Activist groups have announced their intention to stage protests against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in towns and cities across France on Saturday, November 7. The demonstrations, organized via social media, are scheduled to be held outside municipal buildings and mayoral offices from 14:00 (local time). However, it is currently unclear which towns and cities are likely to see significant gatherings.
The protests come a week after tighter COVID-19 restrictions came into force throughout the country, prohibiting most travel between regions in the country and requiring people to remain at home where possible except for shopping, exercise, essential work or to seek medical attention. Bars, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses are also required to close to customers for the duration of the lockdown, although are permitted to continue offering takeaway and delivery services. From Friday, November 6, additional restrictions will be implemented in Paris, banning the consumption of alcohol in public places at night and prohibiting food and alcohol takeaway service between 22:00 and 06:00.
Although the anti-COVID-19 demonstrations are likely to remain small and peaceful, localized disruptions are possible in the vicinity of local government offices on Saturday.
Those in France are advised to monitor developments, avoid large gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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