Last night (Wednesday October 14, 2020) Emmanuel Macron decreed a total curfew in Paris and its region, “where the virus is circulating very actively“, as well as in the metropolitan areas of Lille, Grenoble, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne.
These cities, which have a concentration of 20 million inhabitants, are the most affected by the resumption of the epidemic since the start of the school year and the government plans to extend the measure until December 1 if Parliament authorizes it.
We are in a situation which is worrying and which justifies that we are neither inactive nor in panic “
VIDEO: the announcement of the curfew in Rouen by Emmanuel Macron live on France 2 and TF1 on October 14, 2020
The latest figures show a further worsening of the situation with more than 100 dead and 193 people admitted to intensive care over 24 hours. The epidemic has already killed more than 32,000 people in France.
In order to succeed in reducing the number of contaminations “per day” from 20,000 (currently) to 3,000 or 5,000 “,” we must take more stringent measures “than those taken in recent months, said the head of state.
The day after the announcement of the establishment of a curfew at 9 p.m., among the first reactions collected in the streets of downtown Rouen, the feeling of incomprehension dominates:
We are completely handicapped: that is to say, so that the evening service will be kept to a minimum!
So, for us, it’s a considerable loss of turnover… “
Franz Lefebvre, from the restaurant “Les Maraîchers” on the Vieux-Marché square in Rouen
We have ventilation systems that are extremely important. We have health protocols, masks, hydro-alcoholic gel, human safety and video: that’s why we are in total incomprehension!
We at home are safe.
At home, no. “
Gérald Leudière, manager of the “33 Club” place du Vieux-Marché in Rouen
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VIDEO: first reactions in Rouen the day after the announcement of a curfew. Report: Myriam Libert and Didier Meunier (editing: Juliette Bondil)
In a press release, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, Mayor of Rouen and President of Métropole-Rouen-Normandie reacted to the announcements of the President of the Republic:
“This is terrible news. I think of the families of COVID victims and patients; to all our health personnel, exemplary of courage in the face of a health situation which continues to deteriorate. I am also thinking of all those whose lives, already so hard, will be turned upside down by these new restrictions: cafes, bars, restaurants, local shops; those who work in the world of events, tourism, culture, sport …
The blow is more than harsh. “
“One day we will have to take stock of this period and the political choices, by asking a simple question: how did we get there? But the time has not come to take stock. Now is the time to fight the virus, to republican cohesion, to action. There is the State, there are the territories. Local elected officials must also take their responsibilities ; I take mine. ”
First, by forcefully expressing a simple message:
The hardest hit areas must be given the most help.
If Rouen and its agglomeration are among the 8 territories most severely affected by the new restrictions, then
Rouen and its agglomeration must be part of the 8 territories most heavily supported by the State. “
Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen and president of the Métropole-Rouen-Normandie
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VIDEO – Curfew: the reaction Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen and president of the Métropole-Rouen-Normandie live in JT 12/13 of October 15, 2020 presented by Magali Nicolin
Details this Thursday afternoon
The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, accompanied by the Ministers of Health, Olivier Véran, of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, must detail these new measures during a press conference at 2:00 p.m.
Fines and exemptions
As during the containment last spring, fines of 135 euros will be drawn up in the event of non-compliance with the curfew and exemptions will be granted, for example for those who “come home from work after 9:00 p.m., or who work at night”, indicated the President of the Republic.
On the other hand, there will be no transport restrictions during the curfew, nor travel limits between regions, he said, adding that these measures will not prevent people from going on All Saints holidays which begin Friday evening.
The Saint-Romain fair in Rouen maintained?
While the 2020 edition of the largest funfair in the province was already upset by the measures imposed by the prefecture, in particular the limitation to a thousand people present at the same time, the announcement of a curfew at 9 p.m. the questioning of the fair.
Asked about this this morning live on the France Bleu Normandie radio station, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen and president of the metropolis, calling this curfew “disaster for the territory”, did not rule out a cancellation of the fair. A decision, he added, which depends on the state and which must be studied in the coming days with the prefecture.
Cancellation and financial support from the state?
Late morning, in a press release, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol discussed in more detail the case of the “Saint-Romain”:
“Regarding the Saint-Romain Fair: in the next few days we will see what is actually decided by the Government, and what precisely the curfew implies. In any event.restrictive measures must be applied rigorously and consistently, for all players and throughout the territory concerned. ”
“It is possible, even probable, that these measures make the holding of the Saint-Romain Fair unthinkable, both in terms of health and economics”.
“This is why I ask the Government to bring specific financial assistance for Fairgrounds, as for other traders severely affected by the health crisis. “
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