Deconfinement 3, phase 1: what changes on May 3, 2021


The long-awaited moment has finally arrived: deconfinement 3, which will gradually put an end to health measures, begins on Monday, May 3, 2021. However, there is no question for the government to reopen everything too quickly, which could cause a new pandemic phase. Deconfinement is therefore carried out in three theoretical stages …

Travel allowed, but beware of the curfew

This is the big change for the daily life of the French on May 3, 2021: the rediscovered freedom to be able to move. The first step of Deconfinement 3 in fact removes the travel limits during the day: no more 10 kilometers or 30 kilometers or even legitimate reasons to travel further. All French people can go everywhere… but not all the time!

Removal of the travel limit is nevertheless accompanied by the maintenance of the curfew at 7 p.m.: the authorization to move is therefore only valid from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and at that time you have to be at home. To leave after 7 p.m., as during Confinement 3, you must have a derogatory exit certificate and have a legitimate reason.

For the occasion, moreover, the Ministry of the Interior has once again changed the certificate. The news can be found here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement

Young people at school, parents working from home

As announced, young college and high school students will be able, like their nursery and primary counterparts the previous week, to meet their friends on the school benches. But not all … For colleges, it is the face-to-face that takes precedence except in 15 departments, the most affected by the pandemic, where the 4th and 3rd classes will only open in half-gauge. For high school students, the half-gauge will be the rule, everywhere in France.

But if the kids go back to school, their parents won’t see big changes in their daily lives: teleworking remains compulsory while the closing rules for places open to the public (non-essential stores, cultural venues, sports venues, etc.) are not changing.