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“We are on the right track” to reopen small shops “around December 1,” says Castex

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Jean Castex, November 20, 2020 in Brest. – AFP

If the decline in epidemic indicators continues, shops could reopen on December 1. “We are on the right track,” said Jean Castex on Friday traveling to Crozon in Finistère.

The Prime Minister recalled after a visit by several traders in the city of the two conditions for this reopening: improvement of health indicators and appropriate protocols. The shops “will be able to reopen as soon as the health indicators improve, it is the first priority and we are on the right track”, he explained during a speech to the press.

Decision next week

“The second condition is that in this sector as in others, the health protocols are adapted, concerted with the profession and I am delighted that, in this case, under the aegis of Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance and Alain Griset, these protocols are progressing ”, he added. “We will see next week, to what extent around December 1 we can move to a new stage” but “we must tirelessly remain all mobilized”, warned the head of government.

“If we continue our efforts, indeed, it will allow you to reopen (…) we hope, around December 1, that is to say as soon as possible”, he had previously explained to a shopkeeper . “The economic activity of our country is not collapsing, it is holding up much better than during the first confinement and it is happy”, also welcomed the Prime Minister.

At the start of the day, Jean Castex praised “the great strength of the hospital in France” which deploys “treasures of the imagination to organize” in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic during a visit to the CHRU in Brest.

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