Reader question: Can I get a take away during curfew in France?

Reader question: Can I get a take away during curfew in France?
Many closed restaurants are now offering a takeout service. Photo: AFP
With restaurants, bars, cafés, cinemas and theatres all shut the choices for a Saturday night are frankly quite limited in France at present. But can you still order yourself some nice takeout food under the new 6pm curfew?

Question: With the curfew now brought forward to 6pm can I still order takeaway after 6? And does going to collect it qualify as a reason for being out after curfew?

Since restaurants in France closed in October many have been offering a takeout service as a way to stay afloat.

The government has been supporting this and takeaway earnings on food and drink are not deducted from the state aid that restaurant and café owners can claim. It is also encouraging people to support their local restaurants by ordering food to go – so getting a takeaway is no longer lazy, it's an act of solidarity!

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But will this be put at risk as the 6pm curfew comes into force across mainland France from January 16th?

In short, no – deliveries to the home are still allowed and people are allowed to be outside after 6pm for the purposes of work – which includes delivery drivers.

However going out to collect a takeout is not a permitted reason to leave the home – so you will have to order your meal for delivery rather than for collection. 

For more on the rules of the 6pm curfew – click here.


Member comments

  1. “going out to collect a takeout is not a permitted reason to leave the home – so you will have to order your meal for delivery rather than for collection. “
    Yet again a decision that works in cities and ignores rural areas. Nobody offers delivery in the villages near us, just collection. So yet again we lose out.

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