The French government has ordered all bars and restaurants in the Mediterranean city of Marseille to close starting Monday, the country’s health minister Olivier Véran said Wednesday, adding that the city has now been placed under a state of “maximum alert” following a surge in new coronavirus cases.
Speaking during a briefing, the health minister warned that the circulation of the virus is “particularly strong” in the region.
“These restrictions are temporary; they are there to limit contaminations. The aim is that they do not last more than two weeks,” Véran added.
According to the health minister, the cities of Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Saint Etienne, Rennes, Rouen and Grenoble have also been declared “Enhanced Alert Zones” and will face new restrictions starting Monday, including a limit of 10 people for gatherings and a 10 p.m. curfew on bars.
“We are doing everything we can to avoid a State of Sanitary Emergency,” Véran said.