The City of Lights is shutting down again in an attempt to stave off a third wave of COVID-19. From midnight, Paris will enter lockdown for one month.
2021 Paris Lockdown
Over the last 24 hours, France has recorded 35,000 new COVID-19 cases. Hospitals in the Paris region are filling up, with more people in intensive care units today than at the peak of the second last wave in November. French Prime Minister Jean Castex noted that one person in France is entering ICU every four minutes from COVID-19.
Key details about the new Paris lockdown:
- Effective at midnight on March 18, 2021, non-essential businesses will close for month
- Outdoor exercise is permitted within 10 kilometers of home
- Travel outside your region is not permitted without a “valid” reason
- A form will be required for travel to other regions
- A nationwide PM curfew will remain in place, but will be extended to 7:00PM to account for the longer daylight
- Schools will remain open
- Hotels will remain open, but restaurants, gyms, and spas inside must close (room service permitted)
Meanwhile, vaccination efforts have slowed as the French government has joined other nations in suspending the AstraZeneca vaccine due to blood clot concerns. Even if the vaccine is later re-introduced, BBC noted only 20% of French citizens have confidence in its efficacy.
My Transit In Paris: Cancelled
Not that my trip matters much, but we have cancelled our planned journey via Paris early next month. I had asked for your thoughts on overland transit from Paris to Germany and the consensus was this would be possible since my family holds EU passports.
However, with the country on lockdown and most non-essential businesses closed, we will pick up my item on a future trip to Paris.
> Read More: How Easy Is Overland Transit Via France?
The Paris area will enter a new lockdown in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Other regions may soon follow. In announcing the lockdown, Health Minister Olivier Véran warned the lockdown may be extended, but hopefully would be the final lockdown in France. Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron is facing increasing heat from both sides. Some argue he is not doing enough while others argue that he is not doing enough…ah, the life of politician.
Will the latest Paris lockdown impact your travels?