COVID-19 Update on restrictions in France, Spain and the rest of Europe.

20th of July – Mask compulsory in all enclosed public places in France





10th of July 2020 – More easing of restrictions and strict monitoring

France has now moved to Stage 3 and has lifting the State of Emergency. Here is a list of what changes and what restrictions are still in place:
  • All public places are now opened with the exception of night clubs and events (festivals, concerts, etc) of more than 5,000 people.
  • Most public places request wearing masks and offer hydro-alcoolic gel at the entrance for people to desinfect their hands. This measure is to be made compulsory from 1st of August 2020.
  • Quarantine measures lifted with the UK. From 1st of July, people arriving from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay will no longer be subject to restrictions on the grounds of preventing risks linked to the COVID-19 epidemic when entering Metropolitan France.
  • A new flight schedule has been released offering many direct routes to Bordeaux for the summer: Routes confirmed to Biarritz  Routes confirmed from Bordeaux  
Spain has also moved to stage 3, with the exception of a few targeted areas in the NorthEast of the country reverted temporarily to stage 2 due to particularly worrying high levels of declared cases.

5th of June 2020 – Measures in France and Spain to ease restrictions

France has now moved to Stage 2. Here is a list of what changes and what restrictions are in place:
  • Travel restrictions lifted within France. Reopening of borders expected on 15th of June and has passed a law allowing it to impose quarantine on visitors from specific nations it deems necessary, with reciprocity a key factor.
  • Schools are reopening,
  • Cafes and restaurants can reopen in all areas of France. All venues must maintain a 1m gap between tables. Staff will wear masks and groups will be limited to 10 people;
  • Masks must be worned in all public transports and certains shops or busy streets;
  • Groups are still limited to a maximum of 10 people in public spaces;
  • Working from home is still recommended;
  • Parks and gardens have reopened.
  • Beaches and lakes are reopened.
  • Gyms and swimming pools have reopened in our region,
  • All museums and monuments are gradually reopening.
Spain will reopen to international tourism from July 1.

Authorities hope to allow holidaymakers from some low-risk countries to visit before that date, after a national state of emergency ends on June 21.

1st of May 2020 – The French government has announced plans to begin to relax the current lockdown

On Wednesday, we received some good news concerning outdoor sports. As part of this first phase the government will allow golf courses to reopen from 11th May. This is of course great for us, however there will be strict guidelines in place to ensure “safe golf”.

The French Federation of Golf (FFG) has already issued a booklet to the golf clubs detailing all the measures to be put in place for a reopening under the best possible sanitary conditions. This document is the result of work carried out by ffgolf, ADGF (Association of Golf Directors of France), GEGF (Grouping of French Golf Entrepreneurs), AGREF (French Association of Golf Course Maintenance Staff Golf), GFGA (Groupement Français des Golfs Associatifs) and PGA France.

French health authorities yesterday released a map showing the areas of the country that are the most affected by the virus. The map is set to serve as a reference when the country eases lockdown measures after May 11th and will be reviewed regularly. The government said “green zones” will be able to lift some restrictions more rapidly.

The South-West France is the least affected region which gives us hope that we’ll get back to some sort of normality by the summer : access to beaches, reopening of restaurants and bars.

Holiday accommodation is not currently under lockdown measures. A lot of hotels have decided to close during the confinement period due to the lack of clients. Holidays homes and apartments have stayed available. Most of them, particularly in our region, are scheduling to reopen in June with specific distancing measures.

On another note, the Bordeaux Wine Festival which was due to be held in June has been postponed to next year from 17th – 20th June 2021. This famous event was celebrating its 20th anniversary with over 600,000 visitors expected. Many of our clients have decided to reschedule. Have a look here!

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