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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 27 – 19th October 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 27 – 19th October 2020

Welcome to our twenty-seventh bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about increased safety measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 17 2020.

Increased safety measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 17 2020

These measures apply across the Hérault, with extra measures, (as outlined in Bulletin 26, including 9pm-6am curfew), applying in Montpellier.

Masks
These are now compulsory throughout the whole department in built-up areas (including villages).

Gatherings, Festivals and Social Events
Gatherings, festivals and social events are subject to the following measures:

  • No more than 6 people in any public place (funerals excepted)
  • No more than 1000 people for sporting events.
  • No dancing
  • No consumption of alcohol
  • No amplified music in public places.

Establishments open to the public
For establishments open to the public, the following restrictions apply:

  • Restaurants which open between 6am and midnight – no admission after 10pm, with obligatory masks for service personnel and for customers when standing
  • There must be a register of names and contact numbers of customers
  • Takeaway meals can be made available by home deliveries from 6am to midnight
  • Indoor public places must ensure that there is one seat between groups and all groups must be no more than a maximum of 6 people

Sale and consumption of alcohol
Only licensed premises can sell alcohol and there is a ban on drinking in the street between 8pm and 6am.

Economy and Tourism
Shopping centres and supermarkets must ensure a minimum 4m2 per client.

Places of worship
The wearing of masks is compulsory in places of worship, as is 1m distancing between worshippers.

Powers for local Mayors
Mayors have powers to pass local decrees that require a higher level of compliance at local levels. Mayors have also been given responsibility to ensure compliance at local levels.

Please be aware of any notifications provided by your own Mairie.

Protective measures

  • Keep at distances of 1 metre or more apart
  • Wear masks if less than 1 metre apart, even with family
  • Meet outside wherever possible
  • Wash hands frequently, whenever changing location, and if unable to wash hands, use hydroalcoholic gel of 70% or more strength
  • Air rooms regularly (at least three minutes, three times a day)
  • No more than 6 people together at one table
  • No more than 6 people together from different households – even in the street

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 26 – 16th October 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 26 – 16th October 2020

Welcome to our twenty-sixth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Key points from President Macron’s speech of Wednesday October 14 2020
  • Curfews from 9pm-6am and other related measures from Saturday October 17 2020 in Montpellier, Toulouse and other Maximum Red Alert areas
  • Beziers medical establishments (Beziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) collaborating in contingency plans

Key points from President Macron’s speech of Wednesday October 14 2020

President Macron made a speech on Wednesday October 14 2020, pointing out very clearly that, unlike the first wave, Covid-19 is currently to be found across France, and hospital staff are already tired.

Slow down the virus

His priority was to slow down the spread of the virus in order to:

  • Protect those who are older and/or vulnerable
  • Protect the health service

As a nation of citizens, there is a shared responsibility to slow down the spread of Covid-19 for ourselves and for others.

The aim is to move from a current level of 20,000 new cases a day to 3,000.

The objective is to reduce contacts that increase the danger of viral spread, not to enter into another complete lockdown.

To achieve this, curfew and related measures in Maximum Red Alert areas were announced, and will be enforced from midnight on Saturday October 17 2020 (i.e. midnight of Friday/Saturday).

New app for track and trace from October 22 TOUS ANTI COVID

There will be a new app called TOUS ANTI COVID available from October 22.

There will be clear instructions as to when to use the app (i.e. whenever there is risk because of poor distancing/no mask etc).

Anyone testing positive – even if they have no symptoms – must isolate for seven days.

Government aid

The government is putting in place financial support for the poorest individuals and families, and for businesses hit hard by the measures being taken.

Curfews from 9pm-6am and other related measures from Saturday October 17 2020 (midnight Friday/Saturday) in Montpellier, Toulouse and other Maximum Red Alert areas  

Those areas to which 9pm-6am curfews and other related measures apply include Montpellier, Toulouse, Paris, Lille, Lyon, St Etienne, Grenoble, Marseille, and the Parisian region.

Details of the measures :

Curfews for six weeks

  • Restaurants, cinemas, etc will have to be closed by 9pm and, because people will need to be home by 9pm, it may be that closing times are set at 8.30pm.
  • People who work late/on shift will have authorisations to be out during curfew hours, as will anyone who needs to leave their house in response to an emergency.
  • Fines for breach of curfew will start at €135 and will rise to €1500.

