Covid-19 Bulletins 29 & 30, shared by CSF Languedoc

Welcome to our twenty-ninth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:
• New confinement across France from midnight Thursday 29th / Friday 30th October until at least 1 December 2020 (including Attestation required every time you go out)
• TousAntiCovid app – includes the electronic/phone-based attestations

President Macron made a speech on the evening of Wednesday October 28th 2020, talking about the significant increase in Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations and critical care patients. He made clear that all regions are at the alert threshold and all Europe is surprised at the voracity of the second wave. Predictions are that nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care in mid-November and French hospitals will quickly be saturated.
France has the following objectives:
1 Protect the vulnerable and at risk
2 Protect the youngest in society
3 Protect medical staff and services
4 Protect those with limited means
5 Protect the economy
In response to this, France is entering confinement (lockdown) from midnight Thursday / Friday.
Details of what will and will not be allowed during the confinement period of October 30th - December 1st (with option to extend) will be announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex on the evening of October 29th.
Attestations/certificates needed to leave your home
Residents need to complete (in paper or electronic form) a certificate for permitted activities. These include:
• essential travel to or from work (working from home is recommended wherever
possible)
• for medical attention/consultations that cannot be done remotely
• to visit (in a Nursing or Care Home) or support (in a domestic setting) a dependent
close one
• to drop-off/pick-up children from school
• to take exercise
• to do essential shopping
• to walk a dog (within 1 km of your home)
Copies of the relevant attestations/certificates will be made available as soon as possible.
The new forms may include other categories, as well as clarification of the parameters of permitted activities.
Education
Nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will remain open with strengthened health protocols. Universities will provide online courses.
Nursing and Retirement Homes
Visits will continue to be allowed to people in Nursing and Retirement Homes.
Local government and postal services
These services will remain open, with strict health protocols. La Poste and local Mairie services will still be available.
Restaurants, bars and cafés
These will be closed during the confinement.
Support for Business and workers
There will be financial support and a special plan for the self-employed, traders, very small and medium-sized enterprises. Employees and employers who cannot work will continue to benefit from partial unemployment benefit.
TousAntiCovid app – includes the electronic/phone-based attestations
The increased capacity for testing and tracing is being strongly promoted.
TousAntiCovid not only supports national efforts in track and trace, but provides daily updates to all users on Covid-19 statistics, and provides the latest, electronic copy of the attestations required.
To download the TousAntiCovid app for Apple products:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1511279125
To download the TousAntiCovid app for Android products:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.gouv.android.stopcovid

Welcome to our thirtieth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:
  • Confinement rules from midnight Thursday 29th /Friday 30th October until at least 1st  December 2020 (including Attestation)

  • TousAntiCovid app – includes electronic/phone-based attestations

  • Shops and services staying open

Confinement rules from midnight Thursday 29th /Friday 30th October until at least 1 December 2020 (including Attestation)

 
Prime Minister Castex announced more details about the confinement being put in place from October 30th until at least 1st December 2020.
 

Attestations/certificates/authorised trips

People can only leave their home for certain reasons and with a certificate/attestation.
 
There are three separate types of Attestation:

1.  Travel exemptions certificate (Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire)
      This is the standard certificate to be used every time anyone leaves their home for any reason, e.g. for shopping, medical appointments, walking the pet, etc.
 
The reasons for which someone can leave their home using this certificate are:
  • Travel between home and a place of professional activity or an educational or training establishment, professional travel that cannot be postponed, travel for a competition or examination.
  • Travel to purchase supplies necessary for professional activity, essential purchases from establishments whose activities remain authorised, order pick-up, and home deliveries.
  • Consultations, examinations and care that cannot be provided remotely or deferred, and the purchase of medication.
  • Travel for compelling family reasons, for assistance to vulnerable people and people at risk, or childcare.
  • Displacement of people with disabilities and their companions.
  • Short trips outside the home, lasting no more than one hour per day, staying within the maximum radius of one kilometer from your home.  Such trips may be linked either to your individual physical activity (excluding any collective sporting practice) or for the needs of pets, with no proximity to other people (unless they are from your household).  For example, you may walk the dog alone or in the company of people from your household, but you may not walk the dog in the company of people who do not live with you.  You may 'go for a run' with people from your household but you may not meet up with a running group of friends.
  • Judicial or administrative summons and to attend a public service.
  • Participation in activities of general interest at the request of the administrative authority.
  • Travel to pick up children from school and during their extracurricular activities.
You can access an Attestation for these purposes in French here: Attestation
 
A translation of this Attestation in English is available here: English translation
 
 2.  Proof of school travel (Justificatif de déplacement scolaire) 
      For children travelling to and from school, they must have a certificate completed by their parent(s) / guardian(s), or completed by and with the official stamp of their school. This certificate is not time-limited.
 
