CURFEW. As of June 9, the curfew will change to 11 p.m. throughout the territory. What are the rules? Will a new certificate be online? The answers.
[Mis à jour le 1er juin 2021 à 15h20] In a few days, on June 9 to be precise, France will enter its third and penultimate phase of deconfinement. On this date, the curfew, installed at 9 p.m. since May 19, will change to 11 p.m. Thanks to the two extra hours, restaurant terraces and rooms which will open at 50% will be able to provide a second service. Cinemas may also offer a later screening. However, the rules are the same. If at 11 p.m. you are outside without a valid reason, the police may impose a fixed fine of 135 euros.
Here is what should also be remembered about the current phase of deconfinement:
- Reopening of cinemas, museums, theaters and libraries with a gauge of 8m2 per person
- Reopening of sports halls with an 8m2 gauge
- All stores reopen with 8m2 for each customer
- Full festivals are allowed, with a gauge set at 35% up to 1,000 people
- Reopening of the stadiums
- All the details can be found on our article explaining the stages of deconfinement
All the practical information
From December 15 to January 16, the curfew was in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Then from January 16 to March 20, it went from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. These times were changed again on March 21 (7 p.m. – 6 a.m.).
The start of the curfew will be pushed back to 11 p.m. from June 9. This new feature will be accompanied this time by the reopening of indoor rooms of bars and restaurants (with tables of six maximum), as well as sports halls. The teleworking rules will also be relaxed from this date.
Finally, the curfew will leave the daily life of the French as of June 30, with the complete lifting of this restriction. In all, the curfew will have lasted eight months by this date.
The country is subject to the curfew rule in order to best control the coronavirus epidemic. During the curfew, it is forbidden to leave your home, to be in public space. Of course, there are exemptions, all of which are mentioned on the exemption certificate.
Here are the exits authorized during curfew hours (and which must be justified by the certificate):
- Return to and from his place of work if it is night work or requiring a return home after 8 p.m. (or a business trip that cannot be postponed)
- Compelling family reasons, for assistance to vulnerable and precarious people, in particular people with disabilities or for childcare
- Medical reasons: going to the hospital, appointments for examinations and care that cannot be provided remotely and purchase of medication
- Participation in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority (marauding associations for the fight against poverty or distribution of food aid at home, for example)
- Help for people with disabilities and their companions
- Walk a pet around its home
Despite the end of confinement, a travel certificate is still in effect during the curfew. This document is necessary for any exit provided for in the derogatory grounds.
The rules are the same as for confinement: a fine of 135 euros can be imposed in the event of non-compliance with the measures introduced. “And if there was ever to be reiteration, that is to say if, after three times, […] a sentence of 6 months of imprisonment is possible as well as a 3750 euros fine “, had specified the Minister of the Interior during the first curfew.
The fine for contravention may be imposed by: agents of the national police and the municipal police; the gendarmes; agents of the city of Paris; the rural guards. It is possible to contest the contravention, deadlines must be respected: 45 days from the date of sending of the notice of contravention; 30 days from the sending of the notice of increased fixed fine.