Evening Update Tuesday 17 November 2020

President Macron has said that the public will not be allowed into stadiums to watch sporting events during December because of the progression of the pandemic. However, speaking during a videoconference with representatives of sporting bodies today he said that he hoped sporting activities for young people in clubs could resume during December subject to reinforced protocols but this was dependent on the evolution of the pandemic. He also announced that a "sports pass" would be introduced next year to encourage young people to take part in sporting activities.

French Minister of Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, has asked the SNCF to run "one hundred per cent" of its trains from mid-December until 4 January. He said that all trains are open for reservation as from today.

The Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon is scheduled to hold a press conference at 7pm this evening to take stock of the health situation in France. Meanwhile, speaking on French television this morning, a government spokesperson said that a decision on the possible re-opening of shops will be taken next week.

Two ecolgical groups have called for the repeal of the limits on walks during confinement.  Europe Écologie Les Verts and Génération Écologie have filed an application with the Council of State along with several other groups in which they urge the government to repeal the “1h / 1km” limit and to adopt measures to ensure equal access for everyone to nature. The groups say that French people are expressing the need to access green and natural spaces in which physical distancing makes it possible to avoid any risk of contamination. They say that containment has negative effects on the health of French people such as deterioration of mental health, anxiety disorders and weight gain linked to inactivity.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has said there will be no Christmas market in Nice this year. He said that Christmas decorations will be present everywhere in the city in support of local merchants. He added that he is in favour of shops opening on 27 November if permitted by the health situation.

The French government's website providing information about teleworking during COVID-19 has been updated today. The site aims to answer such questions as whether teleworking is compulsory and whether it's possible to  alternate teleworking and partial activity. The website can be found at
https://travail-emploi.gouv.fr/le-ministere-en-action/coronavirus-covid-19/questions-reponses-par-theme/article/teletravail-en-periode-de-covid-19

Christian Estrosi has said that the reopening of a resurfaced road to Bancairon is scheduled for December 1. The existing dirt track is being paved after damage cau