French Prime Minister Jean Castex (55) has presented a timetable for the gradual easing of strict Corona restrictions in the country. Starting May 3, the 10-kilometer limit that citizens can commute around their homes during the day will drop, Castex announced Thursday.
Starting in mid-May, according to the prime minister, shops and cultural institutions as well as outdoor restaurants will open again depending on the development of the situation. After that, some sporting activities should also be possible again.
“It seems that the peak of the third wave of the epidemic has passed our backs,” Castex said at a press conference. In the past few days, the spread of the virus has decreased, and hospital admissions have peaked as well. Depending on the development, the shutdown can now be gradually relaxed again.
The entire country has been in lockdown since April
Castex said the list was not yet final. The easing is related to conditions, details of which will be announced in the coming days. Reopening operations can also depend on the situation in each region.
France has been in lockdown across the country since the beginning of April. In addition to the lockdown, there is a night curfew between 7 PM and 6 AM and travel bans between regions. According to Castex, the night curfew should remain in effect at first. Weeks ago, there was increasing pressure on the government from all sides to soften the regulations once again.
In any case, kindergartens and elementary schools will reopen from next Monday, and high school students will be able to return to classes again the following week. However, according to the prime minister, strict preventive measures such as mass tests are in place.
Entry rules have been tightened due to the Corona mutations
Meanwhile, Health Minister Olivier Ferrand (41 years) announced that starting Saturday, all people over the age of 55 can be vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is the fourth vaccine used in France after the clearance certificate issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday.
The French authorities are counting on speeding up the vaccination campaign. More than 13 of the 67 million French received at least one dose on Wednesday evening. Since the epidemic began, more than 102,000 people have died in France due to infection with the Coronavirus.
Concerned about the spread of Corona mutations, France is also working to tighten entry rules for some non-EU countries: Travelers from India, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Argentina must self-isolate for ten days – regardless of whether they test positive or positive. Negative, declared Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen. Violations can lead to a fine of up to 1,600 francs. (AFP)