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Thursday, 14 January, 2021, 17 : 30 PM [IST]

Update on Covid situation in France

Given the ongoing circulation of Covid-19 in France, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Friday 8 January that all activities currently suspended and establishments currently closed in France as part of the fight against the pandemic will continue to remain so until the end of the month. Here is an update on the situation.

? Travel

A curfew is in place between 8pm and 6am.

On 1 January 2021, this curfew was extended to 6pm to 6am in 15 departments, principally in eastern France, where the virus is most prevalent: 

- Ardennes,
- Marne, 
- Meuse, 
- Meurthe-et-Moselle, 
- Moselle, 
- Haute-Marne, 
- Vosges, 
- Haute-Saône,
- Territoire de Belfort, 
- Doubs, 
- Jura, 
- Saône-et-Loire, 
- Nièvre, 
- Hautes-Alpes, 
- Alpes-Maritimes.

Since 10 January, eight new departments have been included in the 6pm curfew area: 
- Cher, - Vaucluse, 
- Allier, - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
- Côte-d'Or, - Bouches-du-Rhône.
- Haut-Rhin, 
- Bas-Rhin, 

From 12 January, the 6pm curfew will also apply to the departments of Var and Drôme

For visits to overseas territories, a negative PCR test result obtained from within 72 hours must be provided. In addition, for Martinique, Guadeloupe and Réunion, an in-laboratory antigen test will also be accepted. The specific measures for each community are detailed on the government website.

Until 8 February, a PCR or antigen test will be necessary for anyone over 11 years old wishing to travel to Corsica.

? Openings and closures

Shops: Since 28 November, all shops (except restaurants) have been open. Protective health measures (including allowing a minimum of 8m² per customer) are in place.

Places of worship: Since 28 November, places of worship have also opened in accordance with protocols, under the following conditions:
- two seats must remain empty between each individual or family and the next;
- only alternate rows should be occupied.

Tourist accommodation: Since 15 December, hostels, tourist residences, residential tourist villages, holiday villages and family holiday homes, as well as camping and caravan sites, have been permitted to reopen. For hotels, the restaurant bar areas must remain closed, but room service is permitted.

Winter sports resorts: Since 15 December, ski resorts have been open to visitors, but all public facilities and ski lifts remain closed.
These facilities will possibly reopen at the beginning of February, subject to positive developments in the health situation.

Cultural sites: Establishments such as museums, theatres, performance halls and cinemas remain closed.
They will possibly reopen at the beginning of February, subject to positive developments in the health situation.

Restaurants: Restaurants and bars remain closed and will have to wait until at least mid-February to reopen their doors, subject to positive developments in the health situation.
Strict health measures will then need to be implemented.

Sporting venues: Sports arenas will remain closed until at least mid-February. Spectator attendance in sports arenas remains prohibited, with no date set for reopening to the public at this stage.

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