France partially locked out to fight the second wave of the pandemic


French President Emmanuel Macron has put the country under partial lockdown until December 1 to fight the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.The nation was put on a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nighttime curfew two weeks ago, but that was not enough to stem the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. The curfew initially concerned Paris and eight other major cities, then was extended to 38 other localities, in addition to the overseas territories, a week ago. But as of October 27, there were 33,417 active cases in the country. Along with Spain and Germany, France is currently a hotspot for COVID-19.

From November 30, all of France will be placed under a partial lockdown and all non-essential businesses will have to be closed. Schools, nurseries and businesses deemed essential, such as pharmacies and supermarkets, will remain open. People are encouraged to work from home, but they will not be banned from going to the office. Outside of office hours, people will need to fill out a form in order to get permission to go out for emergencies or work / health reasons like during the first lockdown this spring.

As in Germany, cinemas in France will also be closed, like all theaters.

French cinemas were already struggling since they reopened on June 22 after being closed for nearly three months and this new lockdown could be a fatal blow.

French distributors such as Gaumont, who were set to release films despite the evening curfew, will put those plans on hold until the situation improves. Among the most important releases expected in the coming months is Gaumont’s “Aline, the voice of love”, a film based on the life of Celine Dion.

Despite the restrictions on exposure, the production sector is doing better. Film shoots, for example, should be given special permission to continue during the lockdown.


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