Jean Castex, the French Prime Minister, mentioned on Thursday that an infection charges weren’t falling as quick as was hoped following the nation’s lockdown which started in late October.
Museums, cinemas and theatres in addition to sports activities venues, which had been anticipated to reopen on December 15, will stay closed for an additional three weeks.
Bars and eating places will stay closed not less than till 20 January. Some non-essential retailers have been open since 28 November.
The curfew will nonetheless be in place on New Yr’s Eve as a way to stop huge gatherings, Mr Castex confirmed.
The federal government had beforehand mentioned present restrictions would solely be lifted when new day by day circumstances fell to round 5,000 a day. The quantity at present stays above 10,000 – there have been 13,750 infections right now.
France has recorded greater than 2.3 million circumstances and almost 57,000 deaths because the begin of the pandemic.
Mr Castex informed a information convention: “We aren’t but on the finish of this second wave, and we can’t attain the aims we had set for 15 December. We won’t let down our guard.
“Now we have to remain centered, and discover our approach by the subsequent few weeks with a lot of vigilance.”
The choice about preserving cultural venues closed was criticised by some, with actor and director Phillipe Lellouche telling BFM TV: “We’re uninterested in not being given extra consideration. As soon as extra tradition is being left on the aspect of the highway.”