As cities around the world follow protocols that helped China mitigate the spread of COVID19, one of the most effective methods has been to implement a nation wide lockdown. The possibility of a Canada-wide shutdown is already in discussion so we should expect to have similar restrictions in our movements as we are seeing from reports coming out of Europe.
As France follows Italy and Spain in enforcing a mandatory lockdown in the face of the worsening coronavirus epidemic, the instructions from the government are simple: stay at home. Limited movement while respecting the containment rules is, however, possible. RFI breaks down the do's and don’ts.
For 15 days, from Tuesday March 16th midday, all people circulating on France’s streets will have to justify, upon request, their “essential” reason for leaving their homes via this sworn statement, downloadable from the Interior Ministry website (those without a printer may hand write their statement on loose paper).
A force of 100,000 police officers have been deployed to enforce the lockdown. Gathering with family or friends, picnicking in public spaces or engaging in group sports are strictly banned.
Those without a valid reason for being outside will be subject a fine of between 38 and 135 euros. Over 4000 fines have already been issued to date.
Public transport will continue to circulate at a reduced frequency.
Tolerated reasons for venturing outside include:
— kalysté (@kalyste34) March 17, 2020
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