“Second wave will be more deadly than the first”

FFrance has again ordered a strict lockdown. President Emmanuel Macron announced on television on Wednesday evening that the nationwide curfew, which “stopped” the virus in the spring, must be reintroduced. Because France was “overwhelmed by the sudden acceleration of the pandemic,” as he admitted in his address. And he warned: “The second wave will be more deadly than the first”.

France is therefore returning to a number of restrictions: it is forbidden to visit friends and leave your own region for private purposes. Restaurants, cafes, bars, theaters and cinemas have to close again across France. The airports for flights outside the European Union will also be closed again. Anyone wanting to leave the house needs a completed paper or mobile phone ticket. Walking and driving to and from work, bringing children to and from school and kindergarten, shopping for groceries, supporting dependent persons, walking pets and certain outdoor sports are permitted.

Schools, kindergartens and cemeteries remain open

Macron and his government have given the population some relief from the curfew in the spring: schools and kindergartens will remain open, as will public service facilities, including cemeteries. Visits to the old people’s homes are also permitted. The companies should let their employees work from home as much as possible.

The new rules come into effect on the night from Thursday to Friday. They should last at least until December 1st. Macron promised the hard-hit retail, which is now forced to close again, to review the situation in two weeks in order to introduce possible relief if the pandemic recedes. The aim is to reduce the number of new infections every day from around 40,000 to around 5,000. Macron also promised further government aid such as grants of 10,000 euros per month for small businesses. The state will also help with the outstanding rent payments.

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