President Emmanuel Macron in his speech on Wednesday, March 31, announced new restrictive measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. And the president had previously mentioned the reopening of the country at the end of these 4 weeks of confinement.
“From mid-May, we will resume opening certain places of cultivation with strict rules, we will authorize the opening of terraces under conditions and we will build between mid-May and the beginning of summer, a reopening schedule. progressive for culture, sport, leisure, events and our cafes and restaurants,” he said.
A reopening that will allow the “pincers” combining the impact of vaccination and “the efforts of April” in the face of Covid-19. Among these “efforts” President Macron announced on Wednesday that, nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will close on Friday for 3 weeks, including 2 of holidays and the “reinforced restrictions” already existing in 19 departments will be extended to the entire metropolitan territory from Saturday night.
The world of culture has been at a standstill since October 30, when the second confinement resulted in the closure of all performance venues – already widely tested by a complicated 2020. Since then, if theatre, dance or stand-up rehearsals are authorized (in the same way as film shoots), the 1.3 million jobs in the culture sector have progressed without horizon.
While a reopening of museums and monuments as a priority had for a time been mentioned, the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot – hospitalized since March 24 after having tested positive for Covid-19 – had finally declared to campaign “for a global opening” of all the places of culture on the same date, but without indicating a calendar for the time.
The words of Emmanuel Macron, who evokes the reopening of “certain places of culture” then “a timetable for gradual reopening”, however, suggest that the idea of a global opening is no longer on the agenda.