The French Sports Ministry on Thursday released a plan for how restrictions on physical exercise will begin to be lifted in France on May 11th, the date the country begins to lift the lockdown.
The nationwide lockdown has imposed strict rules on physical exercise, limiting all outside activity to one hour maximum and within 1km of the home.
Cycling for exercise purposes has not been permitted since the lockdown began on March 17th, although cycling to work or the shops is still permitted.
In Paris jogging is not allowed between 10am and 7pm.
Starting May 11th, this will change, although as with everything there could be additional local restrictions.
Here's a look at what the government has in mind so far.
From May 11th
The general public will be able to run, walk and cycle outside again without having to limit themselves to one hour or staying 1km from their home. This will not require a permission form. There are some limits to the new rules:
- The sport must be practiced outside
- People must limit themselves to a distance of 100km from home
- All activity must be practiced at a distance of 10m from other people (this goes for individual exercise like jogging, cycling or hiking)
- For people practicing sports like tennis, yoga, or other outdoor fitness practices there must be at least four square metres per person
The sports ministry will release a more details soon regarding these practices.
All contact sports and team sports will however forbidden until further notice. The sports ministry will present a full list of all sports that will be concerned by this ban.
All activity must be done outside. Gyms and indoor sports pitches will remain closed in this period.
Locker rooms will need to remain closed in the event that they are made available for outdoor sports.
Starting May 11th, cyclists will be able to cycle for fun again. Photo: AFP
All these new measures will be subject to a reevaluation before June 2nd, which is the date the government has outlined for “phase 2,” the next phase of the lifting of the lockdown.
What happens in phase 2 depends on how phase 1 (May 11th to June 2nd) goes.
Professional athletes – will be able to resume training after a health check, but only individually and respecting the rules of social distancing listed above.
Professional sports clubs – The Prime Minister has said that professional sports cannot recommence before September at the earliest.
The sports ministry said it is working with local sports association to adapt health practices to fit with each sports discipline and different areas.