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President Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday for the “mobilization of everyone in April” in the face of the Covid-19 health crisis in France. he said the country was facing an “acceleration” of the epidemic that spared no region and announced a series of new restrictions.
In a new speech, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday March 31 new restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19. After having admitted having “made mistakes” in the management of the health crisis but having also “learned”, here are the measures to remember.
- Generalized confinement
Faced with the rise in health curves, Emmanuel Macron is extending the restrictions already in force in 19 departments to the entire territory for four weeks, from Saturday. These measures in place in Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France and three other departments include the closure of certain shops and the ban on moving more than 10 km, said the head of state.
- Closure of nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools
Schools, nurseries, colleges and high schools will close for three weeks in France, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday, as part of measures intended to stem the acceleration of the Covid-19 epidemic. Students will be able to continue to attend university one day per week
As of next week, the head of state said in a speech from the Elysee Palace, classes will be at home, then the entire country will be placed on spring break the following two weeks, with a start of the school year scheduled for April 26 for all face-to-face for nursery and primary students and remote for middle and high school students.
- School holidays from April 12 to 26, all areas combined
The spring school holidays will take place throughout the territory from April 12 to 26 in an attempt to limit the circulation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France, Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday.
“I know that this reorganization involves profound changes for the parents of students and for the families, but it is the most suitable solution to curb the virus, while preserving the education and therefore the future of our children” , pleaded the Head of State.
- Travel between regions
Travel between regions will be authorized during the Easter weekend, announced Emmanuel Macron, a tolerance before the application of the travel restrictions established for four weeks throughout the territory. will be able to do so during this Easter weekend “. And to continue: “French women and men living abroad who want to return to France can also do so at any time.”
- “Additional reinforcements” in resuscitation
President Emmanuel Macron announced “additional reinforcements” in intensive care to cope with the influx of serious patients with Covid-19 and to go “in the coming days” to more than 10,000 beds, against 7,665 currently.
“I want to thank the medical students, the retirees, the army health service, all the volunteers of the health reserve. All are mobilized, will be mobilized in an increased way to bring in the coming days, our capacity to a little more of 10,000 beds “, he declared, referring to the opening of new reception capacities in certain Parisian hospitals, in particular to avoid” too much deprogramming “of surgical operations.
- Support schemes for companies and long-term employees
All the support measures for employees and companies currently in force will be extended in the context of the tightening of restrictions to deal with the health crisis, added Emmanuel Macron.
“As for a year, economic and social support will be there, parents who will have to look after their children and cannot telework will be entitled to partial unemployment, and for employees and traders, the self-employed, entrepreneurs and companies, all the devices currently in force will be extended, “detailed the president.
- Vaccination extended to over 60s
Vaccination against Covid-19 will be extended to all people over the age of 60 on April 16, then to all those over 50 on May 15, announced Emmanuel Macron.
People under 50 will follow in mid-June and “by the end of the summer, all French people over 18 who wish to be able to be vaccinated,” said the head of state.
- Opening of places of worship
The places of culture could reopen in France from mid-May while respecting a strict sanitary protocol. Emmanuel Macron added that a reopening schedule would be built by the summer of places of worship and terraces.