Curfew, vaccine, UK travel – PM’s key updates from January 7th and 14th
Key points of his speech
Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that a 18:00 to 06:00 curfew will apply to the whole of France beginning on Saturday, January 16.This longer curfew is already in place in 25 departments in the east of the country and will now replace the 20:00 to 06:00 curfew in place in the rest of France.
The new measures will remain for at least 15 days.
Bars, restaurants and cafés will remain closed until at least mid-February. The reopening of sports centres, cinemas, theatres, museums and ski lifts will be reviewed on January 20 to decide on a possible reopening at the start of February;
Ten additional departments (see map below) have had their curfew brought forward to 18:00. The existing national 20:00 curfew will be maintained and reviewed on January 20;
“I cannot rule out that we will have to take additional national measures in the coming days if needed,” the prime minister said.
Key points on testing and the vaccination campaign
People over 75 (living at home, rather than in care homes) can be vaccinated from Monday, January 18;
People with disabilities in specialised institutions are now also able to be vaccinated. Currently care home residents, the homes’ staff and medical workers aged 50 and above are being vaccinated;
45,000 people in the above groups have been vaccinated in the last five days;
France is the only country in Europe to offer free tests to all its population. In the UK the cost can be £350 and €100 in Germany;
Covid-19 vaccinations will take place in special centres with 600 such centres due to open in January;
A system to book vaccination appointments will be set up online at www.sante.fr from January 14 and initially aimed at people aged 75 and over. A telephone number will also be launched to guide callers to a vaccination centre near them;
Health authorities have approved leaving a six-week delay between doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, instead of three weeks, in order to speed up the rollout;
The process for getting vaccinated will be simplified. It will involve booking an appointment, going to your nearest vaccination centre where you fill out a short questionnaire with a nurse, detailing health issues and whether you have already had Covid, signing consent and then getting vaccinated;
Doctors, nurses, pharmacy workers will be able to carry out vaccination;
500,000 doses of the vaccine will be delivered every week until the end of February;
One million people will be vaccinated by the end of January. “This will be in line with our European neighbours,” said Mr Castex;
From January 10, anyone who works and displays symptoms of Covid-19 or anyone who has been a contact case will be able to register on the Assurance maladie website to get an sick leave certificate (arrêt maladie) with immediate compensation; The Assurance maladie team will follow up with two to three phone calls over the next week. Every person declared positive will be offered a home visit by a nurse from January 20 onwards