release on May 11, the French government presents its plan for Act II of closure on Thursday, May 27. Flexibilities are expected from 2 June, given an encouraging health situation. The measures will be decided on Thursday morning in the Defense Council. All will be presented at 5 pm by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and several ministers.
According to a government source at AFP, the CEO plans to open hotels, cafes and restaurants in the green zone on June 2. On the other hand, in the red zone, and therefore in Paris, they could only open their doors again … on July 1st.
Another breath of fresh air: the opening of parks and gardens everywhere but with a mask in the red zone. The subject is the subject of an arms race in Paris between the government and Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo as urgent torments for their reopening.
The state of health is improved with a continuous reduction in the number of serious patients in intensive care. Since the beginning of March, the virus has killed 28,566 people, almost half of whom live in nursing homes and other facilities. “Virus circulation has largely decreased,” according to the initial conclusions of the Social Security Tracking Unit.
Mandatory mask in transport
Currently, four regions (Île-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est and Burgundy-Franche-Comté) and Mayotte are colored in red and their presidents are pushing to leave.
Parents are also waiting to know if 4th and 3rd grade, or even high school students, will be allowed to return to class and how the oral exam for the French bac will be organized.
When it comes to travel, the Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne indicated that the circle was set for the hour of 100 km when the crow flies “can increase concentrically”. But in public transport, wearing a mask will remain mandatory “as long as there is no treatment” against Covid-19, said Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Élisabeth Borne.
And sports clubs are also waiting for green light, while several neighboring countries have reopened pools, gyms and fitness clubs under certain conditions.
The urgency of the CEO is to revive the economic machine while 84% of French say they are worried about the recession which should largely exceed the – 8% planned by the government this year. In the second quarter alone, the fall in GDP could reach “about 20%”, after – 5.8% in the first, INSEE estimated on Wednesday.