French and Riviera News Monday 11th May 2020

Lockdown lifted - After 55 days of lockdown France today, will begin a progressive end to the lockdown. Those unable to return to work will continue to work from home, employers are obliged to have put in place the necessary health measures to make sure no employees are putting themselves at risk.

France has adopted a colour coded map to classify each region, red regions are the worst hit by the coronavirus.

While nursery school children will be welcomed back for those parents that wish to send them in “green” regions along with the reopening of parks. The four regions which remain red in France will have to wait before parks and schools are reopened.

The attestation to circulate will no longer be required. Shops and shopping centres are to reopen respecting social distancing and the 100km restriction will be put in place over the next couple of days.

Masks are strongly advised and will be compulsory in many shops and supermarkets as well as on public transport. Those working in the Paris region will be required to have an attestation from their employer in order to access public transport.

The decision by the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi to make wearing a mask when outside, obligatory between 8am and 8pm, has been challenged by the league for human rights on Sunday. The municipal decree dated May 7th states that people over the age of 11 are liable to a fine of 35 euros.

Train service - Meanwhile the SNCF has announced that three out of four trains will be running on the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur network during peak hours.

Restricted to 15% of normal traffic during lockdown, regional train traffic is expected to reach the rate of three out of four trains during rush hour, and one train out of two on average across the network.

SNCF ensures that all the trains will be disinfected at least once a day that specific signage has been put in place at the station and on board the trains, and that only large capacity trains will circulate, all in order to allow reasonable distances between each passenger to be respected.

Passengers are able to consult train timetables on the SNCF website or on the mobile application.

The running capacity will be gradually increased: from May 25th.

Coronavirus cases – There was one new case of coronavirus reported in the Principality at the weekend. The number of cases stands at 96 with 82 people having recovered, and 1 person remains in intensive care at the Princess Grace Hospital.

Official figures have reported that in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region the coronavirus has claimed 773 since 28th February. 

Meanwhile France’s, Ministry of Health confirmed o