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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

A few notices relating to the lockdown in Indre-et-Loire

From midday today France has been in lockdown. You have to have good reason to leave your home – essential shopping, medical assistance, exercise  etc. You have to carry a self-signed document explaining why you have left your home temporarily.

Cycling for exercise but not as an organised group is one permissible activity. This afternoon I went for a ride both for exercise and to see what was open in Bléré, our nearest significant town in Indre-et-Loire. The roads were incredibly quiet, so cycling was even more of a pleasure than normal in comparison to London. Bléré was close to being a ghost town.

Notice @L'Empad (home for the elderly in Bléré) banning visitors 

Quite a large range of shops can be open – including garden centres.
Here Vive Le Jardin but limiting the number of 
people in the store to 15 at anyone time.
This morning the Intermarche were limiting the number 
of people allowed in.  

 Announcement: Château de Chenonceau 
closed – a rare occurence!

Closing cafés and restaurants undoubtedly 
causes them cash flow problems
especially those like the Le Relais de Francueil
that has just changed ownership.
Fortunately they can still offer takeaways
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