Bars, restaurants, cinemas and sports facilities had already seen their reopening postponed last week. They will still have to wait. To better fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the executive decided on Thursday to apply a national curfew at 6 p.m. The measure, which is already in place in 25 departments, will come into force in the other territories on Saturday January 16.
When can these establishments reopen? “I know that everyone would like to have more visibility on the future. It is difficult, given the uncertainties, to answer these questions precisely even if the identification of the deadline is a priority, ”Prime Minister Jean Castex said during his press conference on Thursday.
“It’s not unique to France”
“We must without joy resolve for the moment to live with cultural places, museums, monuments, cinemas, performance halls, closed to the public and with a curfew now fixed at 6 pm” lamented the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot . And to recall that this decision was “not specific to France”. “Almost all the countries around us subject to the same epidemic pressure have made the same decision. “
The Minister of Culture added that the government was “in the process of defining an adaptable model” which will allow, once “out of the acute phase of the crisis”, to “be able to reopen cultural establishments”.
Extended aid systems
While non-essential shops reopened their doors on November 28, “bars and restaurants will remain closed until January 20, 2021” because they are “places of high viral contamination”, the Prime Minister announced at the end of November. .
Their reopening was then conditioned on “the number of contaminations which remains below 5,000 cases per day”, then specified the Head of State Emmanuel Macron, in his last speech. But we are now well above, at 20,000 cases per day.
The government reaffirmed on Thursday that the aid measures will be extended “as long as necessary”. “They have saved millions of businesses and jobs,” said Jean Castex.