The Grande Braderie de Lille, last year.
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The prefect of the North has decreed the closure of bars from midnight to 6 a.m. on the night of Saturday to Sunday in Lille, the weekend when the famous clearance sale was to be held, the circulation of the Covid intensifying while the precautions are relaxed.
All bars, snacks, food shops or establishments selling alcohol or food will have to remain closed on the territory of Lille, "for the evening of Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 24h00 to 06h00", specifies the prefecture in a statement.
The prefect Michel Lalande made this decision after having observed, "since mid-August, a relaxation of behavior", in particular in the "festive sectors of the city of Lille".
Michel Lalande himself noted Thursday in the company of the police of irregularities concerning the reception capacity of establishments and the rules of distancing, in a lively sector of the city.
2.5 million visitors usually
"These worrying findings of consumer gatherings could impose, in the days to come, new precautionary measures", warns the press release.
These breaches of health rules come as "the incidence rate of the department suddenly climbed to 46.5 or 10 points of increase in a week" and "passed the bar of 65 (case of Covid-19) for 100,000 inhabitants ”in the Lille metropolis, the prefecture is alarmed.
The weekend of August 5 and 6 should have been held the great Braderie de Lille, whose previous editions have seen up to 2.5 million visitors from all over France and abroad rub shoulders in the streets. .
Coinciding with the re-entry period for many students, this gigantic garage sale must this year, pandemic oblige, be replaced by a more modest “clearance sale for traders”.
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"Maintaining the clearance sale would risk creating a new cluster", estimates a scientist