France is tightening its curfew – you are not allowed to leave your home between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The ban on going out was initially only in force in particularly affected regions. In the fight against the coronavirus, the restrictions are now being extended to the whole country. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday evening in Paris that the regulation should apply from Saturday for at least 15 days.
“It is not possible to leave the house for personal reasons,” said Castex. Shops should also close from 6 p.m.
Going for a walk in the fresh air, doing sports and shopping is then completely prohibited! But: the way to work and compelling family reasons remain valid reasons to leave the house.
The situation has stabilized in recent days, but remains worrying, Castex said. France currently has an average of 16,000 proven corona cases per day.
In none of the French departments are the infections currently below the official target of an average of 50 new positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.
Due to the novel mutations of the corona virus in Great Britain and South Africa, France also wants to tighten border controls. When entering from countries outside the EU, a negative corona test must be presented.
The re are currently around 200 to 300 new cases of the British variant every day.
The pandemic hit France with its 67 million inhabitants hard. More than 2.8 million people have become infected with the coronavirus. About 69,000 died from infection. As of Wednesday evening, almost 250,000 people in France had been vaccinated against the virus.