On Wednesday 14 October, Emmanuel Macron the President of France announced a 6-week curfew in the Ile-de-France (Paris) and 8 other metropolitan areas. There will be no restrictions on movement from one region to another.
The goal of this curfew is to reduce the number of contaminations from 20,000 cases – which is currently the case in France – to between 3,000 and 5,000 cases per day. This is the objective announced by the French President on Wednesday 14 October 2020 in his televised speech broadcast by TF1 and France 2. And it is intended to relieve the current pressure on emergency services in France, a pressure that “is not sustainable”.
Reducing private gatherings, which are the most dangerous”
How can the number of daily contaminations be reduced by a factor of 4? For Emmanuel Macron, the curfew solution is the right one, as it will lead to limiting the number of night gatherings, especially the festive ones: “We must reduce the private gatherings which are the most dangerous”. He also announced that the Ile-de-France region and 8 major cities – Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, and Toulouse – will live under this regime for the next 6 weeks. A curfew will be imposed between 9 pm and 6 am.
Macron announced that this curfew will be enforced with fines of 135 euros in case of non-compliance. To avoid being fined those who must be outside after the curfew has started must have a valid reason such as night work.
No restrictions for travel between regions
For the President, the curfew in French Guiana, Mayenne, and Guadeloupe has proved its effectiveness. He explained that the permits are always available for people who work at night. During the day, however, daily life should not really change. “We will continue to work, our economy needs it, we need it, our children will continue to go to school,” explained Emmanuel Macron. The schools will indeed remain open: “I am pleased that we were among the first countries to reopen classes.”
The movement within the country will not be restricted either: “We have not decided to reduce the movement from one region to another”. Emmanuel Macron also called for the respect of the distancing rules in the private sphere and called on all fellow citizens to limit gatherings to “a maximum of six people”.