Covid-19: Christmas and New Year’s Eve to be celebrated during lockdown?

Published by Elodie D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 8 November 2020 at 17h42 · Updated on 9 November 2020 at 15h26
Celebrating Christmas during lockdown? The threat is here, as lockdown is said to last at least until December 1 in France. This Sunday November 8, Gabriel Attal reminded that “if we are making difficult decisions today, it is to celebrate Christmas with our families”. As for the Ministry of the Economy, they are planning lockdown until the end of the year. Here is more on the matter.

A detail noticed by a senator this Thursday November 5, during a work session, the 4th amending finance law in 2020 includes lockdown to last until the end of the year. It did not need more for people to wonder: is the government trying to hide their decision to senators and the French people?

Answer from the interviewed minister, Olivier DUSSOPT, “it is about leaving the possibility to the State to face the worst hypothesis, even though we do not want it”. But this weekend, ministers did not wish to address the possibility to celebrate Christmas with one’s family.

This Sunday November 8, on Questions Politiques, Health Minister Olivier Véran spoke about a “quite special Christmas”. Asked about the possibility to celebrate in private, he answers: “I really wish so, but you’ll never see me make prognoses. Anyway, we know we’ll have to comply with health guidelines and this Christmas will be quite special”.

As for government’s spokesperson Gabriel Attal, he said the government “wants French to celebrate Christmas as normally as possible”. He adds: “if we are making difficult decisions today, it is to celebrate Christmas with our families”.

During this interview, the spokesperson confirmed it is “out of the question elderly people to be self-isolating”. He also spoke about a meeting between the government and representatives for storekeepers, seriously impacted by the crisis.

The latter have been requiring the reopening of stores starting November 12 in the JDD, or ban the online sale of non-necessary products.

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