The coronavirus epidemic is resurging in France, and the second wave, like the first wave of the health crisis hit Île-de-France and especially Paris. As Covid-19 is exponentially spreading and the French capital and the inner suburbs of Paris are on maximum alert, new restrictions were expected for the last couple of days.
This Wednesday October 14, 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron announced curfew will be set starting from Saturday October 17 at midnight. The curfew applies to Paris and the entire Ile-de-France from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m for at least 4 weeks, since Saturday October 17, 2020.
"We shall curb the spread of the virus to protect the others, the oldest, the most precarious; we shall protect our health system and our caregivers. We are all bond together. These 20,000 new cases a day will have to be brough back to the 3000/4000 cases we can manage. It would be disproportionate to reconfine the country; we shall reduce private contacts that are the most dangerous with people who are not in our family circle" Emmanuel Macron said.
"Curfew is then a relevant measure. We experienced its success in French Guiana. This curfew measure will be applied to the Ile-de-France region where the virus is very active and 8 other big cities: Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. It will start this Saturday at midnight and last four weeks. We will soon go to the Parliament to try and extend it to December 1."
"If for 6 weeks we can keep the curfew up, we think we can progressively reopen closed places. 6 weeks is the time period that seems useful. The goal is to be able to keep on having an economic life, that our citizesn can keep on having a normal life, working, while reducing asperities".
Even though it usually requires two weeks to assess the effectiveness of these new restrictions. But according to a RTL source, the French government is considereing reinforcing this measure by making curfew start earlier, at 7 p.m. in all cities concerned including Paris and Île-de-France. On Thursday October 22, 2020's press brief, Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed that according to the observations on the evolution of the epidemic, curfew could be made harsher by next week.
Coronavirus: towards tougher curfew, brought forward to 7 p.m. and extended to the entire France?
As the country is buried in terrorism since the terror attack on Friday October 16, 2020 on Friday, the government does not forget the second Covid-19 wave, still as dangerous. The hypothesis of a curfew brought forward to 7 p.m. is murmured in the wings of the government, while others, close to the file, predict generalized curfew. Answers by Wednesday October 28.
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