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Relaxation of the lockdown from November 28th

The head of state announced measures to ease the Lockdown on Tuesday evening. Commencing on Saturday November 28 with the reopening of shops.A relaxation in three stages. In other words, progressive and under control: this is what Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday evening during his televised speech. Clearly, the restrictions put in place since October 30, to deal with this second wave, will only loosen in stages. These measures will be detailed by Jean Castex on Thursday morning at a press conference.
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1. November 28
The first stage will begin on November 28. This Saturday will mark the reopening of non-essential shops, until 9 p.m. maximum. It will be mandatory however for them to respect strict health restrictions including a limit of one customer for 8 square meters. “I know how great the expectation is and how much this contributes to our daily life in the life of our city centers”, underlined the Head of State, while the last weeks have been marked by intense pressure from elected officials and professionals to reopen as the end of year holidays approach.

In addition, from Saturday, places of worship can reopen but within the limit of 30 faithful per office.

The certificates will remain in force, as will home working. “We will have to give up unnecessary travel,” said Emmanuel Macron. Main change: walks and sports activities will now be allowed within the 20 km limit for three hours.

2. December 15
Second phase: December 15. If the new daily contaminations remain around 5,000 and the number of people in intensive care between 2,500 and 3,000, then the lockdown can be lifted. Thus, and this is important in view of the Christmas holidays, inter-regional travel can resume.

This December 15 should also coincide with the reopening of places of culture and entertainment: cinema, theaters and museums in accordance with a strict health protocol. “A time stamping system will allow the organization of performances at the end of the day,” said the president.

However, always with the idea of not losing control of the virus, travel will remain restricted. The certificates will disappear but a curfew will take over, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., except on December 24 and 31 to allow festivities.

3. January 20
Finally, the next step is expected on January 20. If the previous two stages have not led to a rebound in the epidemic, face-to-face classes could resume in high schools and 15 days later in universities.

This January 20 could also mark the reopening of restaurants and sports halls. The curfew may be postponed. However, no date has been set for bars and nightclubs.

It is therefore a deconfinement under control that the Head of State is proposing. However, while the course is now known, which was mainly requested of it, it still remains subject to the evolution of the epidemic.

Vaccination not compulsory

Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that vaccination against Covid-19 would not be compulsory and that the campaign would begin “from the end of December, beginning of January” for “the most fragile people”. “Some (vaccines) will be available from the end of December, beginning of January, and a second generation will arrive in the spring,” he said in a televised address, assuring that France, with the European Union had “secured (e) the number of doses “required.

Ski resorts will not reopen for the holidays

Emmanuel Macron considered “impossible” on Tuesday evening the opening of winter sports resorts before the end of the year holidays due to the health risks linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, and indicated that “the decisions will be finalized very soon”.

“More restrictive” with those who have the virus

“We must be more restrictive with regard to those who have the virus,” said Emmanuel Macron. “I hope that the government and Parliament provide the conditions to ensure the isolation of infected people, including in a more restrictive way,” said the head of state, promising that “these people will be accompanied on the material, health, psychological plan “.

Aid for closed businesses increased

Companies “which will remain administratively closed” in the coming weeks, such as restaurants, will be able to obtain aid corresponding to 20% of their annual turnover, instead of the 10,000 euros already offered, said Emmanuel Macron.

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