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Partial containment in Pas-de-Calais begins this Saturday morning and will be in effect for four weekends, i.e. until March 28, to curb an outbreak of the covid-19 epidemic, particularly in areas near Dunkirk. . “It was decided to set up partial confinement on weekends for four consecutive weekends” which will come into force on Saturday at 6 am after the curfew, announced the prefect, Louis le Franc.

With certificate and mask, without alcohol or music

A derogatory certificate will be required to travel during these hours, for various reasons such as essential purchases or brief trips of 5 km around the home for one hour. The prefect also announced the generalization of the wearing of masks throughout the department, including in rural areas, the ban on alcohol consumption and the broadcasting of music on public roads, as well as the closure of stores with a floor space of over 5,000 m².

Friday, the mood was rather dark in Arras, on the eve of this first confined weekend and in the face of measures taken in improvisation and without guarantee of effectiveness, according to many traders and residents. “When we speak with customers, three quarters of people are still not aware that it is tomorrow,” said Justine, a saleswoman in a women’s clothing store in the city center, adding: “We received neither email nor mail, we had to look on the internet to confirm that we were not allowed to open. It would still be good not to leave the traders to fend for themselves, we have a lot of things to reorganize, especially the arrivals ”.

“Four Saturdays is really a big blow”

For traders, the shortfall is all the greater as the curfew has focused customers even more on Saturdays. Suddenly, “four Saturdays, it’s really a big blow,” worries Sarah Pruvost, in another clothing store. She tries to organize herself “according to what came out in the newspapers”: “We still have to see if we are entitled to partial unemployment or not. When we see that the big cities continue to live and that we, a small town like Arras, we have to stop everything, it’s hard ”.

If this measure already affects the inhabitants of Nice and the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes, on the other hand, the Paris region, where six departments out of eight have an incidence rate of more than 300 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (over seven days), well above the maximum alert threshold of 250, escaped this measure. “The hospital health burden is not the same in the Hauts-de-France region and in Ile-de-France”, argued Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, on RMC-BFMTV.

On the whole of the territory, the reinforced surveillance concerns 23 departments, where the executive invites “not to go out, as much as possible” of the borders. Still, the confinement this weekend for the only department of Pas-de-Calais has aroused the discontent of several elected officials from the North, like the deputy LR Pierre-Henri Dumont who denounces an “intolerable double standards”.

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