Paris | The French government on Wednesday announced new draconian measures to fight against the progression of the COVID-19 epidemic, in particular the total closure of bars and restaurants in the second city of Marseille and the placing on “heightened alert” of eleven metropolises, including Paris.
Due to the worrying circulation of the coronavirus, the metropolis of Aix-Marseille, in the south-east, and Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, have been placed in “maximum alert zone”, announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran during a press conference.
This level of alert, preceding the state of health emergency, leads to the total closure of bars and restaurants, a measure feared by a sector already very weakened by the containment of the spring.
In addition, eleven other metropolises, including Paris, have been placed in “enhanced alert zone”, which implies in particular a closure of bars from 10 pm, as well as the limitation of gatherings to 1,000 people, against 5,000 currently.
“The situation continues to deteriorate overall,” warned Olivier Véran, at a time when all indicators have deteriorated in France for several days.
“There is still time to act, the measures we are taking aim to get out of this trajectory”, he said, calling on the French to respect barrier gestures and not to multiply dinners or friendly gatherings or family.