The French government, which took action to lift the french economy as soon as possible, paved the way for the start of all economic activities in the country from 2 June. In the country where the unemployment rate is booming, parks and gardens, shopping malls, beaches, high schools, cafes, bars and restaurants will be opened for life to return to normal and to prepare for the holiday season.
Travel ban within the country will be lifted. The external borders will remain closed until June 15. A joint decision will be taken on June 15 to open the EU borders.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said at a press conference at the Elysee Palace, chaired by President Emmanuel Macron, after a security summit with relevant ministers and scientists, they will open the country entirely from 2 June.
Stating that the numbers regarding the fight against the Corona virus have yielded positive results than they expected, Philippe stated that the “red alarm” situation in the whole country has come to an end, and only in Paris and its surroundings the measures will be kept a little tighter. “We are aiming to return to normal in the country as soon as possible by continuing to pay attention to hygiene measures without letting the measure go away. Freedom will be a rule again on June 2,” he said.
What does the Return to Normal Plan bring?
According to the “Return to Second Nominal Plan” announced by Philippe and to be implemented until June 22, parks and gardens, secondary and high schools, shopping malls, bars, cafes and restaurants will be opened throughout the country.
- Social life : Bars, cafes and restaurants will be opened all over the country from 2 June. Restaurants in and around Paris will be able to serve not only inside the building, but also outside or on the terraces. There will be a distance of at least 1 meter between each table. Service workers will wear mandatory masks. Apart from the moment of eating, customers will also wear a mask when they get off the table. The ban on gathering more than 10 people across the country will continue. Meetings such as weddings and celebrations will continue to be banned for a while.
- Tourism : 100 km on intense pressure from the tourism sector. Travel ban restricted by will be completely abolished, the French will be able to travel within the borders of the country. However, the ban on traveling outside France will be implemented until June 15. All museums and historical sites will also be open to visitors from 2 June. Beaches, lakes, pools and sports halls will also be operational again, provided that special hygiene measures are taken. Paris Orly Airport, where mostly domestic flights are made, will open on June 26.
- Education : All schools, except Paris and its suburbs, will be open during June, at least a few days a week. There will be a maximum of 15 students per class, and schools will continue to comply with social distance and hygiene boards. There will be 1 meter distance between each row. High school final exams will not be held this year.
After the government has implemented this plan by June 22, it will reconsider its decision based on the speed at which the Corona virus spreads.
“We do not have any scientific data that the virus has begun to disappear yet. Therefore, we will continue to be cautious. There is a possibility that it will come again. Some assumptions that we cannot neglect are in this direction. Therefore, we will not completely dispose of the measure,” said Minister of Health Olivier Veran, who attended the press conference.
Historical boom in unemployment in France
The Corona virus crisis led to an unprecedented employment crisis in the history of France. In France, where economic life ceased almost entirely due to the crisis, the unemployment rate increased by 22.6 percent compared to March, when the crisis broke out. With 843 thousand new unemployed who entered in April, the total unemployment rose to 4 million 575 thousand.
In the French economy, the number of job seekers identified as “A category” and not working in any workplace recorded the biggest increase in March with 843 thousand new entries. According to the unemployment figures announced by the Ministry of Labor Statistics Department, an increase of 22.6 percent in April represents a ‘historic explosion’. This figure was recorded as the highest record since the establishment of the Statistics unit in 1996.