French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe has just addressed the nation on Saturday saying all public spaces are to close with immediate effect, as a countermeasure to the coronavirus outbreak.
All French public spaces closed
In a live TV address he told French citizens that from Saturday night until further notice all restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas, nightclubs and all non-essential public spaces will be closed.
However, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, supermarkets, tabac shops and all essential ‘living’ services will remain open.
The Prime Minister made the live address at 7.30 pm French time.
Professor Jerome Salomon, the French Director General for Health, told viewers that it was imperative that people take the outbreak seriously. He said they must pay strong attention to their personal hygiene, minimising contact and regularly washing their hands.
Salomon said that if everyone remains vigilant and takes the outbreak seriously, then they could limit the spread of the virus.