Covid-19 Bulletin no. 29 – 29th October

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

  • New confinement across France from midnight Thursday 29th / Friday 30th October  until at least 1 December 2020 (including Attestation required every time you go out)
  • TousAntiCovid app – includes the electronic/phone-based attestations

New confinement across France from midnight Thursday 29th / Friday 30th October until at least 1st December 2020 (including Attestation required every time you go out)

President Macron made a speech on the evening of Wednesday October 28th 2020, talking about the significant increase in Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations and critical care patients. He made clear that all regions are at the alert threshold and all Europe is surprised at the voracity of the second wave. Predictions are that nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care in mid-November and French hospitals will quickly be saturated.

France has the following objectives:

  1. Protect the vulnerable and at risk
  2. Protect the youngest in society
  3. Protect medical staff and services
  4. Protect those with limited means
  5. Protect the economy

In response to this, France is entering confinement (lockdown) from midnight Thursday / Friday.

Details of what will and will not be allowed during the confinement period of October 30th – December 1st (with option to extend) will be announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex on the evening of October 29th.

Attestations/certificates needed to leave your home

Residents need to complete (in paper or electronic form) a certificate for permitted activities. These include:

  • essential travel to or from work (working from home is recommended wherever possible)
  • for medical attention/consultations that cannot be done remotely
  • to visit (in a Nursing or Care Home) or support (in a domestic setting) a dependent close one
  • to drop-off/pick-up children from school
  • to take exercise
  • to do essential shopping
  • to walk a dog (within 1 km of your home)

 Copies of the relevant attestations/certificates will be made available as soon as possible.

The new forms may include other categories, as well as clarification of the parameters of permitted activities.

Education

Nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will remain open with strengthened health protocols. Universities will provide online courses.

Nursing and Retirement Homes

Visits will continue to be allowed to people in Nursing and Retirement Homes.

Local government and postal services
These services will remain open, with strict health protocols. La Poste and local Mairie services will still be available.

Restaurants, bars and cafés

These will be closed during the confinement.

Support for Business and workers

There will be financial support and a special plan for the self-employed, traders, very small and medium-sized enterprises. Employees and employers who cannot work will continue to benefit from partial unemployment benefit.

TousAntiCovid app – includes the electronic/phone-based attestations

The increased capacity for testing and tracing is being strongly promoted.

TousAntiCovid not only supports national efforts in track and trace, but provides daily updates to all users on Covid-19 statistics, and provides the latest, electronic copy of the attestations required.

To download the TousAntiCovid app for Apple products:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1511279125

To download the TousAntiCovid app for Android products:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.gouv.android.stopcovid

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers 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.