Coronavirus: no weekend lockdown in Paris and Île-de-France, but new restrictions

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 4 March 2021 at 19h21 · Updated on 4 March 2021 at 19h21
The coronavirus epidemic is escalating in Île-de-France. The entire region has been placed under strengthened surveillance and March 6 seems to be a decisive date. This Thursday March 4, 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex confirms that Paris and Île-de-France are not to be placed under weekend lockdown for the time being.

Curfewlockdownfacemask-wearing, and even anticipated closures, faced with the coronavirus epidemic, the Paris area has seen many restrictions over the past year to try and curb the spread of the virus.
Pretty much spared during the second epidemic wave, Île-de-France yet seems to experience the first signs of a third wave. Between the increase in the incidence rate and the ICU bed occupancy rate struggling to lower, the situation seems difficult and leads health professionals to call on for new measures in the area.

This Thursday March 4, 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced 23 departements were placed under strengthened surveillance. Among them stands the entire Île-de-France region. It means that depending on the evolution of the situation, stronger restrictions might be decided over the coming weeks. Similar solutions as those instated in Dunkirk and in Alpes-Maritimes might be instated in Ile-de-France. The main measure is weekend lockdown, added to the week curfew: from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m., going out is not longer allowed excluding pressing matter allowed by the derogatory trip certificate.

For now, implementing a new lockdown in Paris and the area is out of the question, despite being debated all week long. Yet, new measures are instated in all departments under strengthened surveillance - including Île-de-France. Shopping malls over 10,000sqm must close, as the vaccination campaign is expected to speed up.

But other restrictions might be added: closure of shopping malls over 5,000sqm (against 20,000sqm so far), alcohol drinking banned on the public space in all cities, and even a lower visitor-gauge in stores.

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