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France is Locked Down with Fines From €38 – €135 For Being Out

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Written by Charlie

Due to the coronavirus, France is now locked down. With 100,000 police hitting the streets to enforce the lockdown, fines will start at €38 and go up to €135 for violations.

Countries in Europe continue to deal with escalating cases of the coronavirus. In an effort to keep it from spreading, some countries are taking big steps to control the movement of people. As of noon local time today (March 17), France is now locked down.

France Locked Down

As I wrote yesterday, Greece has shut many things down and has closed the beaches while instituting a 14 day quarantine for visitors. France, with many more cases of the coronavirus, is going beyond that. Like Spain and Italy, France has now entered a lock down situation for the country as well.

List of Approved Activities Outside

If you are a foreigner still in France, it is essential that you know what kind of movement is allowed outside. Here is a list from The Local:

  • To work, if your work is essential and cannot be done from home
  • To shop for essential items. Most shops in France are now closed but food shops, pharmacies and tabacs (tobacco shops) remain open
  • For medical appointments or other health-related reasons
  • For vital family reasons eg urgent care for children or the elderly. Simply visiting family is not a good enough reason to be out and the government has previously said that no-one should be visiting people aged over 70 or with serious health conditions except to provide vital assistance. Visiting is banned at all Ehpad retirement homes and care facilities
  • Physical exercise. Unlike Spain, where this is banned, trips outside the home to take exercise are still allowed. However there are some conditions – you have to go on your own and cannot play group sports. So going for a run alone is OK, going to play street football is not. If you have a dog, you are also allowed to walk it.

If anyone does plan on going out, they must have this form filled out – can be found here. It is said that the fines will start at €38 but can go up to €135 if people keep going out. France has 100,000 police out to enforce this lockdown.

There is a grace period on the form. Even though the lockdown started today, people will not need the form until tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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  • @ Charlie — Is it not crazy that tobacco is considered essential? Essential for what exactly, government tax revenue?

    • Yes, it is crazy! I have a friend in the Netherlands who said approved activity includes traveling to the local pot shops as well – so I would say that both are likely essential tax revenue locations. 🙂

  • For some people it is. Nicotine is an addiction and France is one country that still has alot of smokers. Pot on the other hand surprises me. As far as i know it doesn’t have the same addictive properties but maybe the government sees it as a way to help keep the population calm in these stressful times.

  • You mentioned running alone is allowed. What about running, hiking, or bike riding with your significant other or your child or perhaps a parent?