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Source: Republic of France in French The French Republic has issued the following statement:

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The Minister of Solidarity and Health announced on Wednesday September 23, 2020 the creation of enhanced alert and maximum alert zones. Due to the progression of the epidemic, several cities have been placed in maximum alert zones since October 5, 2020. How are these zones defined? What measures can be taken according to this zoning? Closure of bars, ban on gatherings, ban on local festivals or student parties, gauge reduced to 1,000 people… Service-Public.fr explains.

The territory is divided into several zones: green zones, red zones and zones in a state of health emergency. Since the decree of October 14, 2020, the state of health emergency has been declared throughout the territory.

The red zones, that is to say the zones of active circulation of the virus, are now divided into 3 categories:

alert zones;
enhanced alert zones;
maximum alert zones.

The decree of July 10, 2020 provides for extending the powers of the prefect in these red areas . It can take specific measures on its territory to fight against the spread of the virus, in consultation with local elected officials. Since the creation of the 3 alert levels in the red zone on September 23, 2020, the government website specifies the restrictions that can be decided.

Alert zones

The alert zones concern places where the incidence rate is more than 50 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of 7 days but with low circulation among the elderly (less than 50 cases for 100,000 inhabitants) and without, at this stage, a strong impact on resuscitation services.

In these areas, the gauge of festive or family gatherings of people in establishments open to the public (ERP), in particular in party halls and multipurpose rooms and under marquees, tents and structures is reduced to 30 people.

The prefect is empowered to take a number of local measures to reduce the circulation of the virus:

impose the wearing of a mask on the territory or several municipalities, on markets or funfairs, near educational establishments and nurseries, stations and public transport stops, establishments open to the public and businesses;
prohibit gatherings: gatherings declared on a case-by-case basis, rave parties and tecknival parties, student evenings, cultural and festive events;
limit the number of exhibitors in a market, flea market or garage sale;
prematurely shutting down bars and restaurants, withdrawing late opening permits, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the evenings, closing refreshments in sports establishments, banning refreshments during gatherings.

Note: For other types of gatherings such as associative or professional events organized in a village hall, for example, the organizers should be asked to provide for a strict health protocol: wearing a mask is compulsory, people must be seated, in respecting a distance of one seat between two people or groups of less than 10 people, without catering, etc.

Reinforced alert zones

The enhanced alert zones concern places where the incidence rate is more than:

150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of 7 days;
50 cases per 100,000 in the elderly over a 7 day period.

The places in the enhanced alert zone are to date: Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Nice, Rennes, Rouen, Bouches-du-Rhône (outside the Aix-Marseille metropolis).

The restrictions are as follows:

gauge of gatherings set at 1,000 people;
case-by-case ban of events of less than 1000 people in establishments open to the public;
ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in public space with the exception of gatherings of a professional nature, passenger transport services, establishments open to the public, funeral ceremonies, guided tours organized by holders of a professional card and markets;
closure of party rooms and multipurpose rooms for any festive and associative activity;
closure of sports halls and gymnasiums (except activities of school groups, extracurricular or minors, professional and high-level athletes, continuing education, and outdoor activities);
early closing of bars, no later than 10 p.m.
as of October 5, university classrooms or lecture halls can only be filled to a maximum of 50% of their capacity.

The prefect can take additional measures:

close enclosed swimming pools, after consultation with local elected officials;
prohibit amplified music on public roads and / or in bars and restaurants;
ban flea markets, garage sales and fairgrounds;
encourage teleworking;
strengthen controls by the labor inspectorate;
strengthen the EHPAD protocol and hygiene and protection measures for the elderly in EHPAD and at home;
strengthen the timing of public transport during rush hour.

Maximum alert zones

The maximum alert zones relate to places where:

the incidence rate is over:
250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 7-day period;
100 new cases per 100,000 population in the elderly over a 7-day period;

the share of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units reaches 30%.

The places placed in the maximum alert zone are: the metropolis of Aix-Marseille and Guadeloupe since September 23. Paris and the three departments of the inner suburbs (Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne) since October 5. Grenoble, Lille, Lyon and Saint-Étienne since October 10, 2020. Toulouse and Montpellier from October 13, 2020.

The measures taken in consultation between the Prefect and the local elected representatives are as follows:

total closure of bars;
closure of establishments open to the public unless there is already a strict sanitary protocol. Cultural places such as theaters, cinemas and museums are therefore not concerned because health protocols have already been put in place. Restaurants will also have to respect a strict sanitary protocol, drawn up by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.
encourage teleworking as much as possible for all the activities for which it is possible;
as of October 5, university classrooms or lecture halls can only be filled to a maximum of 50% of their capacity.

The prefect can take additional measures:

prohibit access to beaches, lakes, bodies of water and rivers;
limit the use of public transport during rush hour;
introduce compelling reasons to go to other overseas departments (Guadeloupe).

Namely: If the health situation deteriorates in these areas, they may be placed in a state of health emergency.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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