French President Emmanuel Macron announced the introduction of a lockdown throughout the country. The new sanitary restrictions will apply from April 3 to May 2.
The restrictions so far in force in 19 out of 101 French departments will be extended to the entire territory of the country, informed the president.
The main restrictions are to close shops except for those selling basic necessities, a ban on moving between departments and an order to stay within 10 km from where you live. Additionally, all those who have such a possibility are to work remotely.
The head of state announced “tolerance” when it comes to moving around during Easter. Both on Holy Sunday and Holy Monday, movement between departments will be tolerated, but the president called for people-to-people contacts to be kept to a minimum for the health and safety of relatives.
The curfew will be invariably from 19 throughout the country. Returns to the country from abroad will be possible at any time – assured the president.
Schools will operate remotely in the first week of April, and then a two-week spring break will be introduced throughout the country. This means that this rest period has been shifted for part of the country’s territory.
After the spring break on April 26, kindergartens and primary schools will return to full-time education, and distance learning will be continued in junior high schools and high schools until May 3.
The president also assured that medical services are increasing the number of beds in intensive care units to 10,000. out of 7,665 currently available.
The sanitation is dire, hospitals are overburdened, but we’ll handle it, Macron said, thanking citizens for a year of sacrifice during the Covid-19 pandemic and the services for their dedication and persistence.
The French leader declared that the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus would be accelerated, and that from mid-June all residents of the country would be able to apply for vaccinations.
In the near future, vaccination against the coronavirus will be available from March 31 for people over 70, from April 16 for people over 60, and from May 15 for people over 50.