by Steve Martindale
Following President Emmanuel Macron’s address to the nation on Wednesday 28th October, the country is once again under a national lockdown “until at least 1st December”. Although the number of positive Covid-19 cases had been rising rapidly through the month of October, it had been thought that the government would bring in regional lockdowns for the worst-hit areas and possibly introduce tighter curfews. Rumours of a full national lockdown began to circulate the day before the president’s announcement, but réconfinement still took many by surprise.
The new rules are much the same as for the first national lockdown in March of this year, with all “non-essential” businesses closed. You are not permitted to leave your house unless you have a good reason and have a completed form stating the purpose of your journey. The standard (and sadly familiar) attestation de déplacement dérogatoire is again available both via a webpage on your smartphone and as an English download, but has a few extra reasons for leaving your home this time round.
Click on the links below to download the relevant form:
Attestation de déplacement obligatoire (EN) – click here
Attestation de déplacement obligatoire (FR) – click here
Justificatif de déplacement professionnel (FR) – click here
Justificatif de déplacement scolaire (FR) – click here
One crucial difference of this lockdown is that schools are staying open and a third form has been created to this effect, a justificatif de déplacement scolaire. This form only needs to be filled in once and can be used for any subsequent journey to pick up or drop off your child at school. As previously, there is also a justificatif de déplacement professionnel for anyone leaving their house for a valid professional or business reason.
Note that since schools re-opened, only secondary school students had to wear a mask, but this has now been extended to all children over the age of six (those in primaire).
“Businesses which were defined in Spring as non-essential, and businesses which receive members of the public, notably bars and restaurants, will close,” the president said to the nation. “Every two weeks we will take stock of the health situation, we will take any further measures necessary, and if possible we will lift certain constraints, particularly on shops. I know that many shopkeepers were hoping not to have to close and I am aware that for town-centre businesses I am asking a lot. But we must make this effort for a fortnight and if in two weeks’ time we are in a better situation, we can re-evaluate and hopefully open certain businesses, particularly in such an important run-up to Christmas.”
One positive to take is that most businesses already have the measures and equipment in place to re-open quickly when it again becomes possible and others have developed a stronger online presence over the course of this year. Under the new measures ‘click and collect’ and delivery services are permitted. DIY stores can remain open as can hotels, garages and public services such as post offices and banks. ■