The Paris metropolitan area is one of 16 French regions that entered a partial lockdown on Saturday that will last at least a month. The new restrictions seek to limit travel outside the home except for work or essential activities. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the new blocking rules.
The new partial lockdown attempts to stop the spread of Covid-19 while limiting economic costs, making the restrictions very different from France’s two lockouts last year.
Unlike previous blockades, only 16 regions, including the Paris metropolitan area, have been subjected to a partial blockade.
Dans ces 16 départements, of nouvelles mesures de freinage massives de l’épidémie intervening in front of compter de ce vendredi soir minuit, et pour 4 weeks.
C’est une troisième voie que nous retenons, une voie qui doit permettre de freiner sans nurmer. pic.twitter.com/AkzukWf5O9
– Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) March 18, 2021
The government announced Saturday that it would not be necessary for residents of the 16 affected regions to fill out a attestation form (as it was in previous closures) if they are going to leave within a 10-kilometer radius of their homes. They will simply be asked to bring proof of address.
For any trip of more than 10 kilometers, an official attestation the form will still be required. Forms issued by the Home Office are available in English here.
“The certificate and justification of the reason for the trip will continue to be necessary for trips of more than 10 kilometers (either within the department or for interregional trips),” the government said in a statement.
The nightly curfew begins at 7 pm (previously it was 6 pm) and ends at 6 am A declaration form is also currently required for any travel during curfew.
Interregional travel is prohibited from Saturday, except for “imperative or professional reasons,” according to the website of the Interior Ministry.
Failure to comply with the rules will result in a €135 okay.
Schools remain open, work from home is encouraged
For at least a month, elementary schools and colleges (ages 11-15) will remain open as usual, but high schools (ages 16-18) will revert to a hybrid schedule of half at home and half at school.
On the other hand, outdoor sports and extracurricular hours will develop normally and the parks will remain open.
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Adults are advised to work at home as much as possible.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that the guidelines for companies and administrations to establish work-from-home measures for “at least four days” a week “are still far” from being met.
A Pasteur Institute study published earlier this month showed that workplace contamination accounted for 15 percent of identified Covid-19 cases.
What is an “essential” shopping spree?
Under the new restrictions, around 90,000 businesses will not be able to open, including about 25,000 businesses that have already closed in shopping malls across the country, according to a government statement.
Stores that sell non-essential goods and services, including department stores, will be closed.
The list of essential stores includes pharmacies, supermarkets, bookstores, hair salons, shoe repairs, florists, chocolate shops, car dealerships, and music stores.