This is not a return to the strict confinement of the months of March-June 2020. But the country will indeed find itself, from Sunday, put on pause mode for four weeks.
Emmanuel Macron announced it on Wednesday evening during a televised address from the Elysee Palace: the containment measures currently in force in 19 French departments will be extended from midnight Saturday to the entire territory. All businesses will have to close, except those currently authorized to remain open, starting with food businesses. The schools will also close their doors until the beginning of May, including the Easter school holidays. Teleworking does not become compulsory, but it will have to be “systematized” by companies. Travel will be restricted to less than 10 kilometers for leisure, with the impossibility of going from one department to another without “compelling reasons”. The national curfew remains in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. No new measures have been announced for foreign visitors whose entry into the territory is currently conditional on a compelling reason, a PCR test of less than 72 hours and a voluntary quarantine of seven days.