New restrictions in Paris and Île-de-France: 4-week lockdown

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 18 March 2021 at 19h20 · Updated on 19 March 2021 at 09h06
The coronavirus epidemic is escalating in Île-de-France. The entire region has been placed under strengthened surveillance and hospitals are adapting to the increase in admissions in intensive care units. As the regional incidence rate exceeded the threshold of 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants, Jean Castex has announced a four-week lockdown in the entire Paris area.

Is local lockdown official in Paris and its area? Île-de-France has never been this close to the fateful decision. While in hospitals, the situation is so tense they have to cancel most activities and proceed to health evacuations since Monday March 15, 2021, the region's incidence rate has exceeded the threshold of 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants, a decisive criterion, according to Prime Minister Jean Castex.

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Despite the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Île-de-France managed to escape weekend lockdown so far. But as the incidence rate skyrockets over 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants as of March 15, 2021, Paris and all Île-de-France inhabitants might be placed into new lockdown this week.

This Thursday March 18, 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announces lockdown in the entire Île-de-France region for at least four weeks. This measure is to be instated starting Friday March 19, 2021 at midnight and for at least four weeks. Even though schools remain open, non-necessary stores have to close. Trips are limited to 10km, without time restriction. Yet, curfew is postponed to 7 p.m. starting this Saturday March 20, 2021.

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