With the deconfinement plan announced by Emmanuel Macron this Thursday, sport should gradually regain freedom. A three-phase and progressive plan. Explanations.
Could it be a perfume of normality that would perfume sports halls, stadiums, swimming pools, fields? With the announcement of the deconfinement plan this Thursday by Emmanuel Macron, sport in France should find more freedom, whether for personal practice or to attend sporting events.
First key date: Wednesday, May 19. From that day, minors will be allowed to play sports in the covered places, something prohibited for everyone again this Friday. They will obviously have to submit to a strict health protocol, the details of which will be revealed in the coming days. Adults, for their part, will still have to be content with having to exercise outside, without contact. However, this May 19 will mark the return of the public to the outdoor or covered enclosures. Indoors, the gauge will be limited to 800 people while it will be 1000 for outdoor events. The health pass should not be required.
Then, it is on Wednesday June 9 that France will enter phase 2 of the deconfinement plan. From that date, all French people should be able to practice indoor physical activity again, and no longer just minors. This means that the sports halls, closed since October 2020, will be able to reopen their doors and welcome customers. Be careful though: there is no question of playing basketball, volleyball or any other indoor contact sport, it should be a solitary and isolated practice. It should be possible to exercise these collective activities outdoors from June 9. It will therefore be the big comeback of outdoor team sports. At the level of the public, the gauge should be increased compared to that of the first phase. Finally, the third and last step, that of June 30, should be the date of return to normal. Any activity will be practicable, whether indoors or outdoors, alone or in a group.
Conditions adapted according to the importance of the event?
Even if the public will be able to return to the aisles, the conditions and reception capacities are still a little unclear, especially concerning major events. If we stick to the plan, the final of the Coupe de France (May 19) should be able to be played in front of 1000 people at the Stade de France. Keep in mind that the 9 p.m. curfew will be in effect until June 9. The French Football Federation (FFF) will therefore begin discussions with the prefecture to be able to grant exemptions to 1,000 spectators.
The government could also adapt their measures according to the importance of the event. Thus, it would not be impossible that the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Castellet (Var), on June 27, and Roland-Garros (May 24 to June 13), are subject to more flexible and specific restrictions even if the health pass (PCR test of less than 72 hours or vaccine) should be mandatory to have the chance to attend these sporting events.