Tougher measures will be in place across France for at least four weeks in the fight against coronavirus. According to the government, the new rules formally went into effect at 7 p.m. Saturday – when the nationwide nighttime curfew begins. This has been in effect, with varying times, for months. In fact, however, the new rules will not come into effect until the end of the curfew on Sunday morning at 6:00 am.
In concrete terms, most stores are now closed throughout the country. In addition, restrictions on movement apply again. For example, walks or excursions are only permitted within a ten-kilometer radius of one’s home. People need valid reasons to travel further. Regional authorities have also been asked to ban alcohol consumption in public.
Most of the rules were already in place before in numerous areas hit hard by the virus – including the greater Paris area. Not much really changes for people in these places now. The Paris police prefecture has announced that 6,600 police officers will be deployed to monitor compliance. They are to ensure, for example, that no more than six people meet in public spaces. In addition, the sale of alcohol to go is now severely restricted in the greater Paris area. Many bars had recently resumed business by serving alcohol on the street. The establishments have been closed since October.
However, the new Corona measures are much more lax than the rules that applied during the lockdowns last spring and fall. Back then, passes were mandatory every time you walked out the door, and walks were limited to one hour per day within a one-mile radius. There was also no provision for multiple people to meet in the fresh air.
More than 400 people per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide recently contracted the corona virus within a week. France’s President Emmanuel Macron had announced the new rules in a TV address. He also prompted a school closure for about three weeks, the spring vacations in the country will be unified. The overseas territories are exempt.
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