Covid-19: the lockdown "unchanged for the next two weeks" Castex confirms

Published by Alexandre G., Cécile D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 12 November 2020 at 18h47 · Updated on 12 November 2020 at 22h07
After two weeks of lockdown, the health situation remains as preoccupying. France's Health Minister spoke about "a slight tremor" from the Covid-19 epidemic and noticed a few encouraging signs. Prime Minister Jean Castex held a press conference this Thursday November 12 at 6 p.m. He confirmed lockdown measures will remain the same "for the next two weeks" with a possible softening from December 1. Aid schemes are extended.

France is on lockdown again since Friday October 30, 2020. A much lighter lockdown than the first one since many French people are still able to go to work every day, and that schools and some stores are still open. Slackening has got doctors worried in light of the daily coronavirus victim tolls: France once again exceeded the 500-death mark and over 20,000 new infections recorded in 24 hours only on Monday November 9..

Therefore, everyone was expecting the reaction of the French government, after two weeks of lockdown. As President Macron promised, this is after this "[2-week-period] we can reassess things". This Thursday November 12, 2020 Prime Minister addressed the evolution of the health situation in France: the lockdown remains "unchanged for the next two weeks" at least. Crucial detail, apparently - unless the health situation dramatically improves - there will be no nationwide lifting of the lockdown on December 1. There will be derogations, but lockdown will be still on.

Furthermore, the lockdown measures implemented by the French government for several weeks are not to be changed until December 1. Stores will be able to reopen eventually, if data are good, starting from this date.
As for restaurants and bars, they will have to wait for Christmas, naming another two-week period. Support schemes have been extended. The status quo is the scenario chosen by the government while waiting for the first positive signs recorded to be confirmed.

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"Non-necessary" stores have been closed since October 30, 2020 because of the new nationwide lockdown in France. Even though several elected representatives and the Medef - Movement of the Enterprises of France - have been calling for a quick reopening, this November 12, 2020, the French government decided these stores were to remain shut for at least two more weeks. According to BFMTV, these small stores would be ultimately allowed to reopen from Saturday November 28, 2020. Jean Castex confirms they will reopen around December 1 yet without giving further details.

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