Bordeaux, Marseille to announce new coronavirus measures

Cities respond to worsening public health situation as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise

14 September 2020
By Connexion journalist

New Covid-19 measures are set to be announced in Marseille and Bordeaux later on Monday.

The Gironde prefect announced that "new measures intended to respond to the evolution of the health situation in the metropolis of Bordeaux", will be publicly revealed at 15h.

Meanwhile, the regional prefect, police prefect, director of the Regional Health Agency, director of the Marseille Public Assistance Hospitals and the first deputy mayor of Marseille are due to hold a joint press conference at 17h.

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The announcement followed a large celebration by fans of Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille on Sunday evening following the club's victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking on LCI on Monday, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that, at the request of the Prime Minister, "several prefects, including that of the Bouches-du-Rhône, will have the opportunity, no doubt, to propose additional restrictive measures".

It would appear, in Marseille at least, a return to confinement is currently not an option, despite the spike in cases. The city's second deputy mayor Samia Ghali said such a plan was not required, and told FranceInfo: "The mayor of Marseille (Michèle Rubirola) has been talking to the prefect all weekend. She explained everything she had put in place to alleviate this epidemic … I think the prefect was able to listen and understand all the efforts that are being made to avoid punishing the people of Marseille unnecessarily."

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