Sport Covid-19: what form could the curfew take?

17:00  14 october  2020
17:00  14 october  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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Emmanuel Macron could announce the implementation of this measure, already experienced in Guyana and by several countries, in areas where the health situation has deteriorated.

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Among them, the executive would consider establishing a curfew in areas where the health situation is alarming, in particular in Paris and Île-de-France where hospitals expect to be saturated in the coming weeks. A credible hypothesis, at a time when the government refrains from banning private gatherings. With generalized containment excluded, the curfew could be an effective option to fight the epidemic. It has already been implemented in different forms in France, but also in other countries.

Prohibit travel

If Emmanuel Macron were to announce the establishment of a curfew, he would necessarily be inspired by what has been done in Guyana. On March 25, a little over two weeks after the start of confinement in France, the prefect of this French territory in South America declared a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. This meant that none of the 290,000 inhabitants of the island was allowed to go outside, except for people whose "travel is absolutely necessary, on presentation of a specific document," the prefecture said.

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At the time of deconfinement, the curfew had been maintained, but shortened, coming into force from 11 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. and always until 5 a.m. . But the health situation deteriorated for a long time in June, forcing the prefecture of Guyana to tighten the curfew for several municipalities on the Island. It was then set up between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays and even between 1 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekends. Since September 4, the curfew is effective again from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday to Sunday, specifies the prefecture . Only the municipalities of Iracoubo, Ouanary, Regina, Saint-Elie and Saül are exempt.

Close shops, bars and restaurants

Until now relatively untouched by the coronavirus epidemic, Germany has seen a jump in contamination since the start of the school year. New restrictions have recently been applied in towns where the health situation is worrying. Presented by the French media as a curfew, the new round of measures entered into force in Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne is not one. "Couvre-feu is perhaps a translation error of the German texts, one is always free here to circulate", explains to RTL a Frenchman living in Frankfurt.

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In fact, the inhabitants of the towns concerned still have the possibility of moving freely in the streets. Only restaurants, shops and bars must lower the curtain between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. They risk a fine of 5000 euros in case of illegal opening. Only pharmacies and petrol stations are allowed to remain open.

Night confinement

Since Wednesday, the provinces of Luxembourg and Brabant in Belgium have been under a curfew that begins at 1am and ends at 6am for a period of 15 days, details Sudinfo . It is forbidden to move on public roads. Only outings for professional and medical reasons or to assist a loved one are authorized. Other provinces could take the plunge, while the epidemic is experiencing a sharp rebound in the country. This curfew is more akin to night confinement.

A drastic curfew

On October 1, the inhabitants of Havana were able to breathe, after a month of drastic curfew which completely paralyzed the Cuban capital. A first since the revolution. The Havanese were prohibited from shopping anywhere other than their arrondissement. Between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., they could not leave their homes. In addition, public transport has been stopped, says Le Figaro . From 4 p.m., stores were also to close their doors.

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