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Offbeat Covid-19. Five questions on the curfew introduced on Saturday in several cities in France

14:05  15 october  2020
14:05  15 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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As of Saturday, October 17, Ile-de-France and eight metropolises will have to apply a curfew. This announcement was made by Emmanuel Macron, during his televised address, Wednesday evening. Objective: to reduce the number of infections per day and regain control over the coronavirus epidemic.

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Who is affected by the curfew?

This new measure will affect 20 million people. Ile-de-France and the cities of Lille, Rouen, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble, Toulouse, Montpellier and Aix-Marseille will have to apply this curfew from Saturday, October 17, from midnight. These areas, the most affected by the resumption of the epidemic since the start of the school year, also have a high population density.

What are the schedules to respect?

Emmanuel Macron announced, Wednesday, October 14, that this curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., from Saturday, October 17 in the areas mentioned above. The inhabitants of these areas will therefore have to be at home, Saturday evening, from 9 p.m., Saturday. Cinemas, theaters, restaurants, bars and other businesses will have to close their doors at this time. President Emmanuel Macron has promised 100% coverage of partial unemployment for employers in these troubled sectors.

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Some exceptions will however be possible: exemptions will be granted for people who return to or go to work in this time slot, or for "health emergency" situations . For this, the people concerned will have to bring proof (as during confinement with travel certificates). In the event of non-compliance with the curfew, a fine of € 135 may be applied by the police .

Furthermore, if the curfew does not bear fruit within two weeks in the affected areas, the schedule could be brought forward to 8 p.m. or even 7 p.m. In Guyana, it was brought forward to 5 p.m. when it was initially set up between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

How long will the curfew last?

This new measure is possible thanks to the establishment of a "state of health emergency" from this weekend, and already applied from March 23 to July 10, 2020.

For now, the curfew will last "at least four weeks" specified the Head of State. But he wants the government to go to "Parliament so they can try to extend it until December 1" , six weeks in total.

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Can we still travel between regions?

Yes. Whether you live in one of the areas affected by the curfew or not, movement between regions is still permitted. "There will be no restrictions on public transport, as during confinement" , said Emmanuel Macron. The president also affirmed that the government "will not prevent people from going on vacation" , while calling on "to respect the rules of practice (barrier gestures), even in the family setting" .

How many people can gather in private or on the public highway?

This time, the message is addressed to all French people: it is advisable not to gather more than six people to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. Whether at the table or in the street.

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