On the evening of Wednesday, October, 28th, France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced that the country will go back into lockdown as of Friday October 30th.
As a rationale for the difficult decision he stated that this new wave of Covid-19 infections will be “bigger and deadlier than the first”. He invited the people of France to look at the number of hospitalizations and realize the size of the threat. The virus must be “dealt a brutal blow,” he said
Some of the new measures coming into place are that people will only be allowed to leave their homes to go to work(if essential), buy groceries, or a medical emergency. Walks near their place of residency are still allowed.
Schools and essential businesses will remain open, but the hospitality sector and non-essential stores are to be closed until further notice. Non-essential travel will be banned and teleworking must become the norm.
Authorities announced that he measures will remain valid until at least the 1st of December. A periodic evaluation will take place every two weeks.