World Paris to suggest three-week lockdown to government: deputy mayor

08:48  26 february  2021
08:48  26 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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PARIS (Reuters) - Paris will submit a plan to the government prescribing a three-week lockdown of the French capital in view of the reopening of all venues, including bars, restaurants and theaters, the city's first deputy mayor told France Info radio on Thursday.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris © Reuters/STRINGER The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris

The idea is to have "the prospect to reopen everything", Emmanuel Gregoire said.

Like the rest of the country, Paris is under a night curfew since Dec 15. Its bars, restaurants and cultural venues, like elsewhere in France, have been closed since even longer due to the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Earlier in the day, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the government would impose measures including weekend lockdowns in Paris and 19 other regions from the start of March if signs of the coronavirus accelerating persist.

(Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by David Gregorio)

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