“Everyone at home from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.”: some 20 million French people are preparing to experience their first evening on Saturday under curfew, a measure taken by the government to stem the epidemic of coronavirus which is rebounding strongly, with the risk of saturating hospitals.
This nocturnal confinement strikes the inhabitants of Île-de-France and the metropolitan areas of Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble.
Exempt are persons who return from work or from a place of study or go there, claim a health requirement, must visit a loved one in a situation of dependency, babysit, respond to a court summons or administration or walk their pet within a radius of one kilometer. On the way or at the exit of stations and airports, plane and train tickets will prevail.
A measure that once again weakens restaurateurs, already subjected to severe strain with confinement, and for whom the second part of the evening represents a significant part of their turnover.
“A curfew at 9 p.m. is anything, it’s a bastard schedule”, protests Hubert de Faletans, owner of the restaurant L’Esprit du Sud-Ouest in Blagnac, near Toulouse, whose 120 covers have increased to 80 due to the health protocol already in place.
“A restaurant starts working between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. We do not understand why we did not put the curfew at 11:00 p.m. at least that we can really do a first service”, adds this restaurateur who does the most. most of its turnover after 9:00 p.m.
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“I’m fed up, they change every five minutes. They sail on sight and it gets tiring. This closure at 9:00 p.m. will have no effect (on the epidemic). They are not attacking the right place” , indignant Gérard, the manager of a Toulouse restaurant in the station district. “Almost every day, I have one or two young people who come by asking me for a job. I’ve never seen that,” he warns, worried about the economic consequences.
The world of culture is also in shock after the Prime Minister’s veto to ease the curfew for this sector hit hard by the health crisis. And tries to adapt by offering schedules, early in the morning or at the end of the day.
As during confinement, people leaving during curfew will need to bring travel certificates (to print or download to their phone). Any offender will be liable to a fine of 135 euros then, in the event of a double repeat offense (three frauds in total), to six months in prison and a fine of 3,750 euros.
Some 12,000 police and gendarmes, plus municipal police teams, must be deployed to enforce these rules.
The police were however invited to show “pedagogy” and “discernment”, by evaluating “the good or bad faith” of the people controlled, explained to AFP a police source.
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– Last drink –
While the All Saints holidays begin, the government has not, however, prohibited travel within the country, but some territories wanted to anticipate an influx of tourists, such as the seaside resort of Touquet, which will in turn introduce a cover. -fire.
The government is advocating curfews as the only measure to prevent re-confinement, at a time when indicators assessing the coronavirus epidemic are deteriorating across Europe.
As in a New Year’s Eve atmosphere, in the center of Paris and in the other big cities concerned, thousands of consumers enjoyed until late Friday, a last round of bars, a drink on the terrace or a dinner in town.
Scheduled for at least four weeks, the curfew could be extended if the epidemic does not show signs of abating. President Macron has already mentioned the date of December 1.
France recorded between Thursday and Friday 122 deaths linked to Covid-19, a figure that is climbing, as well as the number of resuscitation. The total number of deaths now stands at 33,303, and more than 20,000 positive cases on average are recorded per day.
Prime Minister Jean Castex promised on Friday, visiting the Lille University Hospital, the government’s “support” for carers worried about the scale of the second wave.
In the Rhône-Alpes region, non-urgent interventions have been deprogrammed for 15 days, the intensification of the circulation of the virus “strongly impacting the supply of care”, according to the Regional Health Agency for whom “the risk of saturation of these services are now real in the short term “.
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