stopped places and exceptions

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stopped places and exceptions


Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas have closed their doors since midnight yesterday evening. Inventory of what closes and remains open.



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From g. right: the Minister of Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, and the Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, in a press conference at the Ministry of the Economy in Paris, February 17, 2020


Edouard Philippe announced on Saturday evening closing at midnight and “until further notice” of all “places receiving the public not essential to the life of the country”, calling on the French to “sacrifice” and “more discipline” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas are expected to close. Shops are also affected, as well as meeting and show rooms, shopping centers, libraries, ski resorts, indoor sports facilities and museums. Mosques are also closed, said the French Council for Muslim Worship.

Any gathering, meeting or activity in the presence of more than 100 people in an enclosed or open environment is prohibited until April 15, 2020, which also includes sports meetings. Nurseries, schools, colleges, high schools and universities are closed until March 29, 2020.

“Considering that gatherings of more than 100 people promote the rapid transmission of the virus, even in non-enclosed spaces (…) that gatherings maintained in each department as such will be fixed by the prefects, without prejudice to the possibility that ‘they will keep to prohibit meetings, activities or gatherings, including of less than 100 people, when local circumstances require it “, the decree published this Sunday in the Official Journal also prevents the holding of unmotivated gatherings at the prefecture .

Are not concerned stores and food markets, pharmacies, banks, tobacconists or gas stations, said the Prime Minister. Polling stations, during the first round of municipal elections this Sunday are also available. The churches remain accessible, although the planned cults, with the exception of baptisms, have been canceled. Finally, if “urban transport continues to operate”, the government encourages the French to limit “their journeys and in particular to avoid interurban journeys”.

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The Director General of Health, Jerôme Salomon, announced on Saturday that 830 new cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus had been detected in France, for a total of 4,500 since the beginning of the epidemic which has so far 91 dead in the country. In this context, France passed Saturday to “stage 3” of the epidemic, meaning that the virus now circulates throughout the territory.

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