Coronavirus official list of shops and services still open - Following the announcement on Saturday 14th March, by the French Prime Minister that, as a new measure to attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus, France was from midnight, closing all restaurants, bars, cafes and non-essential shops, an official list has been published of the shops and services that are still permitted to stay open during the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak
The list comprises:
Food and drink
- Retail sale of frozen food products
- General food trade
- Convenience stores
- Specialist fruit and vegetable shops (grocer)
- Specialist meat and meat products shops (butcher)
- Specialist fish, crustaceans and molluscs shops (fishmonger)
- Specialist bread, pastry and confectionery shops (bakery)
- Retail sale of beverages
- Other specialist food shops
- Retail sale of pet food and pet supplies
- Food retailing on stalls and markets
- Sale by vending machines and other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets
Food banks and food charities
- Food distribution by charitable associations
Petrol stations and garages
- Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, agricultural vehicles, machinery and equipment
- Trade in automotive equipment
- Sale and repair of motorcycles and cycles
- Retail sale of fuel in specialised stores
Media, technology and computers
- Retail sale of newspapers and stationery in specialised stores
- Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores
- Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialised stores
- Retail sale of telecommunications equipment in specialised stores
- Repair of computers and personal and household goods
- Repair of computers and communication equipment
- Repair of computers and peripheral equipment
- Repair of communication equipment
Pharmacies and medical
- Retail sale of pharmaceutical products in specialised stores
- Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic articles in specialised stores
Laundry and dry cleaning
- Laundry and dry-cleaning services
- Wholesale laundry and dry cleaning
- Retail laundry and dry cleaning
Hotels and accommodation
- Hotels and similar accommodation
- Tourist and other short-term accommodation where it constitutes a regular place of residence for the persons living there
- Campgrounds and parks for caravans or recreational vehicles where they are a regular place of residence for the persons living there
- Funeral services and funeral offices
Banks, finance, insurance and employment
- Activities of labour placement agencies
- Activities of temporary employment agencies
- Financial and insurance activities
Farming, construction and equipment stores
- Farm suppliers
- Retail sale of building materials, hardware, paints and glass in specialised stores
- Rental and leasing of other machinery, equipment and property
- Rental and leasing of agricultural machinery and equipment
- Rental and leasing of construction machinery and equipment
The advice issued by the French government to help stop the spread includes:
Keep a 1 metre distance between yourself and others.
Wash your hands with soap or hydro-alcoholic sanitiser gel frequently.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
Use single use tissues and dispose immediately after use.
Do not shake hands,or greet people with kisses on the cheek.
If you are sick, stay at home and wear a mask in the company of others.
If you believe you are sick, do not go to the hospital or visit your local doctor as you may infect others. Instead call your local doctor and take paracetamol for the fever. Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or cortisone to treat the possible symptoms of Covid-19 as these could actually worsen the infection.
A free hotline service can answer your questions about the coronavirus Covid-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0800 130 000. It cannot give medical advice.