French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the people on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. As expected, he announced some easing, the first this Saturday. Non-essential stores may then reopen. If all goes well, the lockdown will end in mid-December, but a curfew will be put in place.
“It looks like the peak of the second wave is over. Our, you, efforts have paid off, ”the president first spoke encouragingly to the people in a video message. “It is together that we have achieved these results.”
Then he switched to some relaxation. From Saturday 28 November, non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen, under strict security measures and until 9 pm at the latest. In addition, walks and sports activities within a radius of 20 kilometers and for three hours are again allowed, as are extracurricular outdoor activities. Homework is still recommended.
And the catering industry?
The second step will take effect on December 15, when the goal of a maximum of 5,000 infections per day is reached. “Then the lockdown can be lifted and non-essential movements can be made again, also between different regions, to spend Christmas with family. But not too many people at the table. We have to limit unnecessary travel as much as possible. ” Instead, there will be a curfew from 9 PM to 7 AM. On December 24 and 31, the French will be allowed to move freely, but meetings on the public road are not allowed.
From mid-December, cinemas, theater halls and museums may also reopen according to strict measures. The catering industry will have to wait a little longer: it can reopen at the earliest on 20 January, if the situation remains favorable. Secondary schools may also be able to open their school gates again. “The return to normal is not yet until tomorrow,” Macron concluded.
Macron assured us about the vaccination that it will not be mandatory.