This Thursday February 4, 2021 Jean Castex and his government returned on the new measures made this past Friday during a press brief: closing major shopping malls, reinforcing gauge in stores, reinforcing remote working, closing borders to non-EU countries.
As an introduction, the PM reminded the situation in France remains "particularly fragile and preoccupying" but stands out from the situation in the neighboring countries with "stable data", "one of the lowest rates in Europe", and the spread of the virus has not "particularly increased over the past couple of weeks".
Hailing the health workforce and the "greatest care from the French", Castex also ruled out the idea of a new lockdown in the coming days claiming: "to date, the situation does not justify a lockdown. [...] We know the economica, human, and sanitary cost of a new lockdown, as well as the psychological and social risks topping it. [...] A new lockdown can only be considered as a last resort".
Yet, the current restrictions are "kept for facilities closed. [...] Current times dictate maximum compliace with the common rules" the PM stated.
Governmental statements as of Thursday February 4, 2021: