Lunchtime News Thursday 30th December 2021


Sanctions for companies which do not respect teleworking - The French government has announced sanctions for those companies which do not respect the new regulations on teleworking. Companies who do not respect the rules will face an administrative fine of up to 1000 euros per employee within the limit of 50,000 euros.

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Monday the obligation to increase telework to three or four days a week, "for all employees for whom it is possible", from 3rd January and for a period of three weeks. A new national protocol in companies reflecting this change is to be published today Thursday 30th December.

Bars and restaurants in Alpes Maritimes to stop serving at 1am on New Year's Eve - Bars and restaurants in the Alpes Maritimes will have to stop serving at 1am and close their doors at 2am on New Year's Eve, for the Var region the prefecture has announced the closure at 1am.

The prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes has announced several restrictions ahead of New Year's Eve to fight against the spread of covid, specifying that the mayors will not be able to derogate from this rule. "Any dancing activity in establishments open to the public as well as in public spaces is also prohibited," added the prefect in his press release.

In addition, the consumption of alcohol and food on public roads and places, with the exception of the terraces of bars and restaurants, will be prohibited until Sunday January 2nd at 6am. The Minister of the Interior had asked the prefects on Tuesday to take measures to "dissuade gatherings" on New Year's Eve in the face of the rise of the Omicron variant.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has said that as part of the restrictions already announced by the prefect the Christmas market in Nice will close early on New Year's Eve at 7pm.

Busy on the roads this Sunday - French roads are expected to be busy this Sunday January 2nd as people return from the Christmas holidays. Bison Futé has classified Sunday as orange throughout France between noon and 6pm.








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