Published on : Monday, May 18, 2020
The holidays in France may return in the month of July and August as the country starts easing their strict lockdown measures. Last Friday, the French officials called for self-restraint as the country prepares for its first weekend since the coronavirus lockdown was eased, warning that police would break up any large gatherings of people taking too much advantage of newfound freedoms.
However, in travel and tourism sector, only domestic travellers are expected to travel, with still no confirmed dates on when British tourists will be allowed back.
France currently has 178,870 cases of coronavirus, with 27,425 confirmed deaths – one of the worst hit countries in Europe between the UK, Spain and Italy.
The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told local media that the French people could begin to travel within the country during the summer months as the government plans to spend €18m (£15.9m) on tourism. He also said that the French people will be able to go on holiday to France in July and August. The tourism and hospitality sector is probably facing its worst time in modern history. Saving it is a national priority.
The country is still in lockdown after eight weeks, although shops and schools are beginning to reopen.
While the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower remain closed, smaller museums and attractions are starting to open – but Paris remains on full lockdown. The beaches are also opening in some regions, including, Finistère, La Baule and Pornichet in western France.
However, British holidaymakers are still left in the dark about when a holiday could be back on the menu. The United Kingdom government has denied that anyone coming from France will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine.