CSF-Languedoc Important Information Regarding Covid-19

Support to members and others

CSF-Languedoc is conscious that many members may be feeling worried or isolated, so our Active Listeners are at your service.

  • 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 for the duration of the crisis. In line with confinement requirements, this is done at distance.
  • If you would appreciate someone to listen to your concerns or perhaps you would just like to have a chat with a friend, please do call our helpline on 04 67 44 87 06. We will call you back as soon as possible.
  • We are also offering the services of our translators if people receive information in French that they don’t understand.

CSF National is extending its support beyond those touched by cancer to vulnerable members of the wider anglophone community. Details of how they can help and how to contact them are here: https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Charity-to-help-isolated-English-speakers-in-France

If you have information about the local situation you think may be useful to others please email: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com.

Official announcements and regulations

We regularly summarise all the ministerial announcements in our Covid-19 Bulletins. Please be sure to check the date and number of the bulletin to ensure you’re reading the latest one.

This note lists all the changes to the confinement rules before and after May 11th: Government planning and information

  • Please be sure to check the ‘last updated date’ at the top of all our notes.

Information sources

If you are looking for information in English, you should be aware that the French government’s page has an English option, but this is not updated as frequently as the French version.

We have collected together an extensive list of useful links here: information sources.

Latest information

If you have information about the local situation you think may be useful to others please let us know.  Our dedicated email address for this is: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com.

  • Keeping up your morale during the lock down: It is important to keep ourselves motivated and active while confined at home. We have updated our suggestions to help with this here: staying motivated.
  • How to reduce the risks of catching Covid-19: While a lot is still being learned about the way the Covid-19 virus acts, there are some known factors that help individuals and groups to better understand and manage the risks of spreading or catching the virus. Here is a detailed analysis of factors likely to increase risks in a study looking at research into other coronaviruses and Covid-19: https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them A summary of the key findings of the study together with ARS Occitanie recommendations for hygiene at home can be found
    here
  • How to obtain treatment during the pandemic:  Good quality care continues to be available, in particular for emergencies. We have produced a guidance note on how to contact the health services, how to use Doctolib for online video consultations and how to obtain emergency dental treatment: Getting treatment
  • Wearing a mask: The Académie Nationale de Médecine has updated its guidance on the wearing of masks, with a strong recommendation that the general public should wear masks when outside of the home.  We have provided guidance on wearing masks together with links to sites for making DIY masks: using a mask
  • The Connexion is a good source of information in English about the current situation. If you haven’t already subscribed to the free newsletter, you can do so here:- https://www.connexionfrance.com/
  • Map of departments – Covid-19: In order to make informed decisions, please stay up to date with the French Government’s map showing whether departments are rated as green or red in terms of Covid-19 viral circulation, hospital capacity and testing capacity.https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/carte-et-donnees#activite-epidemique

Fake news and scams

We all need to take care to validate any information we receive from non-official sources, no matter how helpful or genuine it seems. Emails claiming to quote authoritative sources are often false and it is fairly simple to check online before forwarding on to others.

Criminals are exploiting fears over the pandemic with 1000s of scams being detected, some costing their victims life changing losses.

We have updated our guidance notes with information on the types of scams now being pushed and the steps you can take to reduce your vulnerability:  fake news and scams

If you receive something and would like us to check its validity, or want to share the information with others, please contact us using the email address we have reserved for Covid-19 feedback: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

Shopping and travel

You need to have the official attestation with you at all times for travel no further than 20 kms from your home. The 3 stages for coming out of lockdown are as follows: 

  • An exemption certificate to leave home will still be necessary.  The link to the form is: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Deconfinement-Declaration-de-deplacement
  • Walks and outdoor physical exercise can now take place up to 20 kms from home and for a period of up to 3 hours.
  • Outdoor activities, not connected to schooling, can restart.
  • Shops and home services can reopen, with strict rules about hygiene and only up to 9pm.
  • Religious services can restart, with a strict 30 person maximum.

From Tuesday 15th December 2020

If the figures continue to drop and reach a level of only 5000 new cases by day:

  • Lockdown will be lifted and replaced with a curfew between 21h00 and 7h00.
  • This curfew will not apply for the 24th December and 31st December.
  • Large festive gatherings will still not be allowed.
  • Cinemas, theatres, and museums will re-open.

Wednesday 20th January 2021

By this date, the effect of the relaxation of lockdown over the holiday period will be known.

If the number of new cases remains below 5000 per day:

  • Sports facilities can reopen.
  • Restaurants can reopen.
  • Lycées currently giving only 50% of lessons in class can reopen fully.
  • 15 days later, the universities can reopen.”

Keeping up your morale during the lock down

It is important to keep ourselves motivated and active while confined at home. In particular staying in touch with family and friends and staying active. With all the support and services online these days, we don’t have any excuse to be isolated or bored.

We have collected together our suggestions and your feedback here: staying motivated.

Our April Newsletter also contained many suggestions. You can down load it here.

Please let us know what you are doing so we can share useful tips in future bulletins.


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