People ordered off the beaches as France tightens lockdown rules

People ordered off the beaches as France tightens lockdown rules
The message on Saint-Lunaire beach reads 'have a good lockdown'. Photo: AFP
As France tightens up the rules on day 3 of its coronavirus lockdown, beaches have been added to the banned list in some places.

Local authorities in Corsica, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Occitainie – which covers the whole south coast of France – have banned any access to the beaches.

Corsica Préfet Franck Robine told France Info radio station: “The permitted outings must be short outings, close to the home, but it was observed that on the beaches there were sometimes gatherings, sometimes lasting for several hours.”

The beach ban, which so far only covers the south of the country, was one of several ways restrictions were tightened on the third day of lockdown.

The lockdown orders everyone to stay in their homes for at least 15 days – although this is likely to be extended.

People can only leave in the following circumstances

  • For travel to and from work IF your work is essential and cannot be done from home
  • To buy food and essentials
  • For medical appointments
  • For vital family reasons such as providing care to children or elderly people (but not for family visits)
  • For individual physical activity

But after police issued 4,000 fines on the first full day, the regulations are getting tighter.

France's sport minister on Thursday clarified that the exercise would be limited to a jog of 1km-2km, and cycling is completely forbidden.

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