Are Paris and Île-de-France about to have to comply with lockdown weekend starting Saturday March 20, 2021? This Sunday March 14, 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Twitch there was a determining criterion: if the region exceeds an incidence rate of 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants, then Île-de-France might have to implement the same measure as in Alpes-Maritimies, Dunkirk and Pas-de-Calais.
Covid: Jean Castex sets a criterion to put Île-de-France back into lockdown
This Sunday, invited on Twitch by Samuel Etienne, Jean Castex opened up. The Prime Minister explained for instance that Île-de-France was not subject to the same restrictions as Pas-de-Calais and Alpes-Maritimes, because the incidence rate has not reached 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants. [Read more]
The Paris area exceeded the incidence rate of 400 cases for 100,000 habitants since Monday March 15, 2021. To give you further details, as of Tuesday March 16, 2021, the incidence rate in Île-de-France reached 418.9. Five departments have exceeded the 400-case-for-100,000-inhabitant threshold, namely: Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val d'Oise, Seine et Marne, and Essonne respectively reach an incidence rate of 499.3; 458.9; 460; 463.5; abd 400.4. Then come Paris (397.8), Hauts-de-Seine (356.9), and Yvelines (320.7).
Paris and Île-de-France incidence rate as of Saturday 21 May 2022
In France, the second epidemic wave keeps on spreading in many areas. Curfew has been brought forward to 6 p.m. since January 16, 2021 instead of 8 p.m. Health authorities have set the incidence rate per department as a determining criterion to know if measures should be made harder or easier. To make Île-de-France inhabitants’ life easier, here is the incidence rate map by departments in Paris and Île-de-France as of Saturday 21 May 2022, based on data shared by CovidTracker and Data.gouv. [Read more]
For all that, why was weekend lockdown not automatically decreed in departments exceeding 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants? The case of the Paris area is special: during the debate about likely strict lockdown of Paris for three weeks, the executive shared they would like to instate measures on the entire region and not on department-base only. In Île-de-France, inhabitants’ mobility is such that restrictions might be more difficult to aim at on a departmental basis. Therefore, for some measures in Paris, such as compulsory facemask-wearing outside is extended to the inner suburbs of Paris.
Also note weekend lockdown might not be the only way. Departments placed under strengthened surveillance are said they might see harder restrictions if the health situation deteriorates. New measures are to be decided in Île-de-France.