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France Closes All Restaurants, Cafes and Shops

France Closes All Restaurants, Cafes and Shops
People gather at a cafe's terrace in Le Touquet, on Saturday (AFP via Getty Images)

Saturday, 14 March 2020 03:42 PM

French Prime minister Edouard Philippe announced that France is shutting down all restaurants, cafes, cinemas and retail shops that are not essential, starting Sunday, to face the accelerated spread of the virus in the country.

He said grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other public services including transports will be allowed to remain open.

French authorities had already shut down all schools, banned gatherings of more than 100 people and advised people to limit their social life. Philippe said these measures were “not well implemented.”

“We must show all together more discipline,” he added.

Philippe confirmed that nationwide municipal elections are maintained on Sunday but with special measures to keep people at a safe distance and clean shared material.

Health authorities said more that 4,500 cases have been confirmed in France on Saturday, including 91 deaths.

The Canadian government says any Canadian who's abroad should get back to Canada while it's still possible. That's a step up from previous advice, which urged travelers outside the country to think about doing so because of the pandemic.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne tweeted the new recommendation, warning that commercial travel options might not remain available.

Some countries have already taken measures such as stopping or sharply limiting air traffic. Canada is asking those who return to self-isolate for 14 days.

In Quebec, the government is asking everyone 70 years of age and older to stay home until further notice.

Premier Francois Legault says seniors are far more at risk for COVID-19 and that's why he's asking them to stay inside. He also says that no visitors will be allowed at hospitals, seniors' residences and long-term care facilities.

Legault says the Canadian French speaking province has adopted a decree to declare a state of health emergency for at least 10 days.

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