Can you tick more than one box on the attestation during France’s second lockdown?

Can you pop by the shop on your way back from a morning run, and, if so, how long do you have to do your groceries? Here's a look at the rules regarding the number of errands you can run at the time during France's second confinement.

Can you tick more than one box on the attestation during France's second lockdown?
A pedestrian walks past the closed terrace of Les Deux Magots cafe on boulevard Saint-Germain, on the fourth day of a lockdown aimed at containing the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Par

During lockdown this spring, the French government stressed that outings should be limited to once a day. That means that in theory you should not go grocery shopping on the same day that you went for a morning jog. 

This led to some confusion as to whether you had to choose between doing your groceries or going for a brief jog, or if on the contrary you could pop by the shop after your morning run. If so, would all of this need to be done within the hour in order to respect the time limit for outdoor physical exercise?

It’s confusing, so bear with us.

When contacted by French media in spring, the interior ministry confirmed that it was not prohibited to tick more than one box when leaving the home.

On the contrary, they told Le Parisien, grouping errands during outings was encouraged if it meant going out less.

If you pop to the shop after dropping the kids off at school, that is allowed. You can even pass by the pharmacy and the boulangerie on your way over there – just remember to tick the right boxes on your permission slip.

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If you combine a physical exercise outing with a shopping outing you also will not be bound by the 1 km, one hour-rule, as this only counts for individual physical exercise or walking the dog. Beware however that police officers frowned upon those whose “essential shopping” amounted to a carton of milk or some lemons during last confinement, so we would not encourage stretching the rules.

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It's worth adding that neither the attestation permission slip nor the interior ministry’s website specifically state that outings must be limited to one a day.

That said, the goal of the lockdown is to reduce the total number of people outside at the time as much as possible. 

How long lockdown lasts, and whether more severe measures are brought in, depends entirely on whether the pandemic can be brought under control in France – at present that is far from being the case, as health minister Olivier Véran warned over the weekend.


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  1. we had 2 boxes checked on our form in the spring and got hassled by the police and told we could not do it.

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French government votes to allow return of Covid tests at border

The French parliament has passed the controversial health bill which updates France's emergency provisions for Covid - and allows the return of negative Covid tests for all travellers at the border, if the health situation requires.

French government votes to allow return of Covid tests at border

The Loi sanitaire was eventually approved by the Assemblée nationale on Monday after several variations and amendments added on its passage through the Assemblée and the Senate. It was voted on and passed Tuesday, May 26th. 

The bill replaces the State of Health Emergency that has been in place since March 2020 and puts in place provision for government actions should the health situation deteriorate or a dangerous new variant of Covid emerge.

The original text had a provision for the return of the health pass at the border, but this has now been scrapped and instead the government has the right to make a negative Covid test a condition of entry for all travellers.

At present negative tests are required only for unvaccinated travellers, and the new test requirement would only be put into force if a dangerous new variant emerges.

The government will be able to implement the testing rule by decree for two months, but a further parliamentary debate would be required to extend it beyond that.

From August 1st the State of Health Emergency will be formally repealed, which means that the government no longer has the power to introduce major limits on personal freedom such as lockdowns or curfews without first having a debate in parliament.

The bill also allows for an extension of data collection required for the SI-DEP epidemic monitoring tools such as the contact tracing app Tous Anti Covid until June 30th, 2023 and Contact Covid until January 31st, 2023. 

The most controversial measure in the bill was the reinstatement of healthcare workers who were suspended for being unvaccinated – this actually only involves a couple of hundred people but medical unions and the medical regulator Haut Autorité de Santé (HAS) have both been against it.

However the bill allows for the eventual lifting of the requirement for Covid vaccination for healthcare workers, when the HAS judges it is no longer necessary and once the requirement is lifted, the suspended healthcare workers will be reinstated “immediately”.

The bill was approved on Monday evening with 184 votes to 149, the result of a joint committee that was able to harmonise the versions of the Assembly and the Senate.

The final vote passed the Senate on Tuesday.