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Covid-19 in France: cinemas, sport, Brexit talks

Gatherings of more than 100 people at a time are now banned in France as part of the latest sweeping measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

13 March 2020
Cinemas and theatres in France affected by ban on gatherings of 100
By Oliver Rowland

In other updates today ministers have referred to Disneyland Paris closing, Brexit talks being called off, football matches being cancelled, and new measures regarding children's schooling.

The French government states France is going to have the “most protective system in Europe”.

The latest updates include:

  • Gatherings of people of more than 100 at once, are banned. This is expected to especially affect venues like cinemas and theatres.
  • Following the suspension of rugby matches in France, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football championships are being suspended immediately until further notice. In the UK the Premiership League football matches are being suspended until April 3.
  • A second round of ‘future relationship’ Brexit negotiations planned in London next week is to be cancelled, however the two sides are looking into possibilities of doing it via video links.
  • The Education Mininster has insisted the school closures are not a ‘holiday’. Every parent will receive information about how to use an online tool called Ma classe à la maison. A special system of financial compensation is in place for parents who have to stop work to be with children at home.
  • Disneyland Paris is closing from tomorrow (Saturday) until the end of the month. Hotels on the site will continue to operate for the time being.

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