Public transport will continue to run and there will be no ban on holidays or travel between regions, however, protective behaviours must be complied with.

Protective measures

  • Keep at distances of 1 metre or more apart
  • Wear masks if less than 1 metre apart, even with family
  • Meet outside wherever possible
  • Wash hands frequently, whenever changing location, and if unable to wash hands, use hydroalcoholic gel of 70% or more strength
  • Air rooms regularly (at least three minutes, three times a day)
  • No more than 6 people together at one table
  • No more than 6 people together from different households – even in the street

Mayors will be involved in ensuring compliance at local levels.

Béziers medical establishments (Béziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) collaborating in contingency plans

Béziers is not the worst hit area of the Hérault.  Nevertheless, Béziers medical establishments (Béziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) are collaborating in contingency plans. They will be sharing information daily on the numbers of Covid-19 patients, the number of A&E admissions, and will be ready to adapt as the pandemic evolves.

There will be collaboration among the “bed managers” concerning occupation of hospital beds and exchange of medical equipment. If there is a need to postpone non-emergency surgery, this will be done in close co-operation to provide made-to-measure solutions to the local population.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 25 – 13th October 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 25 – 13th October 2020

Welcome to our twenty-fifth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about the maximum coronavirus alerts in Montpellier and Toulouse: new restriction measures are in place from Tuesday October 13th, 2020.

Maximum coronavirus alert in Montpellier and Toulouse: new restriction measures in place from Tuesday October 13, 2020

Maximum alert is triggered for places where any of the following apply:

  • the incidence rate of the virus is more than 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of seven days
  • there is an incidence rate of 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants among the elderly over a period of seven days
  • intensive care units are 30% occupied by patients with Covid-19.

Measures now in force in the 31 municipalities of the Montpellier Metropolis, and seven other neighbouring communes (Teyran, Saint-Clément-de-Rivière, Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Montarnaud, Palavas-les-Flots, Mauguio and Saint-Aunès):

In response to the worrying progression of various Covid-19 indices, the prefect of the Hérault, Jacques Witkowski, presented the following restrictions for Montpellier and its metropolis, as well as seven municipalities, (all now in the maximum alert zone):

Prohibited gatherings
In terms of the measures taken – initially for two weeks – gatherings of more than ten people on public roads or in public spaces, with the exception of those authorised, are now prohibited.  Drinking establishments, dance venues, casinos, gaming rooms, marquees, trade fairs and salons can no longer receive the public.

A strict protocol for restaurants
For seated catering, service is only at the table with a minimum distance of one metre between each chair and a limitation of six people per table.  Each restaurant must provide a ‘reminder booklet’ to contain names and telephone numbers so that customers can be contacted in the event of a health alert.

Shopping centres and department stores
Shopping centres and department stores must ensure capacity for 4 m2 per customer.

Additional measures in Toulouse and 16 nearby municipalities: Colomiers, Tournefeuille, Blagnac, Plaisance-du-Touch, Cugnaux, Balma, Castanet, Saint-Orens, Labège, Aucamville, Launaguet, L’Union, Portet, Ramonville, Auzeville and Quint-Fonsegrives:

Bars closed
All bars are required to close to the public.

Indoor sports
All indoor sports activities are prohibited.

Restaurants
Restaurants must ensure all sanitary protocol measures are taken by clients as well as staff. They must also note the contact details of their customers, collect bills at the table, and limit the number at each table to 6 people.

Dance venues, casinos, gaming rooms, party halls, multipurpose halls, marquees, exhibition venues and trade fairs
All are prohibited from welcoming the public.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 24 – 13th September 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 24 – 13th September 2020

Welcome to our twenty-fourth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • New measures outlined by the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on Friday, September 11
  • Further increase in Covid-19 cases nationally and in the Hérault and Aveyron

New measures outlined by the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on Friday September 11

On Friday, September 11, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, convened a defence council to discuss the increasing concerns about the Covid-19 epidemic.

Jean Castex, the Prime Minister, presented the main health measures taken by the government and called for everyone to maintain vigilance in the face of worrying increases of cases, hospitalisations, critical care patients, and deaths. He called in particular for older people “to observe the greatest caution on a daily basis, be careful, be very careful”.

