Lunchtime News Friday 15th May 2020

France’s first weekend of freedom - This weekend marks the first weekend out of lockdown in France. So, what can you do this weekend?

While many activities can be enjoyed, precautions should at all times be taken to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Since Monday, we are no longer obliged to carry a travel certificate when leaving home, we must however remain within a radius of 100 kilometers. All the activities practiced must therefore be done as close as possible to home and not exceed this distance.

This weekend will certainly mark many reunions between families and friends. In public spaces, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. In private spaces, contrary to what had been announced, they are authorized but strongly discouraged.

While major museums and cinemas remain closed. Libraries and several small museums have reopened it is best to check online first.

The beginning of deconfinement also marked the reopening of shops. This weekend, it will therefore be possible to go shopping, while making sure hygiene measures in place are repsected.  

Several beaches closed since confinement have obtained authorization to reopen, notably those of La Baule, Pornichet and Sables-d'Olonne. Other beaches, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, via the Atlantic, should follow suit and reopen this weekend. It is therefore possible to walk, jog, swim or practice water sports.

It is of course forbidden to go hiking more than 100 km from your home and with more than 10 people. It is also advisable to favour the least frequented spaces. Hikers must also respect social distancing. Wearing a mask is compulsory before and after practice, but not recommended during.

Note that while in the green zones, the parks and gardens have been able to reopen, in the red zones they remain closed. It is therefore advisable to inquire online about the opening of certain sites before going there.

Testing in Monaco – Free Covid-19 serological testing for the population of Monaco and its workforce is to begin next week.

The screening campaign is free, paid for by the state and on a volunteer basis. Monaco’s population will be tested first with screenings for company employees in the Principality to follow.

For the attestation required and for more information go to

Prefect of the PACA region to replace Serge Telle as Minister of State in Monaco - It’s been reported that Pierre Dartout will be the next head of government in Monaco. The prefect of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region will replace Serge Telle, who has been in office since 2016, in early September.

The prefect Dartout should take office in early Se