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“Freedom will be the rule and restriction the exception,” declared Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe when announcing the easing of domestic travel restrictions.

The majority of the mainland as well as the French West Indies and French Polynesia are considered ‘green’ which indicates continuing slowing of the virus. The Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, is considered orange which means the progression of the virus is slowing but cautionary measures are still needed.

As of June 2, there is no longer a restriction on domestic travel within France, plus all parks, gardens, beaches, lakes, museums, and monuments can reopen. All visitors are required to wear a mask and follow any other sanitary measures required by the institutions.

A few of the major tourist sites reopening include Chambord Château: June 5, 2020; Versailles: June 6, 2020; Musée d’ Orsay: June 23, 2020; Grand Palais: July 1, 2020; Pompidou Center: July 1, 2020; and the Louvre Museum: July 6, 2020. On June 25, the Eiffel Tower will open with only the stairs being used at first.

The popular Normandy Impressionist Festival 2020, originally scheduled from April 3 to September 6, is now being held July 4 to November 15, 2020. Nearly all exhibitions are presented in a way that respects the health of artists, both personal and public.

For a detailed list of what is reopening when in France, click here. For more updates on new protocols, visit Recommend’s Safe Travels page. Stories about future travel can be accessed at #AmazingDaysAhead.