Paris Placed on Maximum Alert Following Rise in Coronavirus Cases

Beginning Monday, Paris and its surrounding suburbs will be placed under heightened restrictions following an uptick on Covid-19 cases. Restaurants will be allowed to operate as long as they observe enhanced safety protocols such as distancing on table. They will not be able to sell alcohol after 10p.m. Bars will not be able to operate starting Tuesday. Sports clubs and facilities will not be open and trade fairs, parties and exhibitions will not be allowed. The restrictions will last for 15 days.

The Guardian: French capital on ‘maximum alert’ with restrictions on public gatherings

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According to The Guardian, the following restrictions are on place for 15 days from Tuesday:

• A ban on events of more than 1,000 people not including staff and security.
• A ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in exterior public places.
• A ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol after 10pm.
• A ban on music in public places after 10pm.
• No student parties or family gatherings allowed in public halls and reception areas.
• University lecture halls, theatres, refectories, and libraries to reduce the number of students at any one time by 50%.
• No visits to care, nursing or retirement homes without an appointment, two people maximum.
• Major shopping and commercial centres to limit the number of people to one customer per 4 sq metres of floor space.

Markets remain open and demonstrations, funerals and marriages at town halls and churches will be allowed. Public transport will continue as now.

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CNBC: Bars in the French capital will close on Tuesday as part of a new package of restrictions designed to stop the spread of the virus but restaurants will be allowed to stay open, with “reinforced precautions”

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As reported by CNBC, Paris has been placed on maximum alert as the Covid-19 incidence rate has exceeded 250 infections per 100,000 among the general public. 

Paris’ police chief Didier Lallement said that from Tuesday, all bars will not be allowed to open, after outlining specific measures on Monday.

Restaurants will be able to remain open while respecting strict protocol, such as distancing between tables, but alcohol will not be allowed to be sold after 10 p.m. Trade fairs, student parties and exhibitions will not be allowed and sports clubs and facilities are not allowed to open, French media reported.