Paris and New York have toughened its restrictions in the face of the rise in infections by coronavirus. The two capitals have decided to expand measures to control the pandemic, including the cessation of all non-essential activity in nine neighborhoods of the American city and the closure of bars and nightclubs in the French capital.
Both have decided to adopt this new package restrictions due to the rise in the rate of infections, although it is still much lower than that of Madrid. The Spanish capital has adopted the new measures with contagion levels ranging, in the last 14 days, from 750 per 100,000 inhabitants, in the center, to more than 1,000 in some of the most affected neighborhoods. In fact, the first measures of the Community of Madrid, which restricted mobility in 37 areas, established the cut at 1,000 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days, a cut that would later be lowered by the Ministry of Health to 500 per 100,000.
In the case of the French capital, the incidence of the virus reaches 260 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, in seven days, which could mean about 520 in two weeks. In the case of New York, the cases in seven days are 46 per 100,000 population, what could it mean 92 in 14 days.
Paris is, as of this Monday, “maximum alert zone” due to the expansion of coronavirus infections. The new restrictions, announced this morning by the mayor of the French capital, Anne Hidalgo, will come into force this Tuesday and include the closure of bars and clubs, the limitation of capacity in universities and the application of new restrictions in the restaurants.
Paris adopts this new package of measures when the incidence of the virus reaches the 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, half that of Madrid.
For now, the new measures will last a few two weeks. After this period, its effects will be evaluated to decide if they last longer or if they can be alleviated. “The epidemic is advancing too fast, we have to stop it now before the health system overflows,” said the prefect of the Paris Police, Didier Lallement, at the press conference. Right now, intensive care units have a occupancy of more than 35%.
Thus, as of this Tuesday, the bars and discos are closed, as well as the betting houses. Restaurants can stay open but will have to comply “a new health protocol” and some limitations that will be detailed throughout the day and alcoholic beverages may not be sold after 10 pm.
Shops will only be able to serve one customer for every four square meters, gyms and swimming pools will also have to close down and universities will restrict their capacity 50%. Weddings will be allowed but only the link will be authorized, without the party and the subsequent treat.
The labor minister, Elisabeth Borne, urged employers and employees to organize to resort to teleworking “as far as possible”. “Many companies allow teleworking and rotations can be organized to limit the impact on work groups, limiting social interactions, whether in the workplace or on public transport,” he explained.
Friends and family gatherings are limited to ten people and events over 1,000 are prohibited. The parks and outdoor sports facilities are kept open although with capacity limitations.
More restrictions in New York
New York has also announced that it will shut down all non-essential activity, including schools, in nine neighborhoods in which the infection rate is at least 3% during the last 7 days.
In a statement, the mayor, Bill de Blasio, has requested that the stoppage of non-essential activity begin on October 7 and he has also called for “high risk” activities to be banned in eleven other New York zip codes.
The proposal raises, among other things that restaurants can only offer take away food and home delivery and the service on terraces and interior dining rooms is canceled.
De Blasio also recommends that schools and non-essential businesses remain closed for at least two weeks and that if the rate of positives in Covid-19 tests is not reduced below 3% let the shutdown continue for another two weeks.
“New Yorkers have worked hard to fight Covid-19 and we are not making this recovery lightly, but science guides our decisions in the city,” de Blasio said, before stressing the importance of wearing a mask and keeping your distance. Social.
According to data provided by local authorities, two of these areas have been registering levels above 3%, another above 4%, in two other areas they have exceeded 5% and in the rest they are between 6 and 8% positive.