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World No Saturday night party for Parisians as curfews kick off

02:40  18 october  2020
02:40  18 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Ruptly is live from Rue de Buci in Paris on Friday, October 16, as people enjoy their last meals and drinks at terraces and indoor areas in brasseries and restaurants one day before the introduction of a late- night curfew announced by French President Emmanuel Macron. on Wednesday evening.

The controversial night curfew is aimed at curbing the soaring coronavirus infection rate in France, which is one of Europe's coronavirus hotspots. Jogging and dog-walking will still be allowed during the curfew but, as happened during the two-month lockdown earlier, a signed permit will be required

PARIS (Reuters) - The streets and terraces of Paris and eight cities in France emptied on Saturday night as people were asked to stay home to stem a second wave of the coronavirus that caused a record daily number of infections in the country.

a group of people walking on a city street at night: A woman walks her dog in Montmartre during the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU A woman walks her dog in Montmartre during the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris a group of people walking down a street next to a building: Empty streets are seen in Montmartre during the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU Empty streets are seen in Montmartre during the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron last week ordered nightly curfews in cities where the coronavirus was the most active, saying it was spreading at parties and private gatherings and action was needed or else hospitals risked being overwhelmed.

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There is no evidence that keeping restaurants shut at night would significantly slow down Covid-19, so Berlin’s curfew order infringes on business freedoms, a court in the German capital has ruled. The measure came into force last Saturday , putting Berlin under curfew for the first time in seven decades.

Kick off ! A Berlin court on Friday suspended the late- night curfew imposed on bars and restaurants in the German capital, though it may only be a temporary reprieve as the local government has Several other German cities, including Frankfurt, have also imposed curfews on bars and restaurants.

a city street at night: A view shows empty streets around the Moulin Rouge cabaret during the late-night curfew in Paris © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU A view shows empty streets around the Moulin Rouge cabaret during the late-night curfew in Paris

While some people understood the need to contain the virus, restaurant managers cautioned about the impact on a sector that already suffered major losses during the spring lockdown.

"There will surely be employees who will lose their jobs, several restaurants will go bankrupt," said Stefano Anselmo, 44, manager of Italian restaurant Bianco in Paris. "It's a disaster."

France, like other European countries, is grappling with how to slow the virus’ spread and ease pressure on a once-again strained healthcare system while keeping its 2.3 trillion euro ($2.7 trillion) economy open and protecting jobs.

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Private parties will be banned, even in areas not under curfew , from midnight on Friday. President Macron said on Wednesday night he understood a curfew was a "hard" thing to ask people to do. All companies in curfew areas will be asked to move towards having employees work from home for at

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"For restaurateurs I understand that it is difficult but there is a moment when it is necessary to make a balance between public health and economic health," said Bastien Delaunay, a 22-year-old law student.

a store front at night: Empty streets are seen in Montmartre during the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU Empty streets are seen in Montmartre during the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris

The number of new coronavirus infections in France jumped more than 32,000 in one day on Saturday for the first time since the start of the epidemic, health ministry data showed.

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews will last at least four weeks.

"On Saturday night we used to go out all the time. We organised many things and now that's over. At 9 p.m. we must go home. That's the time when we used to go out," 22-year old Jeanne Baudin, said while sitting on a terrace with friends.

a person standing in front of a store: Police officers patrol in the streets of Lille during the start of the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lille © Reuters/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL Police officers patrol in the streets of Lille during the start of the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lille

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(Reporting by Antoine Boddaert; Writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Paris and other French cities will face an overnight curfew to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron announced as restrictions tightened in struggling countries across Europe. © Kiran Ridley/Getty Images Parisians enjoy a socially distanced opening night of Paris Plages at La Villette on July 18. The city and several others will now face a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew -- which comes into effect at midnight Friday -- will also apply to Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille, Rouen and Lyon, he said.

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