Emanuel Macron has loosened his sentence of imprisonment, which will be replaced by curfew from 15 December. But he called on the French to take responsibility for the year-end celebrations, as the nation crossed the 50,000 deaths due to Kovid-19 on Tuesday.
“We must continue our efforts,” asked the head of state during a television address a month after the start of the second’s imprisonment. “We must do everything to avoid a third wave, a third imprisonment”, he insisted.
Welcoming the dynamics of the population, he welcomed the fact that the circulation of the virus had “slowed down”, but the Kovid-19 is “very present” like the rest of Europe in France.
Three phase relief
As a result, Emanuel Macron announced that the easing of sanctions would take place in three phases by 20 January. Its implementation will depend on the development of the epidemic, he warned.
This exemption will start from Saturday: imprisonment is maintained but the certificate will allow you to travel 20 km from home, instead of 1K, and three hours instead of one.
Emmanuel Macron reopens the so-called “non-essential” businesses, such as bookstores or clothing stores, by 9:00 a.m. on Christmas shopping. At the end of the day, “strict sanitary protocol”.
“I know how great the expectation is and how much it contributes to our daily lives in our city centers”, the head of state acknowledged, following a strong mobilization of professionals in recent weeks.
Specifically requested by some Catholics, the reopening of places of worship will take effect this weekend, but a maximum of 30 people. However, restaurants and bars will remain closed.
The sentence of imprisonment ended on 15 December
The second phase is set for December 15, the day the “incarceration can be lifted” if the state of health is allowed, announced the head of state. It will be replaced by a curfew across the country from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Eve on the 24th and New Year’s Eve, when traffic will be free.
The truce has been decided at the end of the year by several neighboring countries, such as the United Kingdom, allowing family reunions from 23 December to 27 December, while Germany has plans to limit the number of people to ten. Number of participants in the family ceremony.
From December 15, cinemas, theaters and museums may reopen, but ceremonies and festive events will be banned. Sports activities for minors will also be authorized again from Saturday and then indoors from 15 December.
But, Emmanuel Macron cautioned, “It seems impossible for me to envisage an opening for ski resort holidays.” The third phase will begin on 20 January with the possible reopening of the restaurant and sports hall. However, no dates have been set for bars and night clubs.
The president said high schools could then be “fully open, with all students” if the daily pollution count is below 5,000. Two weeks later, the university will follow.
Vaccines in late December
Vaccination, which will not be mandatory, “may begin” in late January “for the most fragile people”, Emmanuel Macron said. France, along with the European Union, required “safe the number of doses”, he assured.
After failures in masks and tests, the executive knows that it cannot fail on the subject of vaccines, especially when elections show skepticism to the population about the interest of being vaccinated. A second generation of the vaccine is expected in the spring, following the first vaccines available in late December.
For the tests, the head of state promised a maximum 24-hour period for the results in January, the slowness of which has so far failed in the strategy to examine and isolate patients.
It also promises deployment of rapid antigenic tests across the country.
The heads of state also wanted the government and parliament to “provide conditions to ensure segregation of infected people, in a more restrictive way”. “There should be a real democratic debate”, according to him.
On the economic front, Emanuel Macron announced that bars, restaurants and sports halls would benefit from additional support, paying solidarity funds for companies up to 20% of their turnover if this amount exceeds 10,000 euros.