After two months of confinement, France is slowly coming back to life. Since 11 May 2020, a gradual deconfinement has been announced by the government. During these two months, France has experienced a strong “slowdown” and the growth of our GDP has fallen sharply: more than 6 points according to the Banque de France.  Deconfinement is a new complex and strategic stage where we have to juggle between economic recovery and the threat of a second wave of the virus spreading.

A safe deconfinement, advice made by Ellcie Healhty

At work the others you will protect: According to the Medef, 400,000 companies have reopened since May 11th. Shops, florists, hairdressing salons and bookshops can now welcome new customers. However, certain rules have been put in place to guarantee everyone’s safety: social distancing, masks, hydroalcoholic gel… These rules also apply to the protection of employees. Work areas will have to be reorganized to minimize physical contact and ensure everyone’s safety. Of course teleworking is always recommended to limit contamination.

The way to school you will take : Since May 11th the schools have begun their gradual reopening.  What are the rules and difficulties? The difficulty is to deal with children or young adolescents who are not or hardly aware of the importance of barrier gestures. This is why it is necessary to be twice as vigilant and astute in order to limit contact as much as possible. To do this, the school starts in half classes, the teachers wear masks and the timetables are adjusted. At school, students learn to wash their hands more often, to keep a certain distance from their classmates or not to touch their faces. Back to school with a focus on prevention!

Happy hour 4.0 you will practice : A moment awaited by many French people: meeting your friends. But to maximize your safety here is what the government recommends: no (private) gathering of more than 10 people, no physical contact (kisses, handshakes) and social distancing of at least 1 meter. But that doesn’t stop you from having a good time with your friends and family.

Sport you will take up again : With an average of 2.5kg taken by the French during the last 2 months, it’s really time to take up sport again! The deconfinement now allows sports outings in the open air, and you’ll have to redouble your efforts to get your “Summer body”.

Do not forget the essential precautions: it is recommended to respect a minimum distance of 10 meters between two people for activities such as cycling and jogging and a sufficient physical distance of about 4m2 for outdoor activities such as tennis, yoga, fitness …. Be aware that swimming is still forbidden for the moment, so even if the good weather and the heat are pointing the tip of their nose, you still have to be a little patient.

Close to your home you will stay : now we can all go out of our homes for a walk, a sport activity or to meet our friends. However, a limit of 100 kilometres (as the crow flies) has been set, so think about it for your next excursion.

Actions put in place by the government

The French government, in its deconfinement strategy, has implemented several health actions to counter the evolution of the virus on the territory and slow down its spread as much as possible.

For the moment, the stop-Covid application is in test phase (suspended). It establishes a “tracing” from our smartphone and allows us to identify the chains of transmission in order to slow down the spread of new outbreaks as much as possible. An order for 1.5 billion masks has also been placed with China, in addition to our national production, which now stands at more than 8 million units. For deconfinement, the objective of 700,000 tests per week is almost reached. A system of drive screening has also been democratized in major French cities, enabling more than 30 people to be tested every day… An information card on the circulation of the virus in the various departments has also been set up. This card is updated daily by the DGS (Direction Générale de la Santé) in order to inform the population about the risks incurred in their department and to establish appropriate prevention.

While the figures are satisfactory with the number of people in resuscitation in constant recession, the threat of the virus is still looming. Barrier gestures and other measures are essential until a vaccine has been found (still several months of waiting are estimated), so for now let’s be responsible for our actions and take care of each other.