Like most countries in Europe, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has hit France fast and furiously. After Italy, France has the highest number of recorded cases in Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron gave a sobering speech last Sunday night, March 15, addressing the nation about the latest measures the government would be imposing for the next 15 days to help stop the virus from spreading.
All non-essential businesses are closed, including retail shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Cultural and recreational facilities are also closed, including theaters, cinemas, opera houses, public parks and gardens, concert and sports venues, and health clubs. Food shops and supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and tobacco shops are the exception, and are operating at full schedule.
The government sent a form to all residents, via text message in many cases, to fill out if they are planning to leave home. The document requires your name, date of birth and address, and lists five clauses in which you are allowed to leave home, followed by date and signature. These allowances are:
- Traveling for work, if you are indispensable at your job and you can’t work from home
- To buy essential items to live by, from a government approved list of shops…