The authorities in Paris have announced new two-week restrictions across the city to curb a surge of coronavirus cases.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the head of the city’s police department said this at a news conference on Monday October 5, 2020.
The said that bars in the city and surrounding suburbs must close for two weeks starting Tuesday.
Restaurants are allowed to remain open as long as they follow strict health protocols.
Authorities announced that the Covid-19 numbers in Paris have been above the thresholds for the top alert.
Officials report more than 250 virus cases per 100,000 people (260 per 100,000), more than 100 cases per 100,000 elderly residents, and more than one-third of intensive care unit beds are in use for COVID-19 patients.
In the inner suburbs, authorities said the rate per 100,000 residents is approaching 200 and “is continuing an upward trend.”
Along with the closure of bars, officials imposed a ban on events with audiences of more than 1,000 people, and the public consumption and take-away sale of alcohol is prohibited after 10 p.m.
Authorities also announced that visits to nursing homes will be limited with stricter guidelines as more than 100 are experiencing at least one case of Covid-19.