The government measures outlined are:
Testing/Screening
Priorities for who should get a test and on what timescale are being revised. The priority will be for people who:

  • are symptomatic OR
  • have been traced as having contact with someone confirmed or likely to have Covid-19 OR
  • are a medical or care professional

There will still be the option for other people to be tested, however they will not have the same priority in terms of accessing a test or receiving their results.

This measure has been taken in order to reduce the waiting time for results for those in the listed categories. For them, certain time slots will be reserved and there will be dedicated screening tents.

Testing prior to medical procedures
The government priorities do not address the concern of those waiting for a Covid-19 test prior to a medical procedure and CSF-L will continue to collect what information we can on this matter. Feedback to date is that surgery is going ahead as long as a test has been taken, even if the result has not been received.

Tracing
2,000 people will be recruited from health insurance and regional health agencies to improve the tracing of contact cases.

Isolation/quarantine
The duration of isolation will be reduced to 7 days instead of 14 days. The Prime Minister called on everyone to respect the need for a full 7 days’ isolation from the point at which someone is aware of having Covid-like symptoms or from the time they are aware of being in contact with someone who has/is likely to have Covid-19. The checks to ensure that isolation is being respected were not outlined in detail.

Location
42 departments are now classified as red. This does not imply automatic consequences, but the Prefecture can initiate additional measures. This does include the Hérault.

Re-confinement ruled out
The Prime Minister confirmed that there would be no return to a general, countrywide confinement: “The measures will be adapted and graduated”. Olivier Véran, the Health Minister, will continue his regular updates to report on the statistics relating to the epidemic.

Increased cases of Covid-19 nationally and in the Hérault and Aveyron

National
The Prime Minister referenced the increasingly active viral circulation across France. The incidence rate increased from 57 to 72 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in one week and the positive test rate is also increasing.

9,406 new cases were recorded in 24 hours according to the latest data from Public Health France. 40 people have died in the past 24 hours in hospitals.

106 new clusters were identified in 24 hours, bringing the number in France to 715.

Occitanie
On Friday September 11, the number of daily cases in total in Occitanie had increased from 418 on Friday September 4 to an average daily level of 670, with the percentage of positive tests increasing to 4.7% from 3.9% in the same period. On Friday September 11, hospitalisations had increased by 16 to 217. Of these, 43 were in critical care (an increase of 4) and 7 more people had died in hospital.

Hérault and Aveyron
On Friday September 11, hospitalisations in the Hérault had gone up from 46 to 70 since Friday September 4, of which 19 were in the ICU (9 on September 4). There had been 3 more deaths.

In the Aveyron there is a worrying outbreak in an EPHAD (care home for the elderly), where 70 of 73 residents were confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

CSF-Languedoc

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 23 – 8 September 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 23 – 8 September 2020

Welcome to our twenty-third bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Extended list of local town-based decrees requiring the wearing of a mask in public areas
  • Feedback about making appointments for Covid-19 tests prior to surgery
  • Clarification regarding the 10 person limit on gatherings in public areas
  • Further increase in Covid-19 cases nationally and in the Hérault 

Extended list of local town-based decrees requiring the wearing of a mask in public areas
There are now 45 towns in the Hérault which require the wearing of masks in public areas:

  • Agde
  • Baillargues
  • Balaruc-les-Bains
  • Balaruc-le-Vieux
  • Béziers
  • Bouzigues
  • Castelnau-le-Lez
  • Castries
  • Clapiers
  • Le Crès
  • Cournonsec
  • Cournonterral
  • Fabrègues
  • Frontignan
  • Grabels
  • La Grande-Motte
  • Jacou
  • Juvignac
  • Lattes
  • Lavérune
  • Lunel
  • Marseillan
  • Mauguio-Carnon
  • Mèze
  • Montferrier-sur-Lez
  • Montpellier
  • Murviel-les-Montpellier
  • Palavas-les-Flots
  • Pérols
  • Pézenas
  • Pignon
  • Portiragnes
  • Prades-le-Lez
  • Saint Georges d’Orques
  • Saint Jean de Védas
  • Saussan
  • Sérignan
  • Sète
  • Valras-Plage
  • Vendargues
  • Vendres
  • Vias
  • Vic-la-Gardiole
  • Villeneuve les Béziers
  • Villenueve-lès-Maguelone 

Please do look out for further information regarding anywhere you are likely to visit to be sure you are not breaking local byelaws.

This list is subject to constant revision and cannot be guaranteed to take in daily updates.
 
