As of this Tuesday, all bars in Paris will no longer be operational after the city recorded high rates of COVID-19 infection. There was a persistently high infection rate in the French city and all bars are completely closed on alert.
This Monday, the full detail of the new restrictions, which are set to last two weeks, will be revealed, as confirmed by Prime Minister Jean Castex’s office.
The country confirmed 10,489 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. This resulted in a total of 634,763 cases across the country. France has also confirmed a total of 32,365 deaths related to COVID-19.
The closing of bars in Paris follows the city of Marseille, which closed the bars since last week. All bars have been closed according to the maximum alert, which takes effect at an infection rate of over 250 per 100,000 people. The maximum alert level can also take effect if the intensive care beds reserved for COVID-19 fall below 30%.
When announcing the directive, the Prime Minister said the measures were essential to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and would apply to Paris and three other departments in the immediate vicinity for a period of two weeks.
The measures require restaurants across the city to install new sanitary arrangements to stay open. In addition, the university lecture halls should not be more than half full.
The restaurants and bistros that serve both food and alcohol will also stay open, but they will need to register the contact details of the customers they serve. They are also not allowed to be opened after 10:00 p.m. Also, working from home must be a priority now more than ever.
When announcing the bar’s closure, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also admitted that it will be difficult for Parisians. He said they love to drink, eat, live, smile, and kiss.
France is not just the state taking back some of the lockdown measures. Elsewhere, the Czech Republic has also introduced a state of emergency as it struggles to control the coronavirus resurgence.
As of Monday, October 5th, new measures have been enacted that will last two weeks. This includes closing secondary schools and limiting the number of customers in restaurants and bars to a maximum of six per serving table. However, primary schools remain open across the country.
These are measures to contain the recurrence of fresh coronavirus infection. Within two weeks, the country has reported the second-highest new coronavirus case per 100,000 people in Europe. The country is also in fourth place in terms of deaths.
Spain leads with the highest new infections per 100,000 people. The infection rate in the capital, Madrid, is said to be around 700 cases per 100,000 people, and over the weekend the capital put in place a local lockdown that has restricted its 3 million residents from traveling only for essential neighborhood trips. Bars and restaurants cannot be open after 8:00 p.m. and gatherings should not consist of more than six people.
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