Paris restaurants and other drinking outlets, grocery stores are required to close at 10 pm as a measure put in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus the mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced on Thursday, Nov. 5 on BFM-TV and RMC.
“new restrictions on Paris and the inner suburbs were decided yesterday Wednesday. The delivery and sale of restaurants and drinking establishments will have to stop at 10 pm”. said Anne Hidalgo.
#COVID19 | De nouvelles mesures restrictives entrent en vigueur à #Paris à compter du 06 novembre. Un arrêté restreignant les activités de livraison et de vente à emporter a été pris par le préfet de Police.
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According to Paris mayor, the new rules will not apply to all take-out catering but to certain places that offers take-away or alcohol sales, such as grocery stores or mini markets in particular because “in a certain number of cases we had overflows”.
While clarifying if the measure is a curfew the mayor said, “I do not know if it is a curfew because it does not concern all the activities of the city”. However, there was a controversy on Tuesday among the political class after the announcement by the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, of the establishment of a curfew in Paris and in Île-de-France , which was denied by Matignon.
Anne Hidalgo also said the “the situation is very worrying” in Paris, and in the inner suburbs, where around 1,000 people are in intensive care today, after 4,000 at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring.
The mayor also said contrary to the measures taken during the first wave, the markets will remain open, while she has proposed to the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and to the rectorate, several places in Paris such as libraries, theaters, gymnasiums, which can be used to give more space for high school students and thus avoid possible closures.
In France, nearly 400 deaths (394) in hospital were recorded on Wednesday, pushing the number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 38,674.