Covid-19

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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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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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 20 – 6 August 2020 – Cases in France

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 20 – 6 August 2020 – Cases in France

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

  • Concern about increased pace of clusters and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France
  • Towns and villages in Occitanie that have now made it a requirement to wear masks in certain public outdoor spaces (e.g. markets, main thoroughfares etc)
  • Free masks (10 per week) on prescription for people with serious, long-term health conditions (affection longue durée [ALD])

Concern about increased pace of clusters and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France

Whilst numbers of serious cases (involving hospitalisation) in France continue to reduce, the Covid-19 virus is still in circulation, with the number of clusters on mainland France steadily continuing and rising. (A cluster is where three confirmed or probable cases are identified in a period of seven days, related to one community or gathering).

The concern for Santé Publique France (Public Health France) is that an upwards trend in the number of new clusters since the beginning of July has been confirmed. This means it is now in excess of when confinement was lifted.

In all, since mid-May, 531 clusters have been identified. Among them, 308 are “closed” (no more new cases for 14 days) and 59 “under control” (no more new cases for 7 days). 147 are being investigated and 17 have spread within communities, without the authorities managing to fully control them. All of these categories have increased in number since 8 July, including an increase of clusters not fully controlled and the number of clusters under investigation.

There are some wider-spread clusters in Quiberon, Pornichet and Annecy receiving a lot of publicity.

From 31 July, the Health Authority identified an increased number of cases among 18 to 30 year-olds who have gathered for parties (not related to known clusters) in Haute Garonne and more specifically Toulouse, which has now put that department in the moderate risk category. Hérault remains low risk, although there is a slight increase of daily diagnosed cases peaking at 21 cases on 28 July. The percentage of positive tests in Occitanie has also increased to 1.1% in the last week. There were 40,000 tests last week with an average of 57 cases per day. 

Sources of clusters are being identified (in descending order of magnitude*) as:

  • Public and private companies
  • Other communities (falling outside the other categories used)
  • Public and private establishments/institutions
  • Extended family environments/gatherings
  • Health establishments (medical centres, hospitals etc)
  • Social housing, hostels and supported housing environments
  • Schools and Universities
  • Nurseries
  • Vulnerable communities
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • Small geographical areas
  • Transport (planes, boats, trains)
  • Child welfare services
  • Prisons and penitentiaries

*Care Homes are excluded from the figures that have been used for this list, however numbers of cases in care homes since 8 July remain low.

Younger people (20-40) are the main group affected by the increase in numbers of Covid-19 cases. The worry is that with mild or no symptoms, and with many in this group therefore not getting tested, the risk to others is increasing.

Please keep using the recommended preventative measures, and please stay safe.

Towns and villages in Occitanie requiring the wearing of masks in certain public outdoor spaces (e.g. markets, main thoroughfares etc)

From 31 July, Olivier Véran confirmed that préfets had the right to make it mandatory to wear masks in public outdoor spaces in order to better manage the risk of Covid-19 spreading at a local level.

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):

  • Argelès sur Mer
  • Bagnols sur Cèze
  • Beziers
  • Frontignan
  • Grau du Roi
  • Leucate
  • Nimes
  • Perpignan
  • Pont St. Esprit 
  • Sete

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

Please be aware that this list is likely to change and grow over time.

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

Anyone with a condition identified as ALD (including cancer, many heart conditions, etc) has the right to 10 masks a week on prescription, free. 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 masks to suit their needs.

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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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Wearing masks in enclosed public spaces – advisory now, REQUIRED from next week, week commencing 20 July 2020.
 
On 14 July 2020, President Macron announced that wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces would be law from 1 August 2020.
 
On 15 July 2020, Prime Minister Castex brought this forward to next week (probably from Monday 20th or Tuesday 21st). Shortly afterwards, the Health Secretary, Olivier Véran, said that people in France should always wear a mask now in enclosed public places and not wait for next week’s decree.
 
Further information will be made available by the French government, including what sanctions, including fines, are likely to be put in place.

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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