PARIS UPDATE 

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Gil in Midnight in Paris – Dreaming in a café on the left bank

What’s the situation regarding the pandemic ? 

(More especially in Paris, the city where I live, but I mention some details about the whole country too)

I wrote this article following several comments on my FB page (Ann Jeanne in Paris) and several personal messages, asking how the situation in Paris was. 

I did my best to summarize the situation upon what I have seen, what I observe every day along my way in the streets of Paris, upon the news on television and radio, and the numerous newspaper articles I have read. In this article I try to be as realistic and honest as possible. So I hope you will forgive me if you find that what’s written in this article is not totally optimistic….

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Yours truly – Photo taken in Summer 2019

Reminder :

 In France, a strict lockdown started mid-March, a few weeks after the 1st reported case in France. Residents could go out for essential needs only, and they had to carry a written document explaining why they had to go out. Daily walks were restricted to one km from home. Public services and essential businesses remained open.

Update on the current situation in France and in Paris

France

At the end of August, coronavirus is still highly active in France.

Unfortunately, new coronavirus cases of Covid recently rose in France, although the number of patients in Intensive care have not risen much. The “Direction Générale de la Santé” (= Health authorities), recently warned : “The viral circulation is clearly increasing in France”. The levels are comparable with the end of lockdown.

Several French departments report more and more infections (map august 25).  11 departments including Paris are now in red area (Actually in dark blue on the map below !).

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The prefects of these departments can take action to limit the spread of the epidemic such as closing some public places like bars, restaurants, show venues, museums.

The current rules about pandemic :

  • Masks are mandatory on public transport and indoor public places (entertainement venues, libraries, museums, public boats, covered markets…) for people aged 11 and over
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, people are adviced to stop cheek kiss and handshakes.
  • The Government  recommendation is to wear masks in open air areas when 1 meter of social distancing is difficult
  • From the 1st of September, workers will have to wear a mask in workplaces.
  • Each city has its own rules for masks wearing in outdoor spaces.
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Place des Vosges – August 2020

Many major cities have extended the national law making masks mandatory in certain busy outdoor public spaces and some streets. In several cities wearing masks is now mandatory in the entire city, like Toulouse (South-West of France) since the 21st of August or Nice (Cote d’Azur, South coast of France)

TODAY UPDATE 8/27/2020 : French prime minister announced today that the Préfecture de Police de Paris in agreement with Anne Hidalgo, Paris’Mayor, decided that face masks would be mandatory from tomorrow (Friday 8/28/2020 8am) in the entire city of Paris. 

  • If people don’t wear a mask when it’s compulsory, they risk a 135 euros fine.

If you’d like to get some information and details about travel restrictions dedicated to Foreign national in France, here is an article on the official website of the French government : For information from the French Government about COVID-19 visit CLICK HERE

What’s might be expected in the next months ?

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A café near my home, where I use to go regularly

Some experts say that there could be a second coronavirus wave in France in the Fall or the Winter.  So French government considers that local lockdown could then be decided. In that case, we would have to limit one’s trips within a 100 km perimeter around the house and we could not be able to leave the department we live in, exactly as it was back in March. Some places (such as cafés) where people traditionally meet, could have to close.

In August, British government requires quarantine for visitors from France. And Germany very recently advised not to visit Paris and the Cote d’Azur except for imperative reasons

Paris

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Paris and its 20 arrondissements

Masks

  • In Paris, like elsewhere in France, wearing masks is mandatory public transport and indoor public places for people aged 11 and over.
  • Until today, people were advised to wear a mask in open air areas when 1 meter of social distancing is difficult. Since the 10th of August, wearing a mask was mandatory in some outdoor areas, mostly in the center of Paris, and places and streets that are often crowded and busy. 

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  • But considering the recent situation, today (Thursday 8/28/2020), the mayor and the government decided that facemasks would be mandatory in the entire city, from tomorrow 8am (from Friday 8/28/2020). Rule for pedestrians, cyclists, scooters…
  • Since Saturday 22d of August, the Paris’ Police prefecture banned any gathering or demonstration over 10 people if barrier gestures and distancing cannot be observed.
  • From the 1st of September, workers will have to wear a mask in workplaces.
  • If people don’t wear a mask when it’s compulsory, they risk a 135 euros fine.
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Yours truly – photo Summer 2019

