Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Paris and France in lockdown (updated information 26-03-2020)
The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, which began in China, has since spread to over 100 countries in the world. It has since been classed as a pandemic by WHO, to help enforce the threat this disease can cause, but also to highlight how important it is to prevent the spread and have measures in place about this outbreak.
The measures the French Government have taken, is to restrict movement to stop the spread of the virus. This means that without due certificates or reasoning for leaving your place of home/residence, you can be fined €135. The French Government has the information to print out, along with more information, valid reasons and an FAQ at this website.
While the situation can be scary, the best advice in place is to keep on top of personal hygiene, such as frequent washing of hands and maintaining a social distance from others. If you show symptoms stay at home, but if they worsen, seek out medical advice and self-isolate until you have further instructions from professionals.
As of 18th March, France itself has seen over 7,730 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 2,100 being in the Ile-de-France region. Due to this the French Government has now banned people from leaving home without a specific reason, such as for specific work situations, and all non-essential establishments are now closed.
However, the lockdown is continuing and even more stringent rules are in place with fines applicable for those that do not comply, as unfortunately the number of cases of Covid-19 has risen in France to over 25,000 as of 25th March 2020, with over 6,500 in Ile de France region and a terrible 1,000 plus deaths within the country.
Therefore as we stated earlier, all non-essential places are closed and hence multiple Paris venues, events, shows, museums, tourist attractions, etc have either cancelled or postponed many events or temporarily closed and some of these include...
- Eiffel Tower - Closed - Disneyland Paris - Closed - Louvre Museum - Closed - Musee d'Orsay - Closed - Musee de l'Orangerie - Closed - Chateau de Versailles - Closed (grounds remain open at this time) - St Patricks Day Parade - Cancelled - France-Ireland VI Nations - Postponed until October - Moulin Rouge - Closed - Chateau de Fontainebleau - Closed - Paris E-Prix - Postponed until October - Musee Eugene Delacroix - Closed - Paris Half-Marathon - Postponed until September - Grand Palais Exhibition - Postponed - Musee Jeu de Paume - Closed - Harlem Globetrotters - Postponed - Paradis Latin - Closed - Les Invalides - Closed - Musee de l'Armee Exhibition - Postponed - Theatre de l'Odeon - Closed - Vertical at Eiffel Tower - Postponed until September - Theatre des Champs-Elysees - Closed - Pompidou Centre - Closed - Cite des Sciences - Closed - La Cinematheque - Closed - Paris Bridal Fair - Postponed - Paris Manga Sci-Fi show - Cancelled - Catacombes de Paris - Closed - Maison de Radio - All performances cancelled to April minimum - Comedie Francaise - Closed - Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris - Postponed to October - Paris Tattoo Convention - Cancelled - Musee Picasso - Closed - Musee Rodin - Closed - Musee Jacquemart-Andre - Closed - BNF (Bibliotheque National de France) - ALL sites Closed - Palais de la Porte Doree - Closed - Institut du Monde Arabe - Closed - Musee des Arts Decoratifs - Closed - Musee Nissim de Camondo - Closed - Palais de Tokyo - Closed - Musee Cluny - Closed - Tour Montparnasse - Closed - Saint-Denis Basilica - Closed - Arc de Triomphe - Closed - Palais Royal - Closed - Sainte Chapelle - Closed - Pantheon - Closed - Chateau de Vincennes - Closed
Numerous shows at Paris venues have also been cancelled or postponed to future dates. Some of these venues include...
- AccorHotels Arena - Bercy Arena - Olympia - Opera de Paris - Philharmonie de Paris - Salle Pleyel - Zenith Paris - Bataclan - Grand Rex - Opera Bastille - Grande Halle la Villette - La Cigalle - Dome de Paris - Palais des Sports - Theatre de la Ville - La Seine Musicale - Stade de France
As of 16th March, the French President has now announced that ALL non-essential places are to close on a temporary basis due to the Coronavirus, which has been classed as an epidemic in France, and this means places such as libraries, gyms, leisure centres, sports venues, shopping malls, clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, etc, even though some establishments can do home deliveries but are unable to accept guests.
In addition, we have had reports that all schools, colleges and child care centres are also being closed from Monday 16th March 2020 for a minimum of two weeks.
When it comes to hotels in Paris, buffet breakfasts have been banned and current recommendations are for in room food services only, with any hotel bars and restaurants only open to guests staying at the establishment and meals provided filmed individually, although this could change with even more stringent measures put in place.
We will continue to update this information, but for more details of Paris events or locations that may be affected please see the official Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau website with their news and updates.
Another point is that although Paris public transport is still running, there are fewer trains and the Metro also has a reduced service, plus as you have probably already heard, many flights have been cancelled.
So as you can no doubt appreciate, please plan any travel and events responsibly and safely, and check in advance with the hotel or venue itself if anything is closed or if you wish to ask for refunds.
However, please look online first before trying to contact a place by telephone as there are limited resources for any company and the influx of calls to certain establishments has also been problematic to the telephone companies, hence hindering emergancy services, etc.
Sources: gouvernement.fr, legisfrance.gouv.fr, RATP, SNCF, Routers, Paris local