Covid-19 Bulletin no. 34 – Revised arrangements for ending of Lockdown

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

  • The easing of lockdown from 15th December
  • The vaccination programme rollout in France from 1st January 2021

The easing of lockdown from 16th December

Although the number of daily positive tests is dropping, it is now unlikely they will reach the Government’s target of 5,000 per day by 15th December, the planned date for ending the lockdown.

There are some changes to the timetable for ending lockdown:

  • Lockdown will end on Tuesday, 15th December and a curfew will be in place from Wednesday 16th December. No exemption certificate will be required for being outside the home between the hours of 06h00 and 20h00
  • Travel between regions of France and outside France will be allowed from 16th December
  • The curfew will be in place from 20h00 until 06h00
  • The curfew will be lifted for 24th December 2020
  • The curfew will NOT be lifted for 31st December 2020
  • Leaving home during the hours of curfew will only be allowed for the following reasons:
    • Professional reasons (travelling to or from work). An attestation from your employer will be necessary
    • Imperative family reasons, assisting vulnerable persons, persons in a precarious situation or taking care of children
    • Medical reasons
    • The needs of household pets
    • The needs of a person with a disability and their accompanying person
  • A new exemption certificate will be published to be used if you need to leave home during the hours of curfew
  • There will be 65€ fine for breaking the curfew
  • The Government advises that family gatherings during the holiday period should be limited to 6 adults
  • Cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, concert halls, sports venues will NOT reopen until at least 3 weeks after 15th December – i.e. Thursday 7th January 2021
  • Places of worship: at least 2 empty seats between worshippers – no exemption for Christmas services
  • Funerals:  limited to 30 people
  • Weddings:  limited to 6 people
  • Bars and cafes: – there is no definite re-opening date
  • Restaurants – may open from Wednesday 20th January at the earliest but take-aways and deliveries are authorised.
  • Sports clubs and facilities – will not open before 20th January.

For further information on the rules from 16th December, click here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

The vaccination programme in France from 1st January 2021

Phase 1 – January 2021
The first 1 million doses will be administered to residents and health workers in EHPADs (nursing homes).

Phase 2 – February/March 2021
Depending on sufficient deliveries, 14 million doses will be administered to people at risk, i.e.:

  • People aged over 75
  • People aged between 65 and 74
  • Medical professionals aged over 50 with pre-existing health problems. 

Phase 3 – Spring 2021
A campaign of mass vaccination will begin for the rest of the population over the age of 18:

  • People aged between 50 and 64
  • Essential workers (security, education, food production)
  • Vulnerable people and their carers
  • People living in hostels etc.
  • The remainder of the population over age 18

The list of pre-existing conditions considered priority for vaccination includes:

  • Obesity.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD/English or BPCO/French)
  • Other chronic respiratory problems.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes 1 and 2.
  • Kidney insufficiency.
  • Cancer in the last 3 years.
  • Transplant patients.
  • Downs syndrome.

 The Prime Minister also revealed that the vaccine would be free and vaccination not compulsory. 

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.