You can access an Attestation for these purposes in French here: Attestation for school travel
 
 3.  Proof of work travel (Justificatif de déplacement professionel) 
      Anyone undertaking travel for work purposes should have a second certificate as well as their Travel exemptions certificate (Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire) completed by their employer.
 
You can access an Attestation for these purposes in French here: Attestation for work travel
 
Fines will be levied for anyone not complying with the Attestation/confinement requirements and will be increased with each breach.
 
Trips
European borders are not closed, however, anyone arriving in France will have to have a negative test taken 72 hours in advance. For those without, it will be necessary to take a test on their arrival. Hotels may remain open, to provide a service for essential business trips, but the restaurants in these hotels will be closed.
 
Shops and services staying open

Public offices such as Mairies and Prefectures
La Poste

Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, vehicles, agricultural machinery and equipment
Trade in automotive equipment
Trade and repair of motorcycles and cycles

Necessary supplies for farms

Retail sale of frozen products
General food stores
Convenience stores
Supermarkets
Multi-store stores
Hypermarkets
Retail sale of fruit and vegetables in specialised stores
Retail sale of meat and meat products in specialised stores
Retail sale of fish, crustaceans and molluscs in specialised stores
Retail sale of bread, pastry and confectionery in specialised stores
Retail sale of beverages in specialised stores
Other food retailing in specialised stores
Food distributions provided by charitable associations
 
Retail sale of fuels and combustibles 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
 
Retail sale of construction materials, hardware, paints and glasses in specialised stores
 
Retail sale of textiles in specialised stores
 
Retail sale of newspapers and stationery in specialised stores
 
Retail sale of pharmaceutical products in specialised stores
Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic articles in specialised stores
Optical retail businesses
 
Retail sale of pet food and supplies
 
Food retail trade on stalls and markets, unless the prefectures decide otherwise
 
Retail sale of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, vaping equipment and devices in specialised stores
 
Sale by vending machines and other retail businesses outside of stores, stalls or markets.
 
Hotels and similar accommodation, excluding holiday villages, family homes and collective inns
 
Rental and leasing of motor vehicles
Rental and leasing of other machinery, equipment and goods
Rental and leasing of agricultural machinery and equipment
Rental and leasing of machinery and equipment for construction
 
Activities of labour placement agencies
Activities of temporary employment agencies
 
Repair of computers and personal and household goods
Repair of computers and communication equipment
Repair of computers and peripheral equipment
Repair of communication equipment
 
Laundry-dyer
Wholesale laundry-dry cleaners
Retail laundry-dyer
 
Funeral services
 
Financial and insurance activities (including Banks)
 
Wholesale trade providing the goods and services necessary for the activities mentioned above

Restaurants and closed shops
Restaurants and closed shops will be able to carry out deliveries or pick-ups.

Museums, theatres, cinemas
These as well as public attractions, festivals etc will be closed.
 
Public highways
All gatherings are prohibited on the public highway, with the exception of protest demonstrations declared to the prefecture.
 
Funerals
Funerals will be allowed to take place.

Weddings
Weddings will be allowed to take place with a maximum attendance of 6.

Places of worship
Places of worship will remain open, however religious services will not be allowed.

Schools and education
Schools will remain open but with a reinforced health protocol, in particular, the wearing of masks from 6 years old. As well as parents being invited to provide masks, masks will also be distributed by schools.
 
Universities will be subject to distance learning.
 
New measures in schools will require that mixing of different levels of pupils will be avoided as much as possible. Pupils’ arrivals and departures will be spaced out as much as possible, student movements will be limited as much as possible, recess will be organized by group, and school catering will be maintained.
 
Transport
All transport services will be maintained until Sunday and any revisions will be made following homeward travel over the coming weekend.
 
For long-distance journeys, the rule will apply more strictly after the weekend, marked by the end of the school holidays (la Toussaint).
 
Subway restrictions will be the subject of consultations from Monday.
 
The so-called "100 kilometers" rule around the home, introduced after the lifting of the first confinement in May, does not exist for this new confinement.
 
Work
Factories, farms, construction sites and other essential work that cannot be done by home working will continue to operate.
 

TousAntiCovid app – includes electronic/phone-based attestations

The increased capacity for testing and tracing is being strongly promoted.
 
TousAntiCovid not only supports national efforts in track and trace, but provides daily updates to all users on Covid-19 statistics, and provides the latest, electronic copy of the attestations required.
 
To download the TousAntiCovid app for Apple products:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1511279125
 
To download the TousAntiCovid app for Android products:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.gouv.android.stopcovid
 
 


Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
 
CSF-Languedoc