“We are not yet at the end of this second wave and by 15 December we will not reach the target we had set ourselves, which was to go below the 5,000 new cases per day,” French Prime Minister explained.
“Establishments receiving the public, which we had planned to reopen on 15 December, will remain closed for three more weeks,” the prime minister announced.
On the reopening of theatres and cinemas, the PM said: “We will therefore re-examine the possibility of reopening them from 7 January depending on the health situation.”
The curfew to take effect on Tuesday will last from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., with the exception of December 24, when families are invited to celebrate Christmas, but with no more than six adults per household.
Health Minister Olivier Veran admitted that France would fall far short of its goal of a maximum 5,000 new cases per day by Tuesday, when the lockdown ends.
On Thursday, the country recorded nearly 14,000 infections over the previous 24 hours, compared with 12,000 a week earlier.
Meanwhile, France is preparing to kick off a nationwide Covid vaccination campaign in winter when it hopes virus shots will be approved and available.
The start of vaccination is planned for the beginning of January 2021; it is assumed that from 30 to 40% of the city's residents will be vaccinated.