LOCKDOWN IN PARIS  PHASE 3- Happier Parisians

By Jane Rosenstein

Outside terrace for eating and drinking
Rue Biot , Paris

As of June 9, 2021 Paris entered  phase 3  of the lockdown.

We here in Paris can now stay out until 11 p.m – the new curfew without any attestations (papers telling where we are going).

Restautants are open including the interiors but only at 50 % capacity and there is no service at the bar.  Wepler, a  well known restaurant near me, opened on June 9 th , but I did not see many people eating  there.  A lady who works at the restaurant told me that they are limited to 30% capacity. Tables are limited to 6 people.   Terraces outside for drinking and dining can be 100% full.

To attend large exhibitions or sports events with more than 1000 people  a PASS SANITAIRE (sanitary  pass) is required. To get the pass, one has to have had COVID 19,  a negative test result  or  proof or vaccine.  It can be downloaded and put on a smartphone or presented in paper.

At the movies and  in  theaters, masks must be worn and two places be left open between   two people who do not know each other. Theaters, movies and musems, gyms and swimming pools are limited to 65% capacity not 35% as previously required. They do not require any pass sanitaire. Some gyms requre a scan of an OR code for entering; oncerts.

People are happy to be able to stay out until 11 p.m., go to restaurants,  gyms and swimming pools  that were previousy closed .

Rue Biot, Paris



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  1. It’s not about being able to stay out as much as being able to eat properly. A good percentage of parisiens eat out either because they don’t have a kitchen or they don’t know how to maintain a kitchen, chez eux. And they are are not like North Americans who can grab food and eat it anywhere like on a bench or even in a car.

    Paris being my old home before I discovered “America”, I remember Le Wepler and its pricy seafood. The “30% capacity” is their newest excuse to hide the fact that people are unemployed and broke and a crustacĂ©s plate at 60 euros is not exactly something they can squeeze in their coming out of covid budget.

    When the restaurant is empty as you walk up to it and they ask you do you have a reservation, we know what it means ..lol. And it’s not a conspiracy, it’s a restaurateur at its best !

    • Bottom line; no matter how you slice, dice, flip or fry it, it’s always about the money on some level. (right here is where I’d throw in a couple of slick sounding French words, if I knew any) RSVP

    • Absolument ! And nothing is worse to come across nowadays than a restaurant owner who has been reaching into his savings for the past year and a half, if he or she had any, to bridge the gap. Now they are back with a vengeance.
      Many of them who didn’t have a pot to piss in went out of business but the smart ones switch to catering as in delivery.

    • Yes, I’m sure many people were rudely awakened by covid to find it really is a jungle out there.

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