A derogatory certificate will be put in place during the curfew which comes into effect on October 17. It will be compulsory for trips in Île-de-France and in eight other metropolises during the restricted hours, but not for any reason.
You will no longer have the freedom to move around at certain times of the night, unless you have a good reason. It is the return to a mini-containment after the big restrictions of March, April and May 2020. Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday evening a curfew which aims to contain the spread of the coronavirus which has entered its second wave in France. From October 17 and for a period of 4 to 6 weeks, it is forbidden to drive between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Back to the reflexes of a few months ago. After the derogatory certificate during general confinement, then the employer certificate for public transport and the one required for trips over 100 km, an authorization will be required for traffic during the curfew. This measure currently concerns Île-de-France (including Paris), Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
Curfew certificate: for what reasons is it valid?
Prime Minister Jean Castex is to detail this Thursday the precise modalities of the curfew and the derogatory certificate. In the meantime, Emmanuel Macron has already mentioned the main lines during his intervention on TF1 and France 2. A priori, the certificate should be inspired by previous models. It will not be valid only for urgent journeys, in particular professional obligations and the emergencies.
“ÉObviously, for all those who come back from work after 9 pm, or who work at night and work later, there will be an authorization ”, said Emmanuel Macron. ” For those who have emergencies, for example health, there will be authorizations. (…) We will no longer go to restaurants, to party, to friends ”, he continued.
It is assumed that not all reasons for medical consultation will be allowed in a health emergency to avoid abuse. During the confinement of March April and May, only consultations and care that could not be provided remotely and could not be postponed were valid, or even consultations and care of patients with a long-term illness.
Where will I be able to download the derogatory certificate during the curfew?
The certificate of travel during the curfew should be available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior as on previous occasions. At the time of this writing, the page to download it is not yet in place. The document will be posted online by Friday, before the curfew goes into effect on Saturday, October 17.
For those who do not wish to print it on each trip, it should also be possible to present the certificate on a smartphone as it was a few months ago. A PDF document generated on your mobile phone can be verified by law enforcement by scanning a QR code without creating the contact.
Checks and a fine of up to € 1,500
Speaking of law enforcement, Emmanuel Macron also announced checks. The police and gendarmes will patrol all the towns concerned to enforce the curfew. Offenders will obviously be fined. The amount of the fine has not changed, it is 135 euros. In case of recurrence, it passes to 1500 €.
Curfew: you can go on All Saints holidays
If you have planned to go on holiday on All Saints’ Day, the curfew will not prevent you from doing so. Emmanuel Macron assured that there will be no restrictions. You can take the road, the train and move throughout France as long as you respect the recommendations already in force, including wearing a mask.
Finally, if you are going to Île-de-France, Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne or Toulouse, you must respect the curfew. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., you cannot go out without a valid reason. Outside these areas, it is still possible to go out for a walk after 9 p.m., to enjoy the bars and restaurants at late hours. As a reminder, the All Saints holidays also start on Saturday, October 17.