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Starting October 6, Paris will completely close all bars as the French government raises the city’s maximum alarm due to the coronavirus after a long period of high levels of infection.
The restrictions will last for two weeks, and details will be announced on October 5, the office of Prime Minister Jean Castex said.
On October 4, France reported 12,565 cases of Covid-19.
Last week, the city of Marseille in the south closed its bars and restaurants.
The maximum level of warning in France comes into force when the level of infection in this locality exceeds 250 per 100,000 people and at least 30% of the intensive care beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients.
The Prime Minister’s statement explains: “These measures, necessary to combat the spread of the virus, will be applied to Paris and the three departments surrounding it, within two weeks.”
In order to remain open, Parisian restaurants will have to create new sanitary facilities, and university auditoriums must be filled by no more than half.
Restaurants and bistros serving food as well as alcohol may remain open as long as they register customer contact details and close their doors at 10pm.
Working from home should be a priority “now more than ever,” the statement said.
On September 26, France’s second city Marseille closed all bars, restaurants and gyms for two weeks. Public venues, including theaters, museums and cinemas, also had to be closed unless they could impose harsh anti-virus measures.
The measure angered local officials, who said they had not been treated.
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On October 4, France reported nearly 17,000 infections, the highest level since the country began extensive testing.
The French government says it does not want to dispose of another national blockade, but is tightening measures in cities where the virus is concentrated.
In other parts of Europe, a state of emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic as the government fights to control the recurrence of coronavirus disease. From Monday for two weeks, new measures will be in place, including the closure of high schools and the restriction of restaurants and bars to six customers at the table. Primary schools will remain open. In the last two weeks, the Czechs had the second highest number of new cases per 100,000 in Europe after Spain and the fourth highest number of deaths.