French restaurants, cinemas and theaters are trying to figure out how a new curfew can be avoided with the aim of stopping the flow of record virus infections.
France recorded more than 30,000 virus cases on Thursday, its highest single day since the epidemic began, and nearly 200 cases per 100,000 people in the past week.
Culture Minister Rosaline Bachelle told the Le Parisian newspaper that he is negotiating for exceptions to a month’s curfew between 9 am and 6 am in the Paris area and eight other metropolitan areas. The curfew comes into force on Friday midnight and France is deploying 12,000 additional police to enforce it.
“The world of French culture is not invincible, it needs help,” said Friday on RTL radio, with writer and filmmaker Yoann Safar, who has a new film.
A movie theater series will begin at 8 am in the hope of causing damage in the evening. Since Parisian restaurants typically open for dinner at 7 or 7:30, some may close altogether because it no longer makes financial sense to remain open for such a short shift.
(This story is published from a wire agency feed without textual modifications.)
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