Montpellier and Toulouse on “high alert”

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The prefectures of the departments of Haute-Garonne and Hérault announced last night (Sunday, October 11) that Toulouse and Montpellier would become “maximum” Covid alert zones from tonight.The two cities and their surroundings will now be subject to additional health restrictions such as the closure of certain public establishments (including bars, sports centers, dance halls and casinos) and the limitation of the number of customers in the centers. commercial. Restaurants will be able to remain open with additional health protocols in place.

Restrictions in and around Montpellier

In Hérault the new measures will affect Montpellier and the communes of Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Saint-Clément-de-Rivière, Teyran, Palavas-les-Flots, Saint-Aunès, Mauguio and Montarnaud.

In a statement, the prefecture said the restrictions “will limit large gatherings, prevent risky activities and regulate other types of activities to allow economic and social life to continue.”

Mayor protests against restrictions in Toulouse

In Haute-Garonne, the city of Toulouse and sixteen communes will be affected: Colomiers, Tournefeuille, Blagnac, Plaisance-du-Touch, Cugnaux, Balma, Castanet-Tolosan, Saint-Orens-de-Gameville, Labège, Aucamville, Launaguet, L’Union, Portet-sur-Garonne, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, Auzeville-Tolosane, and Quint-Fonsegrives.

In a statement, the prefecture said that the three criteria for placing the city of Toulouse in the maximum alert zone had been met. He writes: “The incidence rate is greater than 250 per 100,000 inhabitants (252.7), the incidence rate for people over 65 is higher per 100,000 inhabitants (153.7) and the number number of intensive care patients in Occitania is more than 30% (31.1%). ”

However, the mayor of Toulouse opposed the decision to put in place new sanitary rules in the city, including the complete closure of bars.

Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc told news source FranceInfo yesterday: “There are measures with which I do not agree, such as the complete closure of bars.

“I think the spread is minimal in such places, and these are basically private spaces where the spread of the virus is happening today. It is the responsibility of the individual, the attitude of each, which counts more than tormenting an economy already in bad shape.

Prime Minister calls for more social distancing in homes

Prime Minister Jean Castex also called on the French to limit social interactions at home. Speaking today (12 October) at the press service FranceInfo he said: “I can’t regulate private spaces, but there is someone who can: the owner, the current resident.

“I ask people to respect barrier measures in private spaces as they would in public spaces.”

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