Other rules in different places

  • In most places: contactless payment for an amount less than 50 euros is possible and recommended, hand sanitizer is available, there are floor markings, limited number of people (Small shops generally don’t accept more than 1 or 2 people at a time)
  • Public transport : hand sanitizer at bus and metro stops, Masks required in the stations and for the entire journey. Half the seats are marked out of bounds to enforce social distancing
  • Restaurants, cafés. Bartender and waiters must wear a mask. Generally in café and restaurants, no menus circulate

 

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August 2020

  • Shops : Shops have compulsory hand-sanitizer at the entrance and a one-way path (people must follow a specific path).
  • Parks and gardens reopened beginning of June
  • Many cultural and leisure venues have reopened: with exceptional measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus : online ticket purchase recommended, limited number of visitors, face masks are required, respect of the social distancing, Cinemas are opened (cinemas since the 22d of June)
  • But the reopening of several places has been delayed such as Carnavalet museum, Palais Galliera, Victor Hugo’s house. Le Grand Rex (the biggest movie theater in Europe) had to close a large part of August.
  • And some events had to be cancelled and sometime postponed to 2021, such as the Marathon de Paris 2020
  • The Eiffel tower reopened on June 2d,
  • Opera Bastille has displayed portraits of 500 health caregivers on its façade to thank them.
  • The boats that cruise the Seine limit the number of passengers on board and have reduced the number of tours within the day, especially during weekdays
  • Schools, universities : children and students will go back to school observing more distancing and facemasks will be mandatory

 

Paris life and the impact of Covid-19 :

Many businesses are deeply impacted by the covid outbreak

I noticed in Paris, that some cafés haven’t reopened yet… hoping that they will reopen soon, and that some shops seem to have closed definitely. All companies linked to travel and tourism are obviously amongst the most impacted by the pandemic. Small businesses are deeply impacted more especially if they belong to tourism field (like my business…).Peinture de L'opéra à la Belle epoque

 

The number of foreign tourists who usually come in August is very low this year. I read that in Paris there were 16 million fewer visitors since the beginning of the year.

Paris is a lot much quieter

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Place du Tertre – Montmartre – August 2020

I take the bus or the metro and walk almost every day in Paris, in many different neighbourhoods, for photography, for videos and for personal reasons too. Paris is a lot much quieter, than the Paris we used to know. It’s especially noticeable in places like Montmartre.  I see foreign tourists but they probably come from other European countries. 

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La Panthéon – A Sunday – August 2020

The positive side of the situation is that you can enter a museum without waiting in line, you can gaze at your favorite works of art in a relaxing atmosphere (!) even at Mona Lisa (the Gioconda). And if you like a very quiet street life, you’re happy !

Cafés have been allowed by the City Hall to expand further than usual. So it’s quite common to see tables and chairs in the middle of a street  (some streets are closed to cars) or in the street along the pavement where cars usually parked

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Saint Germain des Prés – August 2020

YOU   –  PARIS  –  MY AJIP activity

Of course I miss you. Although I carry on taking photos, filming, posting daily photos and videos on my Facebook page (Ann Jeanne in Paris ), my AJIP activity with visitors in Paris is very limited now. Yes I miss you

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When I meet you in Paris !

And I know many of you miss Paris a lot. Many of you had their stay in Paris cancelled or postponed to 2021. I am really sorry. Hope you’ll be there in 2021

I would like to thank you for following my posts, photos and videos and for your nice comments. So glad to read that you enjoy them. Here is the very nice kind of comments I read everyday :

“Love them, thank you.  Seeing Paris everyday makes me very happy !” “We can’t travel to France now. It means so much to me to follow you !

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Yours truly – But where are you …. ??

Through my Patreon page, my current goal : to make you feel you’re there, in Paris, even if you’re not !

As you miss Paris, and as we won’t meet this year, I thought about filming Paris so as to make you feel as if  you were there ! My goal is not to offer guided tours, but to film Paris, to make you feel you’re walking in Paris heading the sounds of the city. Beginning of August 2020, I started posting this videos on my Patreon page Click here

When you subscribe to my Patreon page click here you can have access to these videos while supporting my small business which will help me carry on with my AJIP Paris, despite of this difficult time.

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Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, on Ile de la Cité, nearby Notre Dame de Paris

And do you know that you can even book you own video ? You ask me to film the area, the street(s) you like or you’re interested in, and I will do it through my Patreon page  ! click here

Don’t hesitate to contact  me if you’d like some more details or if you have any question. Contact : click here

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Montmartre – August 2020

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