France is living its first day on Monday without some of the measures the government took more than 50 days ago to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Queues in some shops and a more busy traffic system than in the past few days have marked this gradual reopening of economic and social activities.
From this Monday, citizens can leave their homes freely – without submitting a permit – with the only limit that they are not allowed to move more than 100 kilometers. Most stores have been reopened and work in offices that were previously closed or dependent on telework.
However, special conditions have been created in some regions of the country as they are the main centers of a pandemic that has killed more than 26,000 people in France. The measures were particularly stringent in the Paris metropolitan area, where those who use transportation during rush hour have to present a working document or claim force majeure.
The French authorities have also laid down the obligation to wear masks for people over the age of 11 in public transport. Persons who violate this regulation will be fined 135 euros.