Complete four-week lockdown for 16 departments in France
The lockdown will apply to all the departments of Ile-de-France and Hauts-de-France plus Eure, Seine-Maritime and Alpes-Maritimes.
The curfew was pushed back due to lighter evenings, but Prime Minister Jean Castex said it should not become a pretext for barbecues with friends or social gatherings in parks or other public spaces.
“This choice to have fewer restrictions on the possibilities of leaving home must be accompanied by real vigilance,” he said.
The curfew will be maintained under the same rules as today, in all departments, but its start time will change from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. pic.twitter.com/Aa53RkXBV8
– Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) 18 mars 2021
Group gatherings should be avoided and prefects will be responsible for prohibiting access to certain public spaces, he said.
The prime minister also said the new lockdown measures could be extended to other departments if necessary.