Feedback about making appointments for Covid-19 tests prior to surgery
CSF-Languedoc has had feedback that for some, there has been difficulty in getting an appointment for a Covid 19 test prior to surgery. The test is a prerequisite to most surgery and is normally required to be taken within the 48 hours prior to admission. It can take longer than 48 hours to get your results.
 
Anyone due to have surgery is advised to book their appointment for any Covid-19 test required as soon as possible, and to alert the test centre to the reason and timescale for the test. It may be that you would benefit from support from your GP or Active Listener to do this.
 
We will continue to take note of any feedback we receive on this issue and will share any useful information.

Clarification regarding the 10 person limit on gatherings in public areas
The information we provided regarding a 10 person limit on gatherings in public areas raised a query about how this would apply in the context of places such as restaurants.
 
To clarify, a group of up to 10 people can be together. This means that at a restaurant for example, 10 people might be at one table, but other people could also – in their own groups of no more than 10 – be in the same restaurant.
 
This may be subject to review and change by the local or national government depending on levels of circulation of the virus and numbers hospitalised.
 
Increased cases of Covid-19 nationally and in the Hérault 
The Prime Minister announced on Thursday August 27, 2020, that the Hérault department has passed into ‘red’ for viral circulation. The rate for Hérault at that point was 84 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (the alert threshold is 50 per 100,000). This significant increase was initially amongst the younger population, but is now increasing in older people who are more vulnerable. Figures published September 5 for Hérault showed an increase of hospitalisations in one week from 35 to 49, with ICU cases up from 7 to 9, and one more death.

On Friday September 4, figures showed that the national situation continues to deteriorate. In addition to daily cases, 53 new clusters were identified in France and 46 more people were admitted to intensive care. This represents a doubling of the numbers from the previous few days. There are 473 people in intensive care, out of the 4671 patients hospitalised at the time of writing. Deaths are also increasing.
 
The positive test rate is now 4.5%, with a million tests per week now being undertaken. 
 
Occitanie has had 13 more hospitalisations since Tuesday September 1, as well as experiencing an increase of six patients admitted to intensive care. Three more deaths were recorded by health services in hospitals in the region in three days. Figures released on September 5 showed that the average number of daily diagnosed cases in Occitanie in the past week had risen to 418, up from 386 the week before.
 
The prefecture of the Hérault took extra protective measures by prefectural decree on August 27, 2020:

  • The practice of any dancing in establishments open to the public and public places, whether covered or not, is prohibited throughout the department until September 15. Bars and restaurants can continue to exercise their activity provided they do not contravene this measure. An exception is granted for the activities of dance education establishments.
  • Authorizations for demonstrations, events, gatherings on public roads or in a place open to the public with more than 10 people simultaneously present will be strictly limited in conjunction with the mayors of the municipalities concerned.
  • Opening of mobile pedestrian “drive-in test” screening stations. The first in Montpellier was installed on August 27, 2020, Esplanade Charles de Gaulle. It is accessible without appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm Others are being made available.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
 
CSF-Languedoc

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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 22 – 24 August 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 22 – 24 August 2020

Welcome to our twenty-second bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Increase in requirements to wear masks (outdoors and indoors), both general and in terms of local town-based decrees
  • Further increase in Covid-19 cases in the Hérault – tightening of rules

Increase in requirements to wear masks

General requirements:

Administrations, banks, libraries Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Offices/workplaces Wearing a mask is compulsory in all shared spaces and offices. Only single-occupancy offices are exempt.

Elevators, halls of buildings Wearing a mask is recommended but is not compulsory, except in the event of a contrary local decision (as in Cannes).

Airplanes, airports Wearing a single-use surgical mask is compulsory. Wearing a fabric mask is prohibited inside airplanes but permitted in airports.

Bus, bus stops Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Marquees, tents and travelling temporary structures Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Hiking trails Wearing a mask is not compulsory.

Cinemas, theatres Wearing a mask is compulsory when walking around the establishment, but no longer when seated – provided that your seat is between two empty seats. Decisions to the contrary can be taken at local level.

Hairdressers Wearing a mask is compulsory for staff and customers.

Colleges Wearing a “general public” mask is compulsory for students and staff when the distance of one metre cannot be guaranteed.

Running Wearing a mask is not compulsory unless the route passes through areas where the mask is compulsory.

Carpool with strangers Wearing a mask is compulsory for the driver and passengers.

