France lockdown to end on December 15

France says the second lockdown, which lasted six weeks, will be lifted from the Tuesday, December 15.

Prime Minister Jean Castex told the media that the curfew would be enforced at night, from 20:00 to 06:00, for at least three weeks from then. Its purpose is to prevent uncontrollable night parties and gatherings that may occur during the festive season. Accordingly, this night curfew will be implemented in the same manner at the beginning of the year 2021.

The Prime Minister also explained about the special programs that will be implemented after December 15. According to the Prime Minister; The lockdown will be lifted on August 15 and the departure from home will not require a certification or lockdown permit. However, a curfew will be introduced from 8pm to 6am.

The French Prime Minister said that cinemas, theatres and other cultural centers, which were scheduled to reopen on December 15, would remain closed until at least January 7, and bars, restaurants and gyms would remain closed until January 20 as planned.

He added that the rules on religious services remain the same and the curfew will be lifted on December 24, but the curfew will not be lifted on December 31 as previously proposed.

Curfew is strictly enforced and only the following reasons are accepted for staying outside between 8pm and 6am. These include work, essential family reasons (including family trips), medical reasons, providing assistance to a person in need, and dog walking (exercise is not allowed during the curfew).

Under the curfew, certification is required for every trip out of the house, and anyone found without a form at night will be fined 135 euros.

The Prime Minister said that one person was hospitalized due to Covid-19 every minute and a Covid patient was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) every seven minutes during the last 24 hours.

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