From Saturday January 16, 2021, the curfew from 6 p.m. extends to the whole of France, announced the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, during the weekly press briefing dedicated to Covid-19.
Curfew at 6 p.m.: don’t forget your supporting documents
You will have to get into the habit of going home early, very early. In force since January 2, 2021 in 15 departments of metropolitan France, the curfew from 6 p.m. will be extended to the entire territory from Saturday January 16, 2021, announced the Prime Minister, Jean Castex. According to the Covid-19 Scientific Council, whose observations Jean Castex unveiled, in the departments where this advanced curfew has been implemented, there is an increase in new contaminations 2 to 3 times lower. It was therefore decided to extend this curfew to the entire territory for at least 15 days.
Establishments open to the public must close at 6 p.m. maximum. As is already the case for the 8 p.m. curfew, their employees returning from work will be allowed to move after 6 p.m. if they have a certificate from the employer and an employment contract.
During this press conference, Jean Castex also ruled out for the moment a new confinement. “The health situation does not require that we put in place a new containment, the consequences of which would have been very serious,” he said. Indeed, when the second confinement was put in place, there were more than 50,000 new contaminations per day in France, against around 16,000 today.
Covid-19 vaccination: appointment scheduling starts on January 15, 2021
Regarding the vaccination against Covid-19, it is on January 15, 2021 at 8 a.m. that the appointment will be launched on the Sante.fr site and by telephone on 0 800 009 110 (operational from 6 hours at 10 p.m.). People aged 75 and over can therefore make an appointment from January 15, 2021, and the vaccination centers will welcome the first beneficiaries from Monday, January 18, 2021.
It is also from January 18, 2021 that people of all ages will be able to make an appointment with organ transplants as well as those with the following diseases: cancer, severe renal failure and Down’s syndrome. In all, 6.4 million French people will be eligible to make an appointment from January 18, 2021. For the meeting itself, it will probably be necessary to wait: the vaccination centers will have limited capacities, mainly due to the low stocks of doses of vaccines. Getting an appointment for four weeks from now will not be rare.
Covid-19 tests in schools
The Covid-19 testing capacities will be further increased and will target in particular schools, announced at the same press conference the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. The State aims to carry out 300,000 tests per week in schools : the establishments which will benefit from it will be designated by the regional health agencies. And from 3 cases within the same establishment, the arrival of a screening team will be systematic.
The health protocol will be further strengthened in school canteens: eating meals at the same table for each class in order to avoid crossings between classes. In addition to the final year classes, for which hybrid teaching (in other words, half distance, half face-to-face) will continue, the ministry does not plan at this stage to rehearse the students in order to preserve as possible face-to-face lessons.