"Non-essential" shops, travel, what should we remember from Emmanuel Macron's speech?

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Emmanuel Macron provided an update on the health situation which has gradually improved since the introduction of confinement during his televised address tonight. He announced a gradual relaxation of the confinement rules.

"The return to normal will not be for tomorrow, but we have the means to control and defeat this virus", announced this evening Emmanuel Macron during his televised address. More than three weeks after the establishment of the reconfinement, the Head of State wanted to be optimistic about the evolution of the epidemic while remaining firm. "We must continue our efforts", he recalled several times.
Here are the main measures of this progressive deconfinement.

  • Travel will be authorized within a radius of 20 kilometers and for 3 hours from this Saturday, November 28.
  • Outdoor extra-curricular activities will also be authorized from November 28.
  • Shops and home services can reopen until 9 p.m. "A new page will open on Saturday November 28", announced Emmanuel Macron.
  • Resumption on November 28 of services in places of worship, limited to 30 people
    Religious services can resume from November 28 with a limit of 30 people.
  • A curfew will be implemented from December 15 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. throughout France. "We will be able to move freely on the evenings of December 24 and 31", said the head of state.
  • If the health objectives are reached (if the contaminations per day reach the figure of 5,000), cinemas, theaters, museums will be able to reopen under strict health protocols from December 15.
  • "Restaurants and sports halls will be able to reopen on January 20 if the health objectives are reached ", announced Emmanuel Macron. However, no mention of bars or nightclubs which should remain closed until further notice.
  • Face-to-face classes will resume in high schools, then 15 days later in universities.

A complex calendar therefore in several stages. Regarding the Christmas holidays, Emmanuel Macron warns that it will not be "Christmas holidays like any other". He called for limiting as much as possible "unnecessary travel". Therefore the ski resorts for the holidays will not reopen "because of the health risks associated with the Covid-19 epidemic". But we can celebrate Christmas with the family on condition that we respect the sanitary rules and be in a small group.

See also: WHO recommends a Christmas "without the whole family"

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