list of essential stores or not

OPEN OR CLOSED STORES – During this new confinement from October 30 to December 1, 2020 in France, businesses deemed “non-essential” close their doors such as restaurants, hairdressers or clothing stores. But there are exceptions to the spring containment in the face of the coronavirus. Here is the list of stores open or closed during the reconfinement.

[Mis à jour le 29 octobre 2020 à 20h03] A national lockdown comes into effect from Friday, October 30 until December 1, 2020, at a minimum. “Shops (…), establishments open to the public, in particular bars and restaurants, will be closed”, declared the President of the Republic during his address to the News at 8 pm Wednesday. The decree of March 15, 2020, which had already entered into force during the confinement of this spring, recalls the list of businesses that can remain open and those that must remain closed, because defined as not essential to the life of the Nation.

However, compared to the containment of last spring, “some adjustments” have been made, asthe counters of public services “which” will remain open“. Also, “the covered and open air markets will be open,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed on RTL this Thursday morning, as well as the parks and gardens, forests and beaches.. The florists will unfortunately close but will still be open this weekend for All Saints.

The Head of State also announced a reassessment of the device every two weeks: “If within a fortnight we have better control of the situation, then we will be able to reassess things and hope to open certain businesses, especially in this period if important before the Christmas holidays “, he announced during his address to the 8 pm newscast. Discover, below, the complete list of establishments open or closed during this second confinement:

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In essential businesses that remain open in France, strict specifications are imposed on all traders to limit the number of customers. Wearing a mask is compulsory for staff and customers as is physical distancing. Discover the list of stores and businesses open, with in bold the news compared to the confinement of last spring:

  • Mini-markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Hypermarkets
  • Outdoor markets and covered halls authorized unless refused by the mayor or prefect for security reasons.
  • General food store
  • Frozen food store
  • Primeurs
  • Butchers
  • Poissonniers
  • Bakers
  • Pastry chefs
  • Wine merchants
  • Other stores specializing in food retail
  • Food distributions provided by charities
  • Newspaper vendors
  • Papeteries
  • University libraries open by appointment
  • Tobacconists
  • Pharmacies
  • Opticians
  • Medical and orthopedic stores
  • Pet stores
  • Laundry-dyer
  • Laundromat
  • Pressings
  • Garden centers
  • Stations-service
  • Car garages
  • Vehicle and equipment rentals
  • Motorcycle and bicycle shops
  • Stores needed for farms
  • Computer equipment stores
  • Trade in computers, peripheral units and software
  • Trade in telecommunications equipment
  • Building supplies, hardware, paint and glass stores
  • ATMs and other non-store retail businesses
  • Bookstores and record stores (only for click & collect)
  • Funeral services
  • Cemeteries
  • Parks and gardens
  • Forests and beaches
  • Post offices
  • Interim agencies
  • Employment center
  • CAF
  • Tax counters
  • Town hall counters
  • Design offices for industrial sectors
  • Nurseries, schools (schools, colleges and high schools) and extracurricular establishments
  • Places of worship (but religious ceremonies prohibited except for burials within the limit of 30 people and weddings within the limit of 6 people)
  • Commissariats
  • Prefectures
  • Banks and insurance
  • Hotels and short-term accommodation when they constitute a regular domicile for the people who live there.
  • Campsites and parks for caravans or leisure vehicles when they constitute a regular domicile for the people who live there.

All businesses which are not “essential” to the life of the Nation, as defined by the decree, are closed. “These are extremely difficult measures. We were hoping that the French could go one or two hours a day in non-food shops,” regretted the director general of the Federation of Commerce and Distribution. The Head of State has advanced support of up to 10,000 euros per month for the loss of turnover of these establishments. Check out the list below:

  • Cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Shopping centers of more than 40,000 m² in Île-de-France and possibly in certain regions depending on the prefects who decide to open only the food sections.
  • Hair salons
  • Florists (except the weekend of All Saints)
  • Clothing signs
  • Toy stores
  • DIY stores
  • Watchmakers
  • Jewelers
  • Wholesale businesses
  • Driving schools (but exams are possible)
  • Swimming pools
  • Gyms
  • Sports halls
  • Night clubs and discos
  • Games rooms
  • Stadiums
  • Hippodromes
  • Cinemas
  • Leisure parks
  • Media libraries and libraries
  • The performance halls
  • Theaters
  • Museums
  • Leisure campsites
  • The monuments
  • Concert halls and multipurpose halls
  • Hotels, guesthouses and tourist residences
  • Universities and higher education institutions

The list of shops open or closed during this second confinement is for the moment defined by the order of the Ministry of Health published in the Official Journal on March 15, supplementing the order of March 14. This decree prevails to judge which trade is defined as “essential” or “non-essential” to the life of the Nation. However, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron specified on Wednesday October 28 that “every fortnight”, an update will be made on the evolution of the epidemic and the government will decide, “if necessary, on additional measures”. “And we will evolve then if we can alleviate certain constraints, in particular on businesses,” he said.


In this decree, it is stipulated in particular that “it is necessary to close places welcoming the public not essential to the life of the Nation such as cinemas, bars or nightclubs; that the same applies to shops in with the exception of those of an essential nature such as food shops, pharmacies, banks, service stations or press distribution; that given their contribution to the life of the Nation, public services will remain open including those providing transport services “.

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