Lunchtime News Tuesday 11th May 2021


Curfew - With the progressive end to lockdown there are planned changes to the current curfew. From May 19th  the curfew will be from 9pm instead of 7pm. From June 9th its planned to be at 11pm and if the health situation allows on the 30th June it will come to an end.  

Do I have to wear a mask on the terrace of a restaurant when they reopen on May 19th ?- As far as wearing a mask on the terrace of a bar or restaurant the lastet from Public Health France is that customers must wear the mask until you are served at the table. But, then, common sense prevails. "If someone drinks a little from time to time, they should not put the mask back on every time between sips".

On the other hand, if you are on a terrace only to talk or play a board game or if you only consume “occasionally”, you will have to wear it.

Note that - Wearing a mask is compulsory everywhere in the restaurant for customers, when they are waiting for their order or when they come to pay. Staff members must wear their masks during opening hours, in the dining room and in the kitchen. It is forbidden to wear any facial protection (example: half-visor) other than the general public mask in reusable fabric meeting Afnor's specifications (category 1).The mask must cover the nose, mouth and chin.

Masks - Meanwhile while French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran have said that they hope that wearing a mask will no longer be necessary by the end of the summer it could in their view, in the future, become a “means of protection against other respiratory viruses such as influenza”. Linked to the health crisis wearing a mask is compulsory in many spaces indoors and out although some regions of France such as the Alpes Maritimes have lifted the wearing of a mask in certain outdoor areas such as on beaches and in parks.

Doctolib opens up vaccination to over 18s in France a day early - The CEO of Doctolib has announced that the vaccination against Covid for those over 18 has opened today Tuesday 11th May, a day earlier than planned.

Stanislas Niox-Chateau, announced that the appointment of vaccinations for people over 18 is now open meaning that those who wish to get vaccinated can do so and there is no longer the need to book the day before. All that is required is to indicate your city and select an available time slot and validate your appointment on the Doctolib platform.

With more than 18 million first doses injected; the French government hopes to meet its target of 20 million first injections by mid-May. Since Monday 10th May, vaccination is also available for all over 50s.

Prime Minister guest on "20 heures" France 2 this evening - And French Prime Minister Jean Castex will this evening appear on the "20 heures" on France 2 to discuss the gradual end to lockdown in France as well as plans to toughen penalties against attacks on police. Following two fatal accident which left two officers dead. 

In other news 

French jockey placed in police custody - French jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot has been placed in police custody as part of an investigation into an allegation of rape. The complaint was registered in Cagnes-sur-Mer on February 19th for facts dating back to February 17th. Named 2020 jockey of the year, Pierre-Charles Boudot, notably won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Prix de Diane.

New look to shopping centre with 50 additional stores - There will be a new look to the Carrefour Nice Lingostière shopping centre when it reopens on May 19th with 50 new stores, including Cultura and the World of Harry Potter.

After three years of work the shopping centre will boast a total of 100 stores from clothes shops as well game stores and a wide choice of restaurants.

Tourism promotional campaign for the Riviera - The Côte d´Azur Regional Tourism Committee (CRT) has unveiled its tourism promotion campaign for the second consecutive post-lockdown season. A campaign which unmasks the secret cultural assets of the Côte d’Azur and allows you to discover the beauty of the Riviera and all it has to offer.


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