A bar in France. The French capital has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases and was recently designated a "red zone", imposing a number of restrictions on public gatherings and the sale of alcohol.
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LONDON – Paris and its surrounding suburbs were put on "maximum alert" on Monday as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the city.
Bars in the French capital will close on Tuesday as part of a new restriction package to stop the virus from spreading. However, according to France 24, restaurants may remain open with "increased precautionary measures".
The Paris police chief Didier Lallement explained the specific measures on Monday and said that from Tuesday not all bars will be allowed to open.
"These are braking measures because the epidemic is progressing too quickly," Lallement told journalists, the AFP news agency reported. "All bars will be closed from tomorrow."
The restaurants can operate in accordance with strict protocols such as: B. the distance between the tables, remain open. However, alcohol may no longer be sold after 10:00 p.m. Fairs, student festivals and exhibitions are not allowed and sports clubs and facilities are not allowed to open, reported French media. The measures last 15 days.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said next to the police chief on Monday: "We will be vigilant to get out of this situation." On Sunday, Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne pleaded with people in the affected areas to work from home if possible.
France reported nearly 17,000 new cases on Saturday and another 12,565 confirmed infections on Sunday. This comes from official public health data, bringing the total number of cases to 629,509, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Paris has been put on high alert as the public Covid-19 incidence rate has exceeded 250 infections per 100,000. The maximum alarm is also triggered if two other criteria are met – if the incidence rate for people over 65 is over 100 per 100,000 people and if at least 30% of the beds in intensive care units are reserved for Covid-19 patients.
"We love to drink"
France has contained a second wave of coronavirus cases that began in August. France's second largest city, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding area, as well as the overseas territory of Guadaloupe, have also been put under the maximum alarm protocol in the past two weeks.
Aurelien Rousseau, head of the Paris regional health authority, who was among officials on Monday announcing restrictive measures, said there was no point in ignoring the gravity of the situation and tweeted on Sunday: "I see no reason for the refusal. The numbers are there, they weigh heavily. "
In comments posted on Sunday, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said closing bars and cafes was "difficult" for the public.
"We are French, we love to drink, to eat, to live, to smile and to kiss each other", he told the broadcasters LCI and Europe 1 on Sunday. "But we do it because the people want it too" , he added.