Paris will be placed under more restrictions to curb the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, including a demand for more stores to close in the evening, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told BFM TV on Thursday.
Hidalgo said that this would mean that some shops selling food and beverages that remove food at 10 pm local time would be closed, which would come on top of the existing national lock that has been introduced throughout France.
President Emmanuel Macron introduced a new shutdown last month, forcing non-essential stores – such as those that do not sell basic foods or medicines – to close and get people to use signed documents to justify being on the streets.
Nevertheless, the French authorities believed that more action was needed in Paris, as they felt that there were still too many people out in the capital late at night, despite the lock.
New COVID-19 barriers and curbs have aroused resistance throughout Europe even as countries including France and Spain deal with record-breaking infections and hospitals under pressure.
A French government source told Reuters this week that in Paris they had noted “secret parties, raves, private dinners” and felt that stricter measures were needed.
“When you get people who do not play by the rules of the game and therefore endanger the health of a large number of people, that is when you need to introduce new restrictions,” says Hidalgo.
On Wednesday, France reported 40,558 new COVID-19 cases and a further 385 deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll from COVID to 38,674, while the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases amounts to about 1.5 million.