France to close bars, restaurants in Marseille, more restrictions in Paris and other cities

France will order bars and restaurants shut in Marseille and restrict their opening hours in other cities including Paris as part of efforts to stem a continuing rise in the daily number of infections, Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on Wednesday.

He unveiled a new "national framework", with government recommendations to local authorities depending on where they stand on a new colour-coded map of the country with "red", "super-red" and even "scarlet" areas, news wires reported. The new "scarlet" category, which applies to the city of Marseille and the overseas territory of Guadeloupe, is for areas where very restrictive measures just short of a new lockdown mandatory.

In both "scarlet" areas, bars and restaurants will have to shut completely from Saturday, Veran said, adding that the measure would apply for a renewable period of two weeks.

In "super-red" areas, including Paris and several other cities, bars and cafes will be required to shut from 10pm starting on Monday, the health minister said.

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