PARIS—French authorities placed the particular Paris region on optimum virus alert on Mon, banning festive gatherings plus requiring all bars in order to close but allowing dining places to remain open.

Paris police prefect Didier Lallement announced the new limitations would apply at least for your next two weeks.

“We are continuously changing to the reality of the malware. We are taking measures in order to slow down (its spread), ” he said.

French authorities consider pubs to be major infection hot-spots because patrons don’t regard social distancing rules just as much as they do at restaurants.

Starting on Wednesday, bars will be closed within Paris and its suburbs. Pupil parties and all other joyful and family events within establishments open to the public is going to be banned.

People have a drink in a cafe patio in Paris

People have a drink in a cafe patio in Paris

People enjoy a drink inside a cafe terrace in Paris, france, on Sept. 26, 2020. (Lewis Joly/AP Photo)

Restaurants will remain open below strict conditions. They incorporate a minimum one-meter (three-foot) range between each table, organizations limited to six people rather than 10 previously, and a demand to register customers’ names plus phone numbers to help alert people who may have been exposed to someone using the coronavirus .

Interior sport facilities, including pools, will only be open to kids aged under 18. Fitness centers are already closed.

Cinemas, theaters, and museums will remain open with stringent sanitary rules, but festivals and professional shows will not be allowed.

Authorities have maintained the particular limit of 1, 000 vistors per day at big sports activities events, allowing the Roland-Garros tennis tournament to continue since planned this week.

The director of the Local Health Authority, Aurelien Rousseau, said about 3, five hundred new cases of infections are confirmed on average every day in the Paris region, plus 36 percent of ICU beds in the area are entertained by COVID-19 individuals.

The notify has already been raised to the optimum level for 12 times in the southern city of Marseille and nearby Aix-en-Provence, and also the French overseas territory associated with Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean.

Authorities ordered the particular shutdown of all general public venues, including bars plus restaurants in these areas, which usually prompted several demonstrations through angry business owners in Marseille.

On Mon, local authorities announced restaurants within Marseille and Aix-en-Provence might reopen on condition they will respect the same restrictions as with Paris.

The nation, one of the hardest hit within Europe, has reported thirty-two, 230 virus-related deaths because the beginning of the pandemic.

By Sylvie Corbet