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Martinique’s Nightly Curfew Gets Pushed Back 2 Hours As Some COVID Restrictions Are Relaxed

Martinique's Nightly Curfew Gets Pushed Back 2 Hours As Some COVID Restrictions Are Relaxed

FORT-DE-FRANCE — Health protocols to protect against the coronavirus virus are loosening a little in Martinique. 

The curfew that began in July in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic will be pushed back two hours starting Friday. It will now start at 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., the prefecture announced on Tuesday.

Since December 8, night traffic restrictions were in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. But from Friday, “we can move freely. You can go to the cinema or to the restaurant, ”commented on local radio RCI the prefect of Martinique, Stanislas Cazelles. However, he warned that “after 10 p.m., there will be checks on the famous certificates that the population knows well”.

“Very good news for restaurateurs”

The measure was expected among the population but also among professionals. “This is very good news for restaurateurs and also for Martiniquais and Martiniquaises”, reacted the president of the association of restaurateurs of Martinique, Stéphane Magin. This curfew relief has also been welcomed in the sporting world. “The postponement of the curfew to 10 p.m. will allow sport to return to its usual organization”, rejoiced René Méril, president of the Territorial Olympic and Sports Committee of Martinique (CTOSMA).

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