Nightly curfew announced in major French cities as COVID-19 cases surge

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Published: October 15,2020 01:09 PM
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October 15: French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered a nighttime curfew for Paris and eight other French cities to contain the spread of COVID-19 after daily new infection rates reached

October 15: French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered a nighttime curfew for Paris and eight other French cities to contain the spread of COVID-19 after daily new infection rates reached record levels.



In a televised interview, Macron said residents of those cities – which combined are home to close to a third of the French population – would not be allowed to be outdoors between 9pm (1900 GMT) and 6am (0400 GMT) from Saturday, for a duration of at least four weeks.



Macron said that while the curfew lasts, people would have to forget about night-time visits to restaurants or to friends’ apartments and houses. Essential trips during curfew would still be allowed.



The extraordinary step was part of a battery of new measures to contain the spread, as rising infections begin to fill up hospital beds.



“This virus is dangerous and serious for everyone,” Macron said during a televised interview on Wednesday. “We are at a stage where we need to react.”



"We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus," Macron said, adding the measure would stop people visiting restaurants and private homes in the late evening and night.



"We are going to have to deal with this virus until at least the summer of 2021," Macron said, saying "all scientists" were in agreement on that point.



He said there would be no restrictions on public transport, and people would still be able to travel between French regions without restrictions.



France’s government had already put Paris, seven other cities and the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe under maximum virus alert, closing bars, banning student parties and capping the size of gatherings.