France: the government unveils the modalities of the reconfinement

Prime Minister Jean Castex announces the re-containment measures on October 28 from Matignon.


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At a press conference, the French government detailed the re-containment measures that enter into force this Friday, October 30.


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  • Reconfinement in Martinique

In the Overseas Territories, the re-containment will only be applied in Martinique, a territory where the epidemic is increasing sharply.

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, had indicated Wednesday evening in his speech that if the reconfinement will take place throughout the national territory, " 


 " were planned for overseas, taking into account an overseas epidemic situation sometimes different from the hexagon.

  • Travel limited to one hour per day within a radius of 1 kilometer

Travel to exercise or walk his animal will be possible for " 

one hour maximum

 " and within " 

a radius of one kilometer from the home,

 " said Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday.

As during the spring confinement " 

you will only be able to leave your home for certain reasons and provided with a certificate

 " and it will not be possible " 

to travel within the national territory, including from a main residence to a secondary residence

 ", Added the head of government, specifying that" 

a fixed fine of 135 euros will be applied in the event of non-compliance with confinement


In order to " 


 " daily life, " 

two permanent certificates may also be issued

 ", one by the employer "for travel between home and work" and the other " 

by the school

 " for children's home-school trips.

  • Closed shops and restaurants will be able to deliver

Restaurants and businesses closed due to health protocols linked to reconfinement will be able to deliver to their customers, who will also be able to come and collect orders online.


The closed businesses as well as the restaurants will not be able to welcome the public but will be able to continue to operate for delivery activities and the withdrawal of orders

 ”, declared Jean Castex.

  • Places of worship open, religious ceremonies prohibited

Jean Castex announced that religious ceremonies will be prohibited during the reconfinement, " 

except for burials up to the limit of 30 people and for weddings up to the limit of six people


Places of worship will remain open, on the other hand, religious ceremonies will be prohibited,

 " Castex recalled during his press conference detailing the measures of the containment.

A tolerance will be applied for the ceremonies planned this weekend of All Saints' Day, as well as for trips to cemeteries and flower shops

 ," said the head of government.

  • Wearing a mask from the CP

The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer has promised “ 

a proactive testing policy with priority for educational personnel



We will continue to close structures whenever necessary,

 ” he said.

The new protocol, which will govern schools " 

prepared since July

 ", provides in particular for the wearing of a mask from the CP, a limitation of the mixing of students with arrivals and departures spread over time, " 

travel limited to the maximum

 " and recreations " 

in groups

", added the Minister of Education.

Jean-Michel Banquer on the other hand did not mention the reception of half-groups of students only, demanded by several unions.

He simply spoke for the high schools of a “ 


 ” which will be left to the school heads for the organization of the protocol. 

  • 15 billion euros per month for business aid

Support measures for businesses to help them overcome the reconfinement amount to 15 billion euros per month, said the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, " 

about 6 billion euros for the Solidarity Fund, 7 billion euros for partial activity


one billion euros for exemptions from social contributions, one billion euros to cover part of the rents of companies

 ", detailed the minister.

  • Tax credit for landlords who waive rents

The owners who will give up " 

at least one month's rent

 " between October and December for certain companies will benefit from a tax credit, said, also, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire.

The companies concerned are those of " 

less than 250 employees

 " which " 

are administratively closed" or belong "to the hotel, cafes, catering and cultural sectors", he said.

Lessors will be able to benefit from a tax credit representing “30% of the amount of abandoned rents


  • Telework becomes "

    an obligation



Teleworking is not an option.

This obligation will be included in the new version of the national company protocol

 ”indicated the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne.

She detailed three scenarios.


First scenario, a worker who can carry out all his tasks by teleworking must do so 5 days out of 5. Second scenario, those who cannot carry out all their tasks remotely can devote part of their time to the workplace, this is the case for example in a design office for an engineer or a technician, or for an architect who needs specific equipment to work


For the “ 

third scenario

 ”, which “ 

concerns certain trades cannot be carried out remotely

 ”, such as in businesses that remain open, in construction, agriculture or “all stakeholders at home”, specified the Minister, “ 

It will be necessary to have a certificate from the employer


► To read also: Covid: the main announcements of Emmanuel Macron on the reconfinement





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