The task promised to be difficult for the executive and the arbitrations were studied to the end.
Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French this Tuesday evening, to unveil the new rules that will apply to them in the coming weeks.
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The executive had to take into account many constraints.
Of course, the epidemic situation is improving.
"The peak of the second wave of the epidemic has passed," noted Emmanuel Macron, welcoming the efforts of the French.
But the head of state did not especially want to believe that the life before was going to resume.
“We need to be extra vigilant.
Of course, we have slowed down the circulation of the virus, but it remains important, ”he warned.
The president this evening tried to set a course.
And to give a little glimmer of hope
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as the holidays approach.
Update on the evening announcements.
Shops will reopen on Saturday
For weeks, traders have argued the need to reopen their doors as soon as possible.
A question of survival, their representatives said.
Discontent crystallized around supermarkets, which had to resolve to sell only so-called basic necessities.
The controversy was revived by the approach of Black Friday, and the heavy economic issues of the end of the year holidays.
They have been heard.
Shops will be able to reopen their doors on Saturday, until 9 p.m. at the latest.
However, they will have to respect very strict health constraints, warned Emmanuel Macron.
The reopening of all businesses alone raised the question of maintaining the certificates to justify our trips.
But the government wants to make the French understand that the time is not for slackening.
They will therefore be maintained until mid-December, but with new reasons for travel.
"The system of certificates will remain in force because that is what enabled us to obtain results," warns the Head of State.
We will have to continue to stay at home, to telework when possible ”.
But the rule of the radius of one kilometer, it will be considerably widened from Saturday, passing to a radius of 20 kilometers and for three hours.
Family Christmas curfews
The government, however, hopes to be able to loosen the screw soon, by mid-December.
A curfew should thus replace confinement from
This is what will allow the French to join their families for the Christmas holidays.
This was one of the biggest questions before the presidential speech, while some in the government feared that this reunion would turn into "covid nests"?
Emmanuel Macron announced this evening that the French will be able to meet up with their family for the end of the year celebrations.
The curfew will even be lifted for the evenings of December 24 and 31, although outdoor gatherings will be prohibited.
But faced with the risks generated by these gatherings, Emmanuel Macron called for the greatest vigilance.
“During the holidays at the end of the year, we will all find our loved ones.
But if we do not want to undergo a third confinement, we must redouble our vigilance, wear the mask, including at home.
We should also take care not to be too numerous at the table, to respect barrier gestures and to ventilate the rooms ”.
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Still on the subject of holidays, Emmanuel Macron finally decided not to allow the opening of ski resorts.
The reopening seemed "impossible" to him for the holidays.
Resumption of religious ceremonies
For three weeks, and the implementation of confinement, places of worship have only been open for the individual practice of the faith, weddings (limited to 6 people) and burials.
Freedom being a constitutional right, the government has made it a priority.
The noose will therefore be released this Saturday.
In recent days, exchanges have increased between the executive and religious communities.
The latter will once again be able to organize ceremonies, again respecting very strict sanitary measures.
Religious ceremonies cannot accommodate more than 30 people
Reopening of museums, theaters and cinemas on December 15
It was accepted that deconfinement would be gradual, but cultural places could have good hopes of resuming their activity fairly quickly.
Since the end of the first confinement of the name, these establishments have effectively been able to implement health protocols to best ensure the safety of employees and the public.
Cinemas, theaters and museums will be able to reopen from December 15, announced Emmanuel Macron.
As long as the sanitary situation allows it.
This implies that the number of patients in intensive care is less than 2,300 and that the number of new infections does not exceed 5,000 per day.
Bars, restaurants and gyms have to wait
They have suffered badly since the start of the crisis and will have to wait a little longer.
At this stage, the government believes that the reopening of bars and restaurants would be hasty, because compliance with barrier gestures is considered much more difficult.
The head of state did not even give a precise timetable for the bars.
Hope is a little bigger for restaurants and gyms.
The Head of State has left open the possibility of resuming activity on January 20, if health conditions allow.
To help all establishments that will remain closed, Emmanuel Macron is offering them new assistance, relating to a payment corresponding to 20% of their 2019 turnover if the latter turns out to be more advantageous than the monthly compensation, which may recall - reach 10,000 euros per month.
Hope for a vaccine
As governments around the world try to control the epidemic, the vaccine race continues.
It is moving fast, with successive and promising announcements this month from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca laboratories on Monday.
For Emmanuel Macron, the provision of an effective vaccine should serve as a reason for hope.
"Our strategy is based on several vaccines, some will remain available in January and a second generation will arrive in the spring," explained Emmanuel Macron.
A scientific committee will be responsible for monitoring the vaccination. I want the vaccination to take place in a completely transparent framework, by sharing all the information at each stage.
The most fragile and the oldest people will be the first to be able to be vaccinated, from the end of December or the beginning of January.