At home Wearing a mask is not compulsory but recommended if you are with people with a fragile state of health.

Elementary School Wearing a mask is not recommended for children and is mandatory for staff if they are less than one metre from students.

Kindergarten Wearing a mask is prohibited for students and is not compulsory for staff.

Companies Wearing a mask is compulsory in open spaces, canteens, meeting rooms, changing rooms, shared offices, etc. The only exception is the individual office.

Beauticians Wearing a mask is compulsory for staff and customers.

Churches, mosques, synagogues Wearing a mask is compulsory but it can be temporarily removed for the performance of rites that require it.

Hotels, pensions, hostels Wearing a mask is compulsory in spaces allowing groupings.

High schools Wearing a “general public” mask is compulsory for students and staff when the distance of one metre cannot be guaranteed.

Stores, supermarkets, shopping centres Wearing a mask is compulsory for staff and customers.

Markets Wearing a mask is becoming compulsory in many local markets but the measure has not yet been applied at national level, except for covered markets.

Metro, metro stations Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Monuments, museums Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Theme parks Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Zoological parks Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Parks, gardens, squares Wearing a mask is not compulsory, except in the event of a local decision to the contrary (as in Paris).

Covered car parks Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Beaches Wearing a mask is not compulsory, except in the event of a local decision to the contrary.

Restaurants, bars, cafes Wearing a mask is compulsory for staff and customers when moving around the establishment. Customers can remove their masks when they are at the table.

Streets, downtown Wearing a mask is becoming compulsory in many city centres, particularly in tourist and densely populated towns. Not yet applied at the national level, the measure has so far been implemented at the level of municipalities or departments.

Sports halls, swimming pools Wearing a mask is not compulsory when practising sport, but it is compulsory the rest of the time.

Stadiums, racetracks, arenas Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Taxis, VTC Wearing a mask is compulsory for the driver and passengers.

Sports grounds Wearing a mask is not compulsory when practising sport, but otherwise compulsory.

Trains, stations Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Trams, tram stops Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Transport and ferry terminals Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Universities Wearing a mask in teaching rooms is strongly recommended and mandatory when the rules of distancing cannot be observed.

Bicycles Wearing a mask is not compulsory, except in the event of a local decision to the contrary (as in Nantes).

Personal car Wearing a mask is not compulsory in your own vehicle as long as you are alone or with relatives. On the other hand, if a stranger gets into your car for carpooling, everyone must wear a mask.

Schools Wearing of masks now made compulsory for all pupils/students over the age of 11. Two washable masks will be made available for each student and can be collected from the schools before the school year starts. 

Local town-based decrees

By prefectural decree, wearing a mask (except with a medical exemption) is compulsory from Monday August 17 for people over eleven years old at markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault department.

In Occitanie, the following towns outside the Hérault had previously declared that wearing a mask in certain outdoor public spaces is a requirement (the detail of where varies between locations):

  • Perpignan
  • Leucate
  • Argelès sur Mer
  • Grau-du-Roi
  • Nimes
  • Bagnols sur Cèze
  • Pont St. Esprit 
  • Carcassonne (inside the chateau)

Montpellier requires masks to be worn in most central streets – see map:

From Saturday August 22, the following places require the wearing of masks in any public area:

  • Agde
  • Balaruc-les-Bains
  • Balaruc-les-Vieux
  • Bouzigues
  • Frontignan
  • La Grande-Motte
  • Marseillan
  • Mauguio-Carnon
  • Pérols
  • Portiragnes
  • Sérignan
  • Sète
  • Valras-Plage
  • Vendres
  • Vias
  • Vic-la-Gardiole
  • Mèze
  • Palavas-les-Flots
  • Béziers
  • Villeneuve les Béziers
  • Villeneuve-les-Maguelone
  • Lattes
  • Lunel
  • Pézenas

This list is subject to constant revision and cannot be guaranteed to take in daily updates. Please look out for further information regarding anywhere you are likely to visit to be sure you are not breaking local byelaws.

Increased cases of Covid-19 in the Hérault – tightening of rules

There is a steep increase in Covid-19 cases in the Hérault, causing the department to be reclassified as being at high risk regarding circulation of the virus.
 
Both positive cases and hospital admissions are increasing at a rate that is cause for concern for the prefecture and the local Health Authority.
 
From Saturday August 22, wearing a mask will be compulsory in all the towns along the Hérault coast.
 
Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited and, on the coast, exemptions to open certain bars and restaurants until 2 am have been withdrawn .
 
Regarding Montpellier, discussions are still underway to develop a city-wide plan. Wearing a mask is currently compulsory only in the historic centre of Montpellier and in all the city’s markets.
 
Throughout the department, the prefecture promises to further strengthen screening.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
 
CSF-Languedoc

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From our friends at CSF Sud de France

From our friends at CSF Sud de France

Good News (Hopefully)!

After many months of no activity or events during COVID-19 lockdown, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  We, at CSF Sud de France, have started planning for a number of events and activities across the Aude & Ariège to re-start in September and October.

We’re expecting that most of our regular activities will start again in September, but will likely to be restricted or slightly different, in order to comply with government regulations, and to ensure the safety of our members, volunteers, and supporters.

We will publish more details on each event, in the form of a detailed ‘protocol’, as we get closer to the date of the event, so that you will know, in advance, how the event will operate, so that there are no surprises on the day.  You can see more information below and on our Facebook page, or in LFN’s Events Calendar.

Of course, these plans are conditional upon their being no increased government restrictions on activities in our area as a result of COVID-19, so there will always be a risk of last-minute cancellation.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest information –  https://www.facebook.com/CSF.SudFrance/.

We look forward to welcoming you to a CSF event soon.

Pam Mercer
Aude & Ariège Representative
Cancer Support France, Sud de France
Sud-aude@cancersupportfrance.org





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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 21 – 17 August 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 21 – 17 August 2020

Welcome to our twenty-first bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Increased hospital admissions for people with Covid-19 in the Hérault
  • Increase in outdoor locations where masks are required, including all markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault + most central streets in Montpellier
  • Reminder – free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD]) with GP agreement

Increased hospital admissions for people with Covid-19 in the Hérault

Any Covid-19 cases diagnosed whilst someone is on holiday are attributed to the area where that person lives. For the Hérault, this means that hospital cases become a clearer identifier for any increase in circulation of the virus.

After having a steady three cases per week hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Hérault, this has seen a recent rise of up to 10 cases (most recent figures as of 14 August, 9 hospitalised, including 1 in ICU). As per 14 August figures, Occitanie has 149 cases diagnosed per day up from 115. The percentage of people testing positive is 1.9%, up from 1.2%. This shows an upward trend which may continue.
 
The Hérault was moved into a moderate risk category on 12 August.
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The holiday season has increased travel in and out of the area for visitors and those living here. This brings increased, but manageable risk.
 
The Health Authority (Agence Régionale de Santé/ARS) for Occitanie is urging that people be more rigorous about the application of preventative measures. They also urge people with symptoms to isolate and get tested.
 
All clusters (3 or more confirmed or probable cases occurring within 7 days of each other having been in contact) must be notified to the Health Authority’s track and trace service on:  ars31-alerte@ars.sante.fr
 
Please keep using the recommended preventative measures, and please stay safe.

Increase in outdoor locations where masks are required, including all markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault + most central streets in Montpellier

By prefectural decree, wearing a mask will be compulsory from Monday August 17 for people over eleven years old at markets, brocante, vide grenier and festivals in the Hérault department.
 
In Occitanie, the following towns have declared that wearing a mask in certain outdoor public spaces is a requirement (the detail of where can vary between locations): Perpignan Leucate Argelès sur Mer Beziers Sete Frontignan Grau du Roi Nimes Bagnols sur Cèze Pont St. Esprit  Carcassonne (inside the chateau) Montpellier (most central streets – see map)

Please do look out for further information regarding anywhere you are likely to visit to be sure you are not breaking local byelaws.
 
Please be aware that this list is likely to change and grow over time.

Reminder – free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD]) with GP agreement

Anyone with a condition identified as ALD (including cancer, many heart conditions, etc) may have the right to 10 masks a week on prescription, free. This is on request from your GP (not routinely offered) and based on their assessment regarding how relevant this is to your condition.

This is due to continue until 31 August and may be revised to continue beyond that.

We recommend that anyone with an ALD makes sure they are talking with their GP and receiving due care, including asking to be assessed for a prescription for free masks.

Please note: there is no longer a shortage of masks in France, and it is possible that the price of masks will be revised downwards later in the year – possibly as early as September.
  Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Herault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

CSF-Languedoc

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