January 26, 2022

the measure avoided, but a new Defense Council on January 5

CURFEW. While a new health defense council was held on Monday, December 27, the trail of the curfew for December 31 was ruled out. But Jean Castex announces a new Defense Council on January 5 …

[Mis à jour le 27 décembre 2021, à 22h15] A curfew will therefore not be implemented on the evening of December 31. During a new speech this Monday, December 27, Jean Castex rejected the measure for my New Year’s Eve, even if gatherings and the sale of alcohol on the public highway will be prohibited. But the prime minister immediately announced a new Sanitary Defense Council on January 5. In the meantime, the government has given birth to alternative solutions, in particular focused on a new acceleration of vaccination, the generalized return of masks or more restricted access to meeting places such as bars or restaurants (discover the announcements of Jean Castex).

No curfew on December 31st. While a new health defense council was held on Monday, December 27, the curfew trail for December 31 was not the one favored by the executive, as reported by news channels from the start. late afternoon. Considered a time, this very symbolic measure undoubtedly recalled too painfully the most complicated passages crossed in recent months by the French. An overnight curfew would also have had very little impact on an epidemic wave already well underway, have also tempered some epidemiologists. The introduction of gauges and a restriction of consumption in bars, restaurants and other places of brewing have therefore, for the moment, been preferred to the curfew.

The hypothesis of the implementation of exit restrictions from a certain time remains possible in January. The idea was not clearly mentioned by the presidential palace, Gabriel Attal contenting himself with a vague comment on France 2, Tuesday, December 21: “If we see that there is a very strong resumption of the epidemic linked with the Omicron variant, we will go further (than the measures currently taken) “. But Jean Castex went a little further in his speech on December 27, indicating that a new Health Defense Council would meet on January 5 to review the situation. An announcement that the Prime Minister chose to place at a very precise moment in his speech: just after announcing that a curfew was for the moment removed.

In France, a territorialized and then national curfew was introduced between October 2020 and June 2021. Its implementation was based on three criteria: an incidence rate greater than 250, an incidence rate in people over 65 years greater than 100 and an occupancy rate of resuscitation beds by Covid patients greater than 30%. Thresholds already crossed for several days in this 5th or 6th wave. According to data from Public Health France dated December 27, the national incidence rate exceeds 700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, that among people over 65 years of about 200 and the number of intensive care beds occupied by patients. affected by a severe form of the virus 60%. Objectively, all the signals (compared to the criteria established by the authorities) are in the red.

But since then, the government has not only looked at these data to decide and has changed its tune over the months of the epidemic, with in particular the opening of vaccination. And for a simple reason: even if the virus spreads more, it statistically causes fewer victims and serious forms, hospitals are more protected in proportion to cases of contamination. No more restrictions for everyone, the goal is to impose more constraints on the unvaccinated (10% of over 18 years). “Each week, with the level of knowledge that we have, we consider that this is important, in this case the vaccination, that can be discussed, but we do not choose it today”, insisted on specify the Minister of Health, evading the question of the curfew. “If there were announcements to make, we would have made them last week,” he simply blurted out. “The question which is being addressed today is that of the vaccination pass”.

Any other restrictions for restaurants and bars?

The curfew, like confinement, is apparently one of the government’s latest weapons to stem a possible saturation of hospitals. Previously, the question of establishing new restrictions in places of assembly is still possible. After the gauges inside and outside, after wearing the extended mask, after the ban on alcohol consumption while standing or with zinc in bars and cafes, after the ban on eating in public places such as theaters, cinemas and sports facilities, it is indeed the closure of these places and shops that can still be activated. While nightclubs are closed until the beginning of January, at least it is restaurants, bars, shops, places of culture and sport that seem in the hot seat.

Before curfew or confinement restrictions, the executive will probably intend to activate the levers that work to break an epidemic dynamic: limiting the opportunities for mixing the population in closed places where the mask is only little or not worn, as in restaurants and bars.