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France escapes further confinement

But Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced firm measures for travelers who want to enter French soil, including those coming from European Union member countries.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

But Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced firm measures for travelers who want to enter French soil, including those coming from European Union member countries.

All week long, France will have rustled with the rumor of a possible reconfinement from this weekend. It will not be. Friday evening, the Prime Minister thus estimated that the country could still “give itself a chance” to avoid arriving at such recourse.

But that does not mean that Paris is not taking any action in the face of an epidemic that continues to grow in France. Thus, “from Sunday midnight”, France intends close at its borders to countries outside the European Union, “Unless there is an overriding reason,” said Jean Castex.

In addition, a negative PCR test would be required for any entry into France from a country of the European Union (Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany included therefore). Only workers cross-border workers will be the exception to this rule, he was declared during the brief televised intervention of the head of government at the end of a Security Council of more than two hours.

While 23,000 new cases of covid have been detected in the past 24 hours, the executive has also chosen to close all non-food shopping centers of more than 20,000 m2, as of January 31 and for an unspecified period. This in order to avoid large population mixtures leading to fear of accelerated transmission of the virus.

From Monday, attendance gauges of all large surfaces “will be reinforced”. A little as prescribed by the Luxembourg government by authorizing no more than one customer for 10 m2 of sales area in stores.

“In all companies where it is possible, the use of teleworking will be reinforced ”, urged the Prime Minister. A measure that will also apply to public administrations.

The head of government has also raised the tone against “the excesses of a few” by promising stronger controls a curfew (which begins at 6 p.m. in France, compared to 11 p.m. in the Grand Duchy) as well as clandestine parties and the “illegal opening” of restaurants.

A call to order reminiscent of the one launched on the same Friday by the director general of the Federation of Luxembourg cafetiers-restaurateurs for its members tempted to receive customers contrary to the rules in force. François Koepp reacting: “Beware of those who currently do not respect the rules by opening illegally. They clearly serve the interests of all their counterparts and do not allow administrations to be serene about our professional behavior ”.


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