The French towns and suburbs subject to new weekend lockdown

A total of 63 towns and suburbs along the French Riviera, including Nice and Cannes are subject to a new weekend lockdown from Saturday, as well as the northern city of Dunkirk and its suburbs. Here is the full list of municipalities where the lockdown applies.

The French towns and suburbs subject to new weekend lockdown

Nice and the French Riviera

Authorities in the south-eastern French département of Alpes-Maritimes announced on Monday that a new weekend lockdown would be imposed in urban areas along the coast including Nice – France’s fifth largest city.

The weekend lockdown, brought in due to rising Covid-19 infections and overrun hospital wards, means inhabitants will be confined to their homes and only permitted to leave for various essential reasons such as grocery shopping, exercise or medical appointments.

Prefect Bernard Gonzalez said the urban coastal area from Théoule-sur-Mer in the west to Menton on the Italian border would be subject to the lockdown that will initially be imposed for the next two weekends. 

Later on Monday local newspaper Nice Matin published a list of the 63 communes covered by the new restrictions.

READ ALSO: Nice and parts of French Riviera impose weekend lockdown as Covid cases soar

Here’s the complete list:

  • Antibes
  • Aspremont
  • Auribeau-sur-Siagne
  • Le Bar-sur-loup
  • Beaulieu-sur-mer
  • Beausoleil
  • Berre-les-Alpes
  • Biot
  • Blausasc
  • Cabris
  • Cagnes-sur-mer
  • Cannes
  • Le Cannet
  • Cantaron
  • Cap d’Ail
  • Carros
  • Castagniers
  • Castellar
  • Chateauneuf-Grasse
  • Châteauneuf-Villevieille
  • La Colle-sur-loup
  • Colomars
  • Contes
  • Drap
  • Eze
  • Falicon
  • Gattières
  • La Gaude
  • Gorbio
  • Gourdon
  • Grasse
  • Mandelieu-la-Napoule
  • Menton
  • Mouans-Sartoux
  • Mougins
  • Nice
  • Opio
  • Pégomas
  • Peillon
  • Peille
  • Peymenade
  • Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • Roquefort-les-pins
  • La Roquette-sur-Siagne
  • Le Rouret
  • Sainte-Agnès
  • Saint-André-de-la-Roche
  • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  • Saint-Jeannet
  • Saint-Laurent-du-Var
  • Saint-Paul de Vence
  • Spéracédès
  • Théoule-sur-mer
  • Le Tignet
  • Tourrette-Levens
  • Tourrettes-sur-loup
  • La Trinité
  • La Turbie
  • Valbonne
  • Vallauris
  • Vence
  • Villefranche-sur-mer
  • Villeneuve-Loubet


The northern city of Dunkirk and the surrounding areas, where the more contagious UK Covid-19 variant has been gaining ground, is also under a weekend lockdown from Saturday.

In total 250,000 residents are subject to the curfew in the 57 different communes around Dunkirk in the Nord département.

Twenty départements in France have been placed on “heightened surveillance” with the threat of extra health restrictions including weekend lockdowns as Covid virus numbers rise, the French PM announced Thursday.

READ ALSO: 20 areas of France put on alert for extra restrictions including weekend lockdowns

Member comments

  1. Wow. I didn’t realise that these viruses in France were so evolved and intelligent. Not only do they only come out at night but now also only come out to play at weekends in certain areas.

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Where in France do you still need a face mask?

In France, masks will no longer be required on indoor transport as of Monday, May 16th. Here are rules and recommendations that are still in place:

Where in France do you still need a face mask?

Members of the public in France have been asked to wear face masks for the most part of two years, at times even outside in the street.

Since March 14th, 2022, the facial coverings have no longer been mandatory in most establishments such as shops, and as of Monday, May 16th, it will no longer be mandatory on indoor public transport. 

As of May 16th, you will therefore no longer be required to wear a mask in the following transports:

  • Buses and coaches
  • Subways and streetcars
  • RER and TER
  • TGV and interregional lines
  • Taxis

Regarding airplanes whether or not you must wear a mask is a bit more complicated.

On Wednesday, May 11th, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that from May 16th onward it would no longer be required to wear a mask in airports and on board aircraft in the European Union. However, Germany has stated that it does not have the intention of lifting its requirement of wearing a mask on its airlines – this would include the Lufthansa airline. Thus, it will be necessary for passengers to still very to rules each airline has in place, which could be the case when travelling to a country that still has indoor mask requirements in place.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky specified that vulnerable people should continue to wear masks, and that “a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, to reassure those seated nearby.”

Masks still obligatory in medical settings

However, it will still be mandatory for caregivers, patients and visitors in health care facilities, specifically including hospitals, pharmacies, medical laboratories, retirement homes, and establishments for the disabled. 

For people who are vulnerable either due to their age or their status as immunocompromised, wearing a mask will continue to be recommended, though not required, particularly for enclosed spaces and in large gatherings.

Masks are also still recommended for people who test positive, people who might have come in contact with Covid-19, symptomatic people and healthcare professionals.

Will masks come back?

It is possible. French Health Minister Olivier Véran does not exclude the return of mandatory mask-wearing, should the health situation require it.

What are the other Covid-19 restrictions that remain in place?

The primary restriction that has not changed is the French government’s regulation for testing positive: If you are unvaccinated and test positive, isolation is still required for 10 days, if you are vaccinated, this requirement is seven days. Isolation can be reduced from 10 to 7 days or from 7 to 5 days if a negative covid test is performed, and symptoms are no longer present.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: What Covid restrictions remain in place in France?

The French Health Ministry still recommends following sanitary measures such as: wearing a mask in places where it is still mandatory, hand washing, regular ventilation of rooms, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and using a single-use handkerchief (tissue).