France has imposed Covid-19’s travel restrictions on Friday morning, which will last until at least December 1. Under the new rules, people will need a certificate to move and travel. between prohibited areas.
Thursday is also one of the last days for people to return home after a half-semester of school in France, which ends after the All Saints holiday this weekend.
Despite serious travel restrictions put in place at midnight on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron assured French citizens that citizens would be allowed by the authorities to return to their homes on Sunday night. .
“Right now, it’s not certain that the congestion is due to congestion.” [people returning from] a spokesman for the Paris regional traffic management agency told CNN.
The official said the traffic jam occurred in both directions, extending inside and outside Paris. “It is too early to confirm that the people of Paris are fleeing the capital,” the spokesperson added. The congestion was not the worst ever recorded in the region, the traffic regulator said but close.
But traffic is significantly worse than the infamous congested summer vacation in the French capital. “This is a bigger number than any other trip in vacation, winter, summer,” said the spokesperson.
University of Texas professor Michael Webber posted a video of the traffic on Twitter.
“Traffic is barely moving in all directions in sight. A lot of drivers honk and get frustrated,” he wrote.
France’s fall closing will be eased compared to the first one in the spring. Schools will remain open and people will be allowed to take care of and work in offices.
But non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed. Macron warns that by mid-November, all ICU beds will be administered by patients with coronavirus unless there is a “stop” measure against these infections.
France has reported a total of more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus infection.