The Paris metropolitan space is certainly one of 16 French areas that went into a partial lockdown Saturday that may final for at the least a month. The brand new restrictions search to restrict journeys exterior the house apart from work or important actions. FRANCE 24 takes a have a look at the brand new lockdown guidelines.
The brand new partial lockdown makes an attempt to stem the unfold of Covid-19 whereas limiting the financial prices, making the restrictions very totally different from France’s two lockdowns final yr.
In contrast to earlier lockdowns, solely 16 areas – together with the Paris metropolitan space – have been put beneath a partial lockdown.
Dans ces 16 départements, de nouvelles mesures de freinage massives de l’épidémie interviendront à compter de ce vendredi soir minuit, et pour 4 semaines.
C’est une troisième voie que nous retenons, une voie qui doit permettre de freiner sans enfermer. pic.twitter.com/AkzukWf5O9
— Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) March 18, 2021
The federal government on Saturday introduced that it could not be essential for residents of the 16 affected areas to fill out an attestation type (as because it was in earlier lockdowns) if they’re going out inside a ten kilometre radius from their properties. They may merely be required to hold a proof of tackle.
For any journey additional than 10 kilometres, an official attestation type will nonetheless be required. Kinds issued by the inside ministry can be found in English here.
“The certificates and justification of the explanation for the journey will proceed to be required for journeys of greater than 10 kilometres (both throughout the division or for inter-regional journeys),” the federal government stated in an announcement.
A nighttime curfew begins at 7pm (it was beforehand 6pm) and ends at 6am. A declaration type can also be at present necessary for any journey in the course of the curfew.
Inter-regional journey is prohibited from Saturday, apart from “crucial or skilled causes”, based on the inside ministry web site.
Failure to observe the foundations will end in a €135 high-quality.
Colleges keep open, work-at-home inspired
For at the least a month, major colleges and schools (ages 11-15) will keep open as regular, however excessive colleges (ages 16-18) will swap again to a hybrid half-at-home, half-at-school schedule.
However, outside sports activities and the extracurricular schedules will run usually, and parks stay open.
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Adults are suggested to work from home as a lot as attainable.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday stated tips for corporations and administrations to arrange work-from-home measures for “at the least 4 days” per week “are nonetheless far” from being adopted.
A research by the Pasteur Institute printed earlier this month confirmed that contamination at work accounted for 15 p.c of recognized circumstances of Covid-19.
What’s an ‘important’ buying spree?
Below the brand new restrictions, round 90,000 companies won’t be able to open, together with round 25,000 companies already closed in buying centres throughout the nation, based on a authorities assertion.
Retailers promoting non-essential items and companies, together with department shops, shall be closed.
The listing of important shops embrace pharmacies, supermarkets, bookshops, hairdressers, shoe repairs, florists, chocolate outlets, automotive dealerships and music shops.