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Coronavirus in France: Prime Minister announces closure of cafes, shops, restaurants and cinemas

Issued on: 14/03/2020 – 20:08Modified: 14/03/2020 – 20:12

France will shut most shops, restaurants..

By admin , in Health , at March 15, 2020

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France will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight on Saturday as part of measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.


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He was speaking at a news conference after the public health authority said 91 people had died in France and almost 4,500 were now infected.

Philippe said the government had been left with no choice but to take the decision because too many people were still out in the streets and not sufficiently applying measures that were recently announced. That, he said, was helping accelerate the spread of the virus.

“I have decided to close all non-indispensable locations,” he said, adding that exceptions to the shop ban would include food stores, pharmacies and petrol stations.

“We must absolutely limit our movements.”

However, he said local elections on Sunday would go ahead.

Seront notamment fermés les restaurants, cafés, cinémas, discothèques et commerces. Resteront en revanche ouverts les magasins et marchés alimentaires, les pharmacies, les stations essence, les banques, les bureaux de tabac et de presse. #COVIDー19 More – Source