France is taking drastic measures in the fight against the corona virus and will go into a second lockdown from Friday.
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new lockdown from Friday.
A mask requirement now applies to children aged six and over.
Many people are currently fleeing the big cities.
France is making work from home mandatory as part of the new lockdown. Exceptions are only permitted if there is nothing else technically possible, explains Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne. The government is also presenting other details of the tightening that has already been announced. Among other things, the mask requirement now applies to children from the age of six instead of the previous eleven.
Head of state Emmanuel Macron announced a new lockdown from Friday in a speech to the nation on Wednesday evening. Among other things, bars and restaurants should remain closed, while schools should remain open. Universities are also to switch to online operations.
Escape from Paris
The idea of a new one Lockdowns scare the big city dwellers in particular. According to “Le Figaro”, many people in Paris packed their bags at the last second to move to the country for a few weeks. 24-year-old Anna lives in a 60 square meter apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine. “I can’t complain, I still have my job. But when I think that I’m locked in my apartment around the clock and there are also police checks, then I find it psychologically very stressful. “
30-year-old Julie moved to live with her boyfriend in Barbâtre in the Pays de la Loire region on Thursday morning. At least as long as the new lockdown lasts. “It will not only be more pleasant there by the sea than in my apartment in the 17th arrondissement, I will also help to relax my health situation,” she says. In her opinion, the curfew had not yet been observed because teleworking was not required. “The people crowded the subway every day!” Said Julie.
Measures valid until December
The 43-year-old Christine from the 13th arrondissement in Paris feels the same way. She also wanted to leave the city on Wednesday and move her residence to Senonches in the Eure-et-Loire region. “My family has a house there with a large garden and flowers,” says the communications consultant. Her two children will also benefit from the fresh air and the change from urban noise and traffic. “I will of course continue to work from there,” says Christine. Your boss didn’t think much of home office until now. “I’ve had to go to the office almost every day until now. But now he has no other choice. “
The measures should apply until December. In general, people have to stay at home except to go shopping or see a doctor.
(kle / dmo / Reuters)