This Thursday January 14, 2021 Jean Castex and his government announced new measures during a press brief. The Prime Minister and Health Minister were expected to address the reopening of bars and restaurants initially planned on January 20, as well as the extension of curfew pulled forward to 6 p.m. in France. The executive confirmed 6 p.m. curfew will be instated from Saturday January 16, 2021.
For several days already, the threat of a violent resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic has been lingering over Europe, as a new British variant has been identified in clusters in France. The Prime Minister widely detailed the governmental policy in terms of fighting against the Covid-19 epidemic.
As an introduction, the PM intended to remind that "the situation - compared with other European countries - is more than accepatble". Even though the epidemic situation is still "preoccupying", Jean Castex says so far the epidemic is "overall stable" in France. To sum up the situation, he said the epidemic wave was "under control compared with other European countries, but fragile given the virus keeps on actively spreading" in France.
Governmental statements as of Thursday January 14, 2021:
Covid: Castex confirms nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. in mainland France
This Thursday January 14, 2021, Prime Minister jean Castex announced nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. Starting from Saturday January 16, 2021 mainland France will have to comply with this new measure.
Covid: border controls made harder in France starting Monday, tests compulsory
Jean Castex once again addressed the situation on Thursday January 14, 2021 and announced new measures. The Prime Minister announced border controls will be made harder. Starting Monday January 18, travelers from a country outside the European Union will have to show a negative Covid test that is at least 72-hour old before boarding.
Museums, movie theaters, theaters: reopening to spread over time, extended aids
Movie theaters, theaters, museums have not been given a reopening date but extended aids. This is what has been announced this Thursday January 14, 2020 by Roselyne Bachelot during the government's press brief.