MAP: France now divided into green and orange zones for easing of restrictions

MAP: France now divided into green and orange zones for easing of restrictions
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Since May 11th, France has been divided into two zones - red and green - which determine how strict the lockdown rules are. But on Thursday the French PM unveiled a new map with the country divided into green and... orange zones.

The version of the map that has been in use since May 11th has large chunks of the country coloured red – showing that there is still a high level of virus circulation and pressure on hospitals.

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The map for phase 1 – May 11th to June 2nd. Map: Santé Publique France

But when the second version was unveiled on Thursday there was some very good news – all the red had disappeared from the map.

Instead the country was virtually all green, with only selected small areas in orange, a new addition to the map which means there is still cause for concern, but the situation has improved.

“Things are looking good, but not good enough to return everything back to normal,” said PM Edouard Philippe.

 

 

The map for phase 2 – June 2nd to June 22nd

The greater Paris Île-de-France region is coloured orange, as well as the two overseas départements of Mayotte and French Guiana.

Those areas showed higher rates of the virus and higher pressure on hospital intensive care beds.

Grand-Est – the worst hit region of France and the place where the epidemic began – has now moved to green along with the regions of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Hauts-de-France.

“We will particularly keep an eye on the situation in Île-de-France, French Guiana and Mayotte,” said Philippe.

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Detailing the differences between départements on the map, Health Minister Olivier Véran said Île-de-France was in a “particular” situation due to its “high circulation of the virus in certain départements” and continued pressure on hospitals.

“We have decided that decisions in Île-de-France should be taken on a regional level and not a départemental level,” Véran said, stressing that the situation would be followed closely in all of the country's départements.

“I repeat, being green does not mean the virus is gone,” the health minister said.

As with the previous map, the colour of the area where you live determines how strict lockdown rules are.

Here are the main difference.

Cafés, bars and restaurants – in green zones these can reopen completely but in orange zones only outdoor terraces can reopen

Schools – Primary and secondary schools can start to fully reopen from June 2nd across the country, but lycées (high schools) will only reopen in green zones.

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres – these can reopen on June 2nd in green zones and June 22nd in orange zones

Theatres, museums and tourist attractions – can reopen on June 2nd in green zones and June 22nd in orange zones.

Campsites – can reopen on June 2nd in green zones and June 22nd in orange zones


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