Out of Lockdown in France: Happy or Sad Holidays?

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High resolution picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

   FREEDOM:OUT OF LOCKDOWN  IN FRANCE WITH NEW RULES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Happy or Sad Holidays?

by Jane Rosenstein

Eiffel Tower

photo Jo Kassis

On Thursday night at 6 p.m. the Prime Minister of France, Jean Casteaux, announced that  the number of 5000 new cases per day and between 3000 and 5000 in ICUs is thought to become the case by December 15, 2020. The numbers have gone down in certain places; Because this is not a good result, after a meeting with the Council of Defense on Wednesday, new measures were established.

People can be out all night on December 24, 2020 and can travel within France but a curfew of 8 p.m. will be in effect on New Year’s Eve.  It is authorized to have small gatherings at people’ homes, recommended to be limited to 6 people. The guests will have to sleep at the host’s home.

The Minister of Health , Oliver Véran stated that  “ Christmas is not New Year’s;” New Year’s is often celebrated with parties and not a cultural event.

Beginning December 15, 2020 no attestations (permissions to go out) will be necessary between 6 a.m;. and 8 p.m.  After those hours, attestations will be required to go out only for work, to go out for health problems  and to help family members. No sport is allowed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

As of December 15, the  curfew is beginning an hour earlier at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.

Masks are obligatory outside and in stores and public transportation as well as other public establishments; It was not stated if there will be one out of every two subway trains starting at 8 p.m. instead of  9 p.m. nor between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as it is now.

The establishments like movies, theatres and libraries originally scheduled to open on December 15 will open 3 weeks later.

There is no date fixed for when the Eiffel Tower will reopen. This iconic representation of Paris, France has been closed since October 30.

People who bought tickets  for visits between December 16 and January 6  will be reimbursed the beginning of next week;

Restaurants will not open until at least January 20 at least.

What will be the effect psychologically on the public?

How will the public react to their new freedom to go out without permission slips?

Will the cases of COVID 19 increase after the holidays?

From Paris, wearing my mask and physically distancing, this is your Paris reporter signing off……

 

Author Details
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
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  1. For me as an American, the Eiffel Tower is the male counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, and in one perspective it demonstrates how unthinkable it is today that a country would allow an individual artist to express themself in such a way. Monsieur Eiffel put his soul into both works, and left a mark of what the rest of us should view as “freedom to express”. His birthday comes Dec 15, and also represents the worlds # 1 example of Metal decan, a very specific time. So he built the worlds tallest metal only structure, and designed the metallic skeleton of the Statue of Liberty. Today, to be a liberal in the US is alleged to be anti-american, and I could not disagree more. The general essence of freedom embodied by these structures, remind us, someone had to be free to create them. And we need to get back to basics in education starting with basic knowledge of time. Jan 1rst, was never the new year, in any culture at any time, and makes no sense in any study.

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