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France Imposes COVID-19 Curfew

October 15, 2020

To curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in France, a night-time curfew has been put in place.

The country currently has 779 063 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Out of that total, 33 037 have succumbed to the virus, while 103 413 others have recovered.

However, there has been a dramatic surge in “second wave” infections, with more than 20 000 daily cases emerging in the past few days.

During a televised interview on Wednesday, 14 October, President Emmanuel Macron announced that a curfew – which will start at 9PM and end at 6AM – will be imposed in nine French cities.

The following cities will be affected: Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Paris, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

Visiting restaurants and private homes will not be allowed during the curfew, although essential trips will be permitted. Anyone found breaking it will be fined €135.

The curfew will go into effect at midnight on Saturday, 17 October, and will last for four weeks.