Macron: France may lift quarantine over COVID

09:06, 25 November 2020
Macron: France may lift quarantine over COVID Photo: L.Urman/Global Look Press

France may cancel the quarantine regime on December 15, French President Emmanuel Macron said, RIA Novosti reports.

Depending on the development of the situation and the epidemiological indicators, quarantine may be canceled on December 15. We will be able to move again without permission, including between regions, and spend Christmas in the family, he said.

Macron added that this would be possible if the number of COVID cases per day doesn’t exceed 5,000 people, and 2,500-3,000 people will be in intensive care. But even in this case, after the abolition of quarantine, a curfew will be introduced from 21:00 to 07:00.

The French authorities have decided to ease the quarantine measures taken at the end of October in connection with the spread of the new coronavirus from November 28. From this day, walking and physical activity on the street will be allowed within 20 km and for three hours. Schoolchildren will be allowed to play outside, and the working hours of shops will be extended until 21:00.

France has a nationwide quarantine since October 30. It will be in effect until December 1. The country closed catering establishments, as well as shops that are not on the priority list. Besides, movement from one region of the country to another is prohibited.

The traditional Christmas and New Year’s celebrations should be canceled this year over fears it could lead to another resurgence in COVID, Paris hospital director Julien Lenglet said earlier.