Covid-19 – update on new measures, 14th October
With the rise of cases in France, new measures were announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday 14th October. Here is a quick run through of what they are:
- A curfew, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., will come into effect from Saturday 17th October in the following areas: Ile-de-France, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Rouen, Montpellier and Toulouse.
- The curfew is to last four weeks, with the government hoping to extend it to six weeks which would bring it to the 1st December.
- During the curfew, businesses must close, and the general public should stay at home unless they have a valid reason to be out, such as for work. Should you need to go out during these hours, you will have to carry an ‘attestation’ – a form you sign stating your reason for being out. The police will be carrying out checks and can fine anyone who does not comply.
- The ‘rule of six’ will be introduced across the country. Similar to that in the UK, the government is encouraging people to gather in groups of no more than six people in their homes and in public spaces (not including families with more than 6 members who live in the same household).
- Masks continue to be obligatory in certain cities, but the government is encouraging the public to wear them everywhere at all times, including in private settings.
- Working from home, when possible, is to continue and the government is suggesting business allow employees to work from home at least 2-3 days per week.
What about my October holiday?
- If you already live in France, the government has not placed any restrictions on holiday travel plans however they are encouraging the public to remain vigilant, wear masks and respect social distancing.
- If you live in the UK and have booked a holiday to France, it is important to follow UK travel advice, which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
What are the rules in my city?
France is currently using a five-category system to classify each department – green, alert, heightened alert, maximum alert and state of emergency. It is important to know which category your department is as this dictates the rules you must follow. Visit your local prefecture’s website for more information.
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