Curfew at 6 p.m. during the week and confinement at weekends: to curb the Covid-19 epidemic, Nice and Dunkirk inaugurated new restrictions on Saturday February 27, with exits reduced to the strict minimum on Saturday and Sunday. As during the two national confinements (from March 17 to May 11, then from October 30 to December 15, 2020), outings must be accompanied by a duly completed certificate. In Nice, the emblematic Promenade des Anglais and the Jean-Médecin shopping avenue, almost deserted, gave the appearance of a ghost town to the fifth largest city in France on Saturday.
Police officers prohibit access to the beach from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on February 27.
The situation is also closely scrutinized in other large cities and departments. Prime Minister Jean Castex has also asked the prefects of the 20 departments where the Covid-19 epidemic threatens to flare up to strengthen the controls of the measures in force, including curfews, recalling that the objective is to “Do everything to avoid national confinement”.
The curfew “works very well”
The Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon is satisfied with the current measures, without excluding “More stringent measures” at the national level in the event of a worsening of the Covid epidemic, in an interview with Sunday newspaper.
“The situation is obviously very tense” most “The government has taken strong braking measures especially with the curfew. The latter works very well ”, found the person responsible in the JDD. As for local containment on weekends, inaugurated on Saturday in the Nice region and around Dunkirk, “We are going to study what (this measure) gives but we know, given the example in Guyana that it works”, continued the DGS, believing that “These are difficult measures but (which) have a real impact”.
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Asked about the possibility of broader measures, Jérôme Salomon considered that in addition to possible measures at the level of the departments, “Regions may also be affected by stricter measures. And if the situation really worsens, the whole of the territory could be concerned ”.
MEPs call for the partial reopening of restaurants
A restaurant closed in Paris on January 5.
Forty MPs from all political stripes ask the Prime Minister to study the reopening of restaurants “At lunch, for those who request it”, from March 30 and “With adequate sanitary procedures”, in a column published by the Sunday newspaper.
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“While some employees can have lunch in their company restaurants, others are forced to eat outside or in their offices: these places are not suitable and do not allow each employee to take a suitable break, to have a reasonable break in their working day ”, argue the parliamentarians, the MoDem deputy Richard Ramos in the lead. The 42 deputies also believe that “Almost all professionals in the sector have always complied with health instructions and implemented strict procedures” since the start of the health crisis.
Since October 30, bars, cafes and restaurants have been closed in France, only a residual take-out activity is allowed.
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