Parts of northern France but also the south-east whete I live will go back into full lockdown from midnight today to battle spiralling Covid-19 infection rates.
The départements are mainly in northern France and the Paris region where Covid-19 infections have been surging in recent weeks.
While the national infection rate stands at 266 cases per 100,000 inhabitants the incidence rate in the Paris region of Île-de-France was 446 per 100,000 and in Hauts-de-France the rate was 382 per 100,000.
One département in the south east – Alpes-Maritimes (incidence rate 418 / 100,000), which includes my home town of Nice and part of the French Riviera, will also go into full lockdown instead of just the weekend lockdown imposed last month.
Schools in these départements will remain open but we’ll still be subject to the nightly curfew which has been imposed nationwide since the end of the second lockdown on 15th December.
From Saturday the curfew will begin at 7pm rather than 6pm to take into account of the clocks changing and the start of daylight saving time – whopee!
We’ll be allowed to exercise or get some fresh air for an unlimited amount of time each day as long but only within 10km from home. Again, we’ll need an “exemption certificate” (attestation) as during previous lockdowns.
More importantly, we’ll not be able to travel outside of our départements under the new lockdown nor will visitirs be allowed to travel from other parts of France.
Only essential shops and stores remain open, luckily this includes bookshops, though not hairdressers. By the time this is over, people will be calling me Rapunzel. My hair is already half-way down my back.
The full list of départements is as follows: