“At 9 pm everyone should be at home”


Jean Castex unveiled the details of the curfew imposed in Paris, Ile-de-France and eight other metropolises on Thursday, from Saturday.

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The day after the intervention ofEmmanuel Macron announcing curfews from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., in Paris, Ile-de France, as well as in eight metropolises (Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen, Grenoble), the Prime Minister Jean Castex provided after-sales service at the beginning of the afternoon on Thursday, detailing the measures and their exceptions.

In particular, he went back to the rules for a maximum of six people, meeting in a restaurant or in the public space. “We ask everyone to respect (this measure) at home,” insisted the Prime Minister.

From 9 pm, all places, such as “shops”, “services” and “places open to the public”, will be closed in the departments and cities affected by this “health curfew”. He then gave a list of exceptions such as “health, medico-social establishments” or even restaurants offering home delivery and hotels.

The Prime Minister also mentioned exceptions for, for example, people with a train or a plane that arrives or leaves after 9 p.m. (you will have to present your ticket as proof). Going “to a loved one in a situation of dependency” or “taking your dog out near home” are also among the possible exceptions.

A certificate to present

A certificate will be necessary to prove that we respond to the cases of exemptions provided for. It will soon be available on the government website, along with explanations of the modalities. Likewise, a toll-free number has been set up: 0 800 130 000.

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The certificate can be presented to the police in the event of an inspection, in a printed version or directly downloaded to the telephone. These certificates – which have no connection with the work – are valid for one hour.

Regarding work-related travel, it will also be necessary to present a digital or paper certificate: either the proof of his company, or his professional card (as is the case for nurses or journalists).

The whole of France “in a state of health emergency”

Gérald Darmanin indicated that 12,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized each night, specially responsible for respecting the curfew. In the event of an infringement, the amount of the fine was set at a fine of 135 euros. In case of repetition, after three times, a person who violates the curfew incurs 6 months in prison and a 3,750 euro fine.

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In other French territories, which are not affected by the health curfew, Jean Castex indicated that the prefects will continue to adapt the rules according to the evolution of the epidemic.

The entire French territory is, however, “placed in a state of health emergency,” said the head of government. “All private parties, such as weddings or student parties, which are held in halls, in multipurpose rooms or any other establishment open to the public will be prohibited” throughout the territory, he added. .

In restaurants, the reinforced health protocol (table of six maximum, recording of customer names) will apply to the entire territory. Until now, these measures only concerned areas with maximum alert level.

In places where the public is seated, such as cinemas, it will be necessary to continue to respect the rule of “one seat in two”. In places where people circulate (museums, zoos, supermarkets), the rule that prevails is that of 4m2 per person, within the limit of a maximum tonnage set by the prefect.


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