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 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).

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We hope you stay safe and well.