New restrictions from Saturday 3rd April 2021

In his televised address to the nation, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday 31st March that new restrictions were necessary to fight the rising numbers of Covid 19 cases.

The current situation

Statistics taken from the government website for 01/04/2021

  • Bed occupancy in intensive care 101%
  • R rate 1.19
  • Over 50 000 new cases identified
  • Over 2000 new hospitalisations each day
  • Almost 500 new patients in ICU each day
  • 8.5 million people have received the first vaccination

Key info on restrictions

The restrictions currently in force in 19 departements will be extended to the whole of mainland France, from 7pm on Saturday 3rd April, and for a period of 4 weeks.

Inter-regional travel is tolerated over the Easter weekend, including Monday 5th, but only for people to get to an address where they will then respect the confinement rules.

Daytime travel must be limited to 10km, inlcuding for sport and leisure. Any travel over 10km will require a completed attestation. Travel under 10km will not require an attestation but you must carry proof of address with you at all times.

You are permitted to travel up to 30km to do your shopping but not for sporting reasons.

The curfew (7pm – 6am) remains in place across France, meaning that any travel between these times will require an attestation, regardless of distance.

Non-compliance with the above rules will result in a fine of €135 and up to €3750 in the event of a repeat offence.

French nationals will be able to return to France and cross-border workers will be able to continue their activity.

All schools will close for a period of 3 weeks. The week from 6th – 9th April will be done online and then all students across France will take their spingtime holidays together. That means that, for our region, the planned holidays are moved forward by a week; from 17th April to 10th April.

The planned reopening of schools is the 26th of April, but collèges and lycées will continue classes online until 3rd May.


  • No attestation needed
  • No time limit (between 6am and 7pm)
  • Groups of max. 6 people outside
  • Carry proof of address


  • To do your shopping
  • To take/collect children from school
  • To go to a place of worship
  • Attestation required

Over 30km

The reasons that have always been on the attestations:

  • Professional activity, education and training when this can’t be done online
  • Health consultations and appointments
  • Compelling family reasons / help for the vulnerable
  • Travel for the disabled and their carers
  • Judicial or administrative summons
  • Moving house
  • Transit from airports and train stations


1,700 vaccination centres are open and administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to citizens and residents over the age of 70.

250,000 health professionals have been called on (GPs, pharmacies, etc.) to administer the AstraZeneca and soon the Johnson & Johnson vaccines (500,000 doses are expected by the end of April).

The Assurance Maladie is seeking to call anyone over the age of 75 who has not yet been vaccinated to facilitate their access to vaccination, and the government is also setting up a dedicated telephone number for these people to make an appointment.

The next steps in the vaccination strategy are:

  • From 16th April- opening to people aged between 60 and 70 (10 million people vaccinated by mid-April)
  • From 15 May- opening to people aged between 50 and 60 (20 million people vaccinated by mid-May)
  • From mid-June- opening to all French people under 50 (30 million people vaccinated by mid-June)
  • By the end of the summer, all French people over 18 who wish to be vaccinated


There are now different attestations for the different circumstances.

Access the online/smartphone version here : fill in the usual personal information and then select ‘couvre feu’ for curfew or ‘journée’ for daytime travel over 30km.

Access the paper versions here : English versions are available for ‘couvre feu’ (curfew) and ‘mesures renforcées’ (daytime travel over 30km). The ‘déplacement professionnel’ (professional travel) and ‘déplacement scolaire’ (school travel) attestations are only available in French.

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