May 8th 2020


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Day 52 in Carcassonne


4th Day of the 8th week of confinement

It is now official, Monday will see the start of the progressive lifting of the containement

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What does it change for us living in the Aude departement in Carcassonne. Firstly, the departement is classified as green for the time being. The governement will continue assessing and updating the map of France on a daily basis. These assessments are based on data from the previous 7 days. The next step regarding containment will be announced in 3 weeks at the beginning of June.

Briefly and from a national view:

  • All shops are allowed to re-open (not necessarily the case in the departements classified Red).
  • We can travel without restrictions within a radius of 100km from home. Not applicable to us in the Aude departement because it is too small but there is no 100 km restriction within a departement.
  • It is possible to travel further than 100km for work and serious family requirements. In this case a new certificate of exemption is required.
  • It is necessary to have in the car:
    • IDs
    • Proof of residence with your address
    • Personally I have prepared a map showing the 100km radius and will have that with me because I heard that the police do not have an app available to check the distances. Just to be on the safe side of the law.
  • Beaches remain closed but it is up to the local mayors to apply to the Prefect for a possible re-opening. They must present a plan which will ensure the hygiene rules in place can be maintained.
  • There are quite a few other changes but I do not think many if any of us are concerned:
    • Schools re-opening
    • Financial help
    • etc
  • The EU borders remain closed till earliest June 15th.
  • Wether bars and restaurants, cinemas, discos can or cannot re-open will be announced in 3 weeks time at the beginning of June.

The government is strongly advising for vulnerable people (over 65 or/and with pre-conditions like diabetes, heart or lung probelms, obesity,…) to volontarily remain contained.

From a local point of view, there is this morning an announcement (see document in French) from the Préfecture which says: Access to the forest, castles, abbeys and the Canal du Midi will once again be available. by strictly observing the measures of distancing and the prohibition of gatherings more than 10 people. If these recommendations were not respected, the Prefect, but also the mayors, would be with the authority to issue again closure or prohibition orders.

I am sure you al have specific questions. Do not hesitate to ask. I shall do my best to research the answers.

The daily Dashboard

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Information & News

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▶︎ Trains

The main lines are back in service this Friday at the SNCF. As done during the strikes, the SNCF will publish the list of trains in circulation the day before, at 5pm.

From Monday, the number of Ile-de-France suburban trains that will be running will be between 50% and 60% of normal. The level will reach 40% to 50% for TER trains, and 32% for TGV and Intercity trains. The main lines will restart this Friday with 20% of the service and the return of the low-cost TGV Ouigo.

However, journeys will remain limited to 100 km until 2 June, and “only journeys for professional or imperative reasons will be authorised for longer distances”, the public group points out. Offenders risk a fine of 135 euros.

In the TGV and Intercités, the company will continue to sell no more than one seat out of two in order to comply with the distance rules, and booking will be more compulsory than ever. Wearing a mask is also compulsory from Friday.

▶︎ Conflict with Amazon

Amazon announced yesterda that it will extend (again) the suspension of its distribution centers in France until May 13 inclusive, after a court decision requiring it to assess the risks associated with the Covid-19 epidemic.

Food & Drinks

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Psychedelic Mash from Renia


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The daily selection


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The dreaded Statistics

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1. International Statistics: Top 10 countries according to the deaths count

Thursday May 7th 2020

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Wednesday May 6th 2020

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2. International Statistics: Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other: 

Wednesday May 6th 2020

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3. International Statistics: Cases by country v population (1.000 cases or more only)

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4. National Statistics: France follow-up

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5.  Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude

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