Reconfinement in 16 departments and curfew shifted to 7 p.m. from midnight

As the epidemic situation worsens in France, Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced a new series of measures aimed at slowing the progression of Covid-19.

Sixteen departments put under cover, but no closure for schools and colleges

The inhabitants of Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Alpes-Maritimes, Eure and Seine-Maritime must prepare to live confined from the evening of Friday March 19, 2021. In the 16 departments concerned, the travel certificate is therefore back. The Interior Ministry has not yet provided the form on its website, but the reasons for leaving will remain largely unchanged. The only big difference: walks will be authorized without any time limit, within a radius of 10 km around the home (and no longer 1 km).

Another difference compared to the first confinement, a year ago: schools and colleges will remain open. Indoor sports lessons will resume, without masks. As for the high schools, they will switch to “half-gauge”: at any time, only 1 in 2 students can be present in class, the other half will follow the courses remotely.

Travel between the “red” and “green” zones will be prohibited.

One thing will remain unchanged, however: in the 16 departments affected by the re-containment, “non-essential” businesses will have to close. Booksellers and record stores will nevertheless be allowed to open. From the evening of March 19, 2021, interregional travel between the “red” and “green” zones will be prohibited except for compelling or professional reasons.

The curfew is maintained throughout the territory, but it is now postponed to 7 p.m. Getting home for 6pm was indeed complicated for many people who work or study. Regarding teleworking, for “teleworkable” positions the rule of a minimum of 4 days of teleworking per week remains. The Labor Inspectorate will ensure compliance with this rule by business leaders and will continue to punish offenders.