January 29th, local time, French Prime Minister Castel delivered a speech after attending the pandemic prevention conference held at the Elysee Palace in the presidential palace, announcing the latest measures taken by the French government to cope with the accelerated spread of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Castel said that the increase in the infection rate of mutant COVID-19 has caused the pandemic to intensify.
Starting from this Sunday (January 31), shopping malls selling non-food products covering more than 20,000 square meters will be closed.
In addition, starting at midnight on Sunday, France will close its borders to non-EU countries.
It is prohibited for anyone from any country other than the EU to enter France unless necessary, and it is also prohibited to leave France for countries outside the EU.
All entry personnel must have a negative nucleic acid test certificate, and travelers to and from overseas territories will also have to hold a negative nucleic acid test certificate.
In addition, in order to prevent the spread of the virus, he stressed that companies should advocate telecommuting; the government will strengthen testing and protection measures, including wearing masks, observing safe distances, and speeding up vaccinations; and the police and gendarmerie will check illegal gatherers and restaurant operators to ensure that restrictions are effectively implemented.