March 19, 2021
Last modified on May 12, 2021
21 million people in 16 regions of France will be placed under the measures from midnight today. Affected areas include Paris and other northern cities. The lockdown will last 4 weeks. UPDATE
Ski lifts remain closed at French resorts, but resorts had hoped people could get there during the Easter holidays.
People subject to the new restrictions are not allowed to travel to other parts of the country unless they have a valid reason.
People living in affected areas will need to fill out a form to explain why they left their homes.
The affected regions are largely in the north of France, although the Alpes Maritimes in the south-east are also included.
It has parts of the Alps of southern France within its boundaries, including the ski resort of Isola 2000.
France has recorded more than 35,000 new infections in the past 24 hours.
It has 273 confirmed cases of covid-19 per 100,000 population over a 7-day period.
In Paris, there are 1,200 people in intensive care – more than the peak of the second wave in November.
Under the new measures, non-essential businesses will be forced to close but schools will remain open.
People will be allowed to exercise outdoors within 10 km of their homes.
The national curfew in France remains in place but will begin an hour later at 7:00 p.m.
It comes as many areas of the French Alps and the Pyrenees have recently seen heavy snowfall.
Covid-19 is increasing in many countries in Europe, with Switzerland extension of Covid-19 measures on Friday.
Other Alpine countries are of concern, with Italy see 263 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period.
In Austria it is 216.
In the ski countries of Eastern Europe, the situation is more worrying and more stringent restrictions are being introduced in the Czech Republic (708), Poland (352) and Bulgaria (296).
Further north in Scandinavia Sweden sees 291 cases.
As they ascend Norway (112) and Finland (86).
In the Pyrenees Andorra is at 243, while Spain is doing well on 58.
Great Britain sees 59 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people over a